Reminder: Contribute to STERA Before Year’s End

imageBarrie Schwortz posted the following reminder on STERA’s Facebook page last evening:

The STERA, Inc. Board of Directors held their final meeting of the year today and asked me to remind you that there is still time to make a tax deductible contribution before the end of the year and claim it as a deduction on your 2014 taxes. Just visit the Secure Contribution Form at to donate. Your help is truly needed and deeply appreciated!

Barrie points out that your credit card information (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover) will be sent using 256 bit encryption algorithms.

Looking at the form, I notice that you can use your Paypal account. If you prefer, you can mail a check. You can even telephone your credit card information to 719-689-2217.

STERA’s Annual Fundraising Campaign

imageBarrie Schwortz writes on the STERA Facebook page:

Our next website update marks the official start of our annual end-of-year fundraising campaign. As you know, STERA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies, in part, on the generosity of our viewers to help maintain the website and our other projects. You can safely make a tax deductible contribution online using your credit/debit card or PayPal via our Secure Contribution Form at In appreciation, those who contribute $100.00 or more will receive a special gift for their kindness. Thank you for your support!

STERA, Inc. Secure Contribution Form

Welcome to the STERA, Inc. Secure Contribution Form. Your credit/debit card information will be sent in 256 bit encrypted form for your security. To use your Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card, carefully complete and submit the form below….

STERA is an approved 501(c)(3), “Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organization.” Therefore, if you file taxes in the United States, your contribution may be tax deductible. I hope you will give generously to the organization, which maintains the website and supports other independent activities related to the Shroud of Turin.

STERA is not large enough to be rated by any of the major charity rating services. However, the following data is available from the IRS via Charity Navigator. You may want to review STERA’s latest Form 990 or 990EZ (according to Charity Navigator the latest form on file is for December, 2012). Please be aware that with small organizations, asset, revenue and expenses amounts can be very volatile year-to-year and are therefore often not good indicators*.

  • EIN:   26-3322158
  • Street Address:   1094 HIGHLAND MEADOWS DR
  • City, State, Zip:   FLORISSANT, CO 80816-8818
  • NTEE Code:   X99
  • NTEE Classification:   Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C.
  • NTEE Type:   Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
  • Classification:   Educational Organization
  • Subsection:   501(c)(3) 
  • Foundation Status:   This information is temporarily unavailable from the IRS
  • Deductibility: Contributions are deductible
  • Affiliation: Independent
  • Group Name: [Not Applicable]
  • Ruling Date: July, 2009
  • Asset Amount:   $13,457 for 2012*
  • Income Amount:    $71,754 for 2012*
  • Form 990 Revenue Amount:   $71,754 for 2012*
  • Latest Form 990 Return:   December, 2012
  • Filing Requirement:  990 (all other) or 990EZ return
  • Fiscal Year End:  December
  • IRS Forms 990 On File:  December, 2012; December, 2011; December, 2010

* According to forms 990EZ, Part I, Line1, “Contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts received” in 2010 were $82,924; in 2011 were $ 36,061 and in 2012 were $71,754. Amounts for 2013 are not available at this time from Charity Navigator or other known online sources.

Look for an update to maybe tomorrow

imageBarrie Schwortz writes on the STERA Facebook page:

Sorry for the long silence, but we are working hard to get as much as possible into the next website update, which will probably go online Sunday, October 5th, a few days before the upcoming St. Louis Conference. It will include 5 more issues of Shroud Spectrum International, conferences updates, more on the 2015 public exhibition, many new books, papers and articles and much more. See you then!

Barrie Schwortz to Appear Sunday on Jim Paris Live

Barrie Schwortz reports on the STERA Facebook page:

imageI have been invited to appear on the Jim Paris Live radio program in the 2nd hour of the show, starting at 10:00pm E.T. on Sunday evening, June 22, 2014. The below link is to the online page where you can listen to the program live.

On Air : : The Premiere Talk Radio Syndicator

Pictured:  Jim Paris.  Here is a press release on PRWeb announcing his recent addition to the Genesis Communications line up.

I look forward to hearing Barrie. If anyone spots an archive link for the audio, let me know.

Anticipating the Conference: Charles Madder on Ray Rogers’ Archives

Charles Mader  |  10-Oct-14  |  6:30-7:00 pm


As a professional colleague and friend of Raymond Rogers at Los Alamos while he was alive I was asked by his wife, Joan Rogers, to recover after he died the files from his inoperative personal computer which contained details of the Shroud studies he described in his book ‘A Chemist’s Perspective of the Shroud’ and interesting interactions with members of the Shroud community and the data bases he generated studying the Shroud.  The files were recovered and shared with Barry Schwortz to include as part of the STERA, Inc archive.

Click on the title to read the full abstract. Click here for the conference home page.

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