There are times when one has no alternative but to appeal to one's friends. You have helped us with your support in the past, which has enabled us to continue the publication of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, in print and electronically, and I am most grateful to you. Without such support progress on the Encyclopaedia could not continue.
The Encyclopaedia Iranica is a collective undertaking, one of those rare human endeavors that is larger than the sum of its parts. Through the internet, we have introduced our Persian heritage to an international audience, elevating worldwide understanding of a cultural history that is an inseparable part of each one of us. I wish I could avoid bothering you during this time of trouble, but it is my hope that you will share my conviction that the Encyclopaedia must persevere
The current economic crisis has reduced the amount of our Endowment Fund and has adversely impacted both the quantity and level of contributions we typically receive from the friends of the Encyclopaedia.
I know that it may not be a rosy time financially for you either, but what can one do in such cases other than appeal to one's friends and to our shared sense of commitment to this most ambitious of projects that seeks to preserve and celebrate our remarkable culture? Please do what you can to help us out.
Kindly make your check payable to the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation and mail it to the above address. No matter the size, I appreciate your gift. Every gift counts, and all donations are subject to tax exemption according to law.
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With my best wishes and sincere thanks,
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