Friends of the East Broad Top
A nonprofit society dedicated to the preservation and restoration
of the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark
Things we do

Why Donate?

Are you interested in railroads; specifically in preserving the oldest original narrow gauge railroad still operating in the United States east of the Mississippi? Are you interested in industrial archaeology? How about early 20th century coal mining and late nineteenth century iron making? Are you interested in turn-of-the-nineteenth century industrial processes like machining, forging, blacksmithing and foundry work? Are you interested in preserving American National Historic Sites for our children and grandchildren? Or would you simply like to make a difference with a worthwhile, relevant project?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you should consider a donation to the Friends of the East Broad Top. The East Broad Top Railroad is relevant to all of the above subjects and more. Donating to the FEBT will help to preserve and restore a unique and valuable piece of American History. Your donation will buy tools and materials to help out volunteers carry out their important task of stabilizing, preserving and restoring priceless buildings, track, machinery and rolling stock of the East Broad Top. Your donation will help increase the FEBT's collection of artifacts, materials and paper documenting the history and operation of this south central Pennsylvania narrow gauge railroad. Your donation will help fund professional documentation projects of buildings and structures in danger of being lost due to the ravages of time. Your donation may help someone else to learn about and enjoy this fascinating little narrow gauge railroad

There are many reasons for assisting us in our efforts to keep the EBT alive and well. Why not read through some of the ways you can donate on this page and then become a part of this effort by becoming a member of the FEBT and donating to the cause.

P.S. You do not have to be a member of the FEBT to donate... but why not join anyway?

Monetary Donations

Although the day-to-day operation of the Friends of the East Broad Top is generally covered from members dues, funds to carry out the major part of the FEBT mission statement, preserving and restoring the EBT, comes from the generous monetary donations of individuals like you. Each donation we receive will be acknowledged in writing by the treasurer of our restoration fund.

Our current fund drive includes a free art print with donations at a certain level. Through December 31st of 2015 you have have your choice of the 2015 or 2016 print for a $75 donation or both for a $150 donation. After December 31st of 2015, only the 2016 print will be available.

2015 print "Meet at Coles Tank" 2016 print "Late Afternoon at the Tipple"

You may contribute to the fund online through our secure payment gateway at:

Online FEBT Restoration Fund Donations


or by mail by sending your check to:

FEBT Restoration Fund Treasurer
513 Shady Avenue, No. 12
Pittsburgh PA 15206-4447

FEBT is a registered non-profit organization, and as such your donations are tax deductible.

Artifact Donations

The Friends of the East Broad Top is constantly searching for historical items and artifacts relating to the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company and the customers it served. Our museum holds an increasing number of valuable EBT related items, while the FEBT's C.R. Wilburn Library contains a growing archive of EBT historical material. We actively encourage individuals and groups who are holding EBT artifacts and material to consider donating them to the Friends of the East Broad Top. We would also encourage those who do not wish to part with their items at this time, to consider a bequest of future gift of their EBT related items to the Friends of the East Broad Top.

Similar to Gifts and Bequests (see below), donation of "in-kind" items can represent a significant asset to your tax or estate planning. Please address all inquiries regarding donations of EBT related materials and artifacts to:

R. Lee Rainey
784 Tanager Drive
State College, PA 16803-2502
Telephone: (814) 867–7878 (evenings)
E-mail: leerainey@aol.com

Donations of Tools, Materials & Equipment

The Friends of the East Broad Top's restoration efforts are in constant need of various tools, materials and equipment. If you are interested in donating in kind to the FEBT's restoration efforts, please see the donation section on the restoration page for more details on the types of items required and how to donate them.

Corporate Matching of Donations

Corporate matching gifts are an easy way for donors to increase the impact of their personal contributions to the Friends of the East Broad Top. In most cases the result is to double and sometimes triple the amount that you give. We will be happy to provide the necessary information if your employer has such a corporate program to match charitable donations made by its employees and retirees.

Here is a partial list of companies we have received matching contributions from:

Designated Gifts and Bequests

A gift is a planned donation made during your lifetime. A bequest is a planned donation that is specified in your will. Planned giving not only benefits the Friends of the East Broad Top, but can provide a significant tax advantage to the donor as well. Your personal tax advisor or accountant can discuss with you how your gift, or bequest to the Friends of the East Broad Top can minimize your tax liability.

Gifts or bequests may be made generally or to a specific FEBT project or program. We will gladly discuss with you arrangements for donations or gifts to the Friends of the East Broad Top. Our legal advisor can also supply information about including FEBT in your will.

For further information concerning any of these donation opportunities, please direct your inquiries to:

R. Lee Rainey
784 Tanager Drive
State College, PA 16803-2502
Telephone: (814) 867–7878 (evenings)
E-mail: leerainey@aol.com

Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and historical society dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad. Friends of the East Broad Top is not affiliated with the East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Co.


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