The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society are considered charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes and may be deducted to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of our exemption document is available for public inspection.

There are numerous ways your donation can be put to use to enhance the quality of RBFS sponsored programs and events thereby benefiting the organization's membership, Sussex County residents, visitors to the southern Delaware coastal area, as well as young emerging filmmakers.  Please use the links below to access more information about various donation opportunities.

Every contribution is very much appreciated.

$100,000 Challenge Grant Matching Donation

Help us reach the $100,000 Matching Grant Campaign which will be used to create a mini theater at the Cinema Art Theater and support equipment purchases and repairs as well as future technology upgrades. click here

 

Annual Giving / General Donations

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society relies on donations to help support its community-based operations. As with most arts organizations, ticket sales do not cover the full cost of presenting quality films. An annual giving campaign is conducted in December in order to raise needed operating funds. General, non-restricted donations can be made at any time of the year.

If you are interested in making a charitable contribution to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, click here to make a donation online, or send a check to RBFS, 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.

Employer Matching Contribution Programs

If your employer has a Matching Contribution Program, please consider maximizing your contribution to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society by processing the paperwork needed to designate the Film Society as a recipient. Many companies will match your contribution equally or provide a greater match.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society does have an IRS designated status of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. As such, donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

The Film Society will confirm your donation and submit any required documentation. In addition, your company will be acknowledged in the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival program as a Contributor. 

Glenn C. Bowman Endowment Fund

The Film Society has been very fortunate to receive assistance from committed and generous individuals, including Glenn Bowman. Glenn was a Board member whose love of independent film was amazing. During the Film Society's early years, Glenn chaired the Summer Film Review process, five days a week. He didn’t just turn the projector on, he previewed each film, researched additional information about each film, and prepared background summaries to make the screeners more aware of the film’s history. Once films were selected for the Festival, Glenn helped write descriptions for the event’s program. As a retired public school teacher, Glenn became the Film Society’s educator. During Glenn’s term on the Board, he assisted with many other projects and his input helped steer the Film Society’s course of growth.

Glenn’s untimely death in September of 2001 was a tremendous loss to the Film Society. But even with his passing, Glenn continued to give generously to this organization. As part of his estate, Glenn made a financial donation to the Film Society. The Film Society's Board of Directors decided to establish the Glenn C. Bowman Endowment Fund in honor of Glen’s generosity. The fund is being managed by the Delaware Community Foundation which has a long history of managing endowment funds for not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and corporations throughout the state.

The Glenn C. Bowman Endowment Fund is used to support community participation initiatives, primarily outreach efforts which Glenn saw as part of the Film Society’s mission. Part of the Bowman Fund was used to support the creation of the Cinema Art Theater, a project that Glenn would think is a great outreach to the community.

The Film Society invites film enthusiasts, supporters of the Film Society, and friends of Glenn Bowman to make donations to the Glenn C. Bowman Endowment Fund. It is through donor generosity, and the future generosity of others, that the Film Society will be able to continue Glenn’s efforts to bring independent films to Delaware.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Glenn Bowman Endowment Fund, click here to make a donation online, or send a check to RBFS, 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.

Lori Phillips Fund for Social Justice

Lori Phillips’ involvement with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society began as a film enthusiast, transitioned to a volunteer, and culminated as a Board member, serving from January, 2002 until her untimely death in April, 2004. At the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival in 2004, Lori’s family presented a financial donation to the Film Society in memory of Lori.

The Board of Directors decided to establish a fund in Lori’s name with a focus that corresponds to Lori’s personal commitment to social justice. An annual draw from this fund will be matched by an equal amount from the Film Society’s annual operating budget and will be used to support a community outreach and/or educational film initiative that promotes social justice at the grassroots level and shall be advertised as being sponsored by the Lori Phillips Fund for Social Justice.

The Film Society invites film enthusiasts, supporters of the Film Society, and friends of Lori Phillips to make donations to the Lori Phillips Fund for Social Justice. It is through donor generosity, and the future generosity of others, that the Film Society will be able to continue Lori’s commitment to social justice.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Lori Phillips Fund for Social Justice, click here to make a donation online, or send a check to RBFS, 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.

Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award

Morris and Roz Fierberg were actively involved in the development of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the award-winning Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. During the Festival's early years, their retail skills were instrumental in starting a Merchandise Booth. They also assisted with reviewing films, recruiting additional volunteers, and encouraging others to attend the Festival. Being quite resourceful, Roz and Morris persuaded two of their sons, Andy and Stephen, to participate by facilitating seminars, allowing their films to be exhibited, and conducting Q&A(s) after film screenings. The involvement of the Fierberg family is greatly appreciated.

The Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award was established in 2004 in memory of Morris. The fund’s name was expanded to include Roz just prior to her passing in 2010. The purpose of this award program is to encourage student film production by acknowledging the outstanding work of a student film director. Full-time high school or undergraduate students from the United States are eligible to participate.

Each year a review panel consisting of (1) Fierberg family member or representative, a teacher or professional in the film production area or art field, and the Film Society’s Education/Outreach Coordinator screen each submission and rate the films on originality, execution, (technical proficiency in four areas) and overall quality. Award recipients are announced in October each year. The first place award is a $1,000 cash prize and the Honorable Mention award is a $250 gift card.

To read about previous recipients, click here.

The Film Society invites film enthusiasts, supporters of the Film Society, and friends of Roz and Morris Fierberg to make donations to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award. It is through donor generosity, and the future generosity of others, that the Film Society will be able to continue the Fierberg’s commitment to youth and the art of film making.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award, click here to make a donation online, or send a check to RBFS, 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.

Planned Giving – Charitable Bequest

If you would like to leave a lasting gift to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society as part of your legacy, please consider issuing a charitable bequest. A charitable bequest is a gift made through a will. Charitable bequests are revocable, flexible, and can provide estate tax advantages. Bequests are often used to create a named fund in honor of an individual or family. The Bequest can be established to support a specific project that was favored by the donor or the use of the donation can be left to the discretion of the Film Society’s Board of Directors.

A bequest can be a gift of a specific sum or asset, a percentage of the estate, or the residual estate. You may designate a charity as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or a retirement plan, such as a qualified pension and profit-sharing plan 401(k) or Keogh plan, or individual retirement account. Many people have life insurance that has outlived its original purpose and a charity can be designated as the beneficiary.

An attorney can help you make a charitable bequest that fits into your overall estate plan. Often, a charitable bequest may be made in codicil (or as an addition to) your will. Staff at the Rehoboth Beach Film Society can work with you and your advisor.

If you are interested in making a charitable bequest to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, please contact Sue Early (302-645-9095, ext 3.) All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.