How to Donate
Please click the Donate Here link above using any major credit card or a Paypal account.
By Mail, please make checks payable to Friends of the Thorsen House, mail to:
Friends of The Thorsen House
P.O. Box 29
Berkeley, CA 94701-0029
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who We Are
OverviewFriends of The Thorsen House (FOTH) is an independent non-profit corporation formed to provide financial support for the preservation and seismic rehabilitation of this Greene & Greene masterwork. Paramount to our mission is to ensure that future generations will continue to be inspired by its extraordinary design and craftsmanship.
FOTH has developed a network of advisors, including enthusiasts and professionals from Seattle to Pasadena, who have brought to the group their expertise in Greene and Greene, historic preservation, fundraising, organizational management, and law. Interest in our project has been strong throughout the United States and Internationally.
Mission StatementFriends of The Thorsen House exists to inspire and engage public support for the preservation of the Thorsen House, last of the “Ultimate Bungalows”, designed by internationally revered architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1909.
Legal StatusFriends of The Thorsen House was incorporated in 2011 as a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation. A Board of Directors manages the corporation. Charitable status under Federal Tax Code is expected in early 2013.
Our Relationship to Sigma PhiA Grant Agreement (with execution pending) between FOTH and the California Sigma Phi Society, owner of the house, provides an orderly and secure means of applying for and granting funds for specific restoration projects. The grants will support preservation of the architectural, historic and cultural features of the property as defined by the Preservation Conservation Easement granted to the California Preservation Foundation in 2003.
Friends of The Thorsen House is and will remain a legally distinct and separate organization from Sigma Phi. Its board of directors includes members of Sigma Phi, but its by-laws ensure that the majority of the membership is non-Sigma Phi members, ensuring that an arms length relationship exists between the two entities.