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The Greene Foundation Office and the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library are open Monday to Thursday each week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In addition the Library is open once a month on a Saturday. Please check the Library section of our Home Page for details.
The Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation was established in 1975. The initial funding of the Foundation consisted of a series of gifts made to the Foundation by Vincent Graves Greene.
It is expected that these funds will be augmented by gifts from individuals or organizations who are interested in furthering the purposes of the Foundation.
The Foundation bears the name of Vincent Graves Greene who was considered to be the Dean of Canadian Philatelists. He was a signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists; a recipient of the Lichtenstein Award; and a Fellow of both the Royal Philatelic Society, London and the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. He served on many international juries and made significant contributions to all areas of philately.
The Foundation is incorporated and registered as a charitable organization for Canadian tax purposes.
The primary purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and promote research in the fields of philately and postal history. To carry out this purpose the Foundation is empowered to raise and distribute funds, to enter into arrangements with various authorities and to employ staff as necessary to attain its objectives.
1. The establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive library for research and study purposes.
2. The provision of expertization service for the validation of Canadian philatelic and postal history items.
3. To conduct or support lecture programmes or courses of study designed to improve and expand the knowledge of Canadian philatelists and postal historians.
4. To encourage, participate and organize philatelic and postal history exhibitions, competitions and displays.
5. To underwrite and publish philatelic and postal history research work in various formats.
In addition, the Foundation will make available meeting space for suitable organizations. The Library is open to groups meeting at the offices of the Foundation and at other times by special arrangement.
Applications for the support of projects within the purposes of the Foundation should be made in writing enclosing all necessary details to the Board of Directors. All proposals must include an explanation of the project, an estimate of financial need, biography of the person or persons undertaking the work, the time involved and the eventual disposition of the results.
Approval of all applications is subject to the availability of funds.
J. Edward Nixon, FRPSC, FRPSL
Vice-President & Secretary
Sam Chiu, FRPSC
Ingo Nessel, FRPSC, FRPSL
Garfield Portch, FRPSC
Kimmo Salonen (Director Emeritus)
Lee Ann Stewart, Executive Assistant & Recording Secretary
Emily McKibbon, Library Manager
J. Edward (Ted) Nixon (Chairman)
The Expert Committee has excellent relations with other expert committees and individuals and will consult with one or more of them in a case of difficulty.
The Greene Foundation accepts donations and bequests of money and philatelic material from individuals and organisations who are interested in furthering the purposes and functions of the Foundation and who wish to provide assistance in a concrete fashion for the development of the hobby.
The Foundation solicits donations and bequests of money. These financial donations will be deposited in the capital funds of the Foundation and the investment income used to assist with the operations and purposes of the Foundation for an indefinite period. A charitable donation receipt for income tax purposes will be issued for the amount of the money donated.
Donations of philatelic literature are accepted for the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library within the Foundation. Potential donations must be discussed with the Foundation to ensure the Library has a need for the material and it fits with the mission of the library.
Donations of stamps and postal history may be accepted by the Foundation if they are suitable for the Foundation reference collection and its use in the Expertization function.
Donations of exceptional historical philatelic artifacts may be accepted by the Foundation following discussion regarding their suitability and the ability of the Foundation to store and present such material.
Donations of philatelic literature, stamps, postal history, and historical artifacts are considered donations of material in kind. Such donations will have a certified appraisal of fair market value obtained in accordance with the rules of the Canada Revenue Agency if a charitable donation receipt is requested from the Foundation.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which has registered charitable organization status under the Income Tax Act. Our Canadian Registered Charity number is BN 13029 9308 RR 0001. Donations and bequests should specify the recipient as "Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation".