Celebrity memorabilia and autographs help non-profits raise money in several ways. Generally, when non-profits receive these types of items, they auction them off at fundraisers. A unique item not only raises money, but also draws more attention to an organization and its event.
Nelson Deedle: Celebrity Memorabilia Donations Beneﬁt Charities A renowned autograph authenticator and the owner of Iconographs, Inc., Nelson Deedle possesses a personal autograph collection of more than 100,000 items. He has worked with and authenticated the autographs of many major celebrities in the entertainment and music industries. Over the course of his 20-year career, Nelson Deedle has also donated memorabilia to charitable organizations around the world. Celebrity memorabilia and autographs help non-proﬁts raise money in several ways. Generally, when non-proﬁts receive these types of items, they auction them oﬀ at fundraisers. A unique item not only raises money, but also draws more attention to an organization and its event. Recently, Lincoln director Steven Spielberg and Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis donated several items to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, a non-proﬁt group in Ireland. The autographed script and several movie props will easily bring thousands of dollars. Fight Club star Edward Norton made a similar donation to his own charity: the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, oﬀering signed movie posters and props to donors. In each of these cases, the celebrity memorabilia helped raised international awareness about the organizations’ worthy eﬀorts.
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