As a unique personality bearing the traits of a universal figure, Nikos Kazantzakis continues to inspire younger generations and to be the focus of interest for a wide variety of people. Through its activities, the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum aspires to live up to its responsibility to promote the work and thought of such an outstanding figure, while relying on donations as its main source of income. Your financial contribution will enable the Museum to enrich its collections; to preserve, make full use of and promote its valuable hoard of material; to develop activities in new areas, in accordance with modern concepts in museum science; to enhance its internal operation and the services it offers.
A substantial number of benefactors and donors have endowed the Foundation with significant assets, offered financial donations and deposited artworks and family heirlooms, thus making a vital contribution to the enrichment of the collections and supporting the Museum in its multifaceted work.
Friends can contribute to the museum's work by offering
Donations in kind
Assets and real estate
The main core of the Museum's collections owes its existence to the indefatigable efforts of founder Yiorgos Anemoyiannis and constant donations from Eleni Kazantzaki. From 1976, when he first conceived of creating a personal museum for Nikos Kazantzakis, until his life came to an end in 2005, Anemoyiannis kept in constant contact with hundreds of individuals, foundations and organizations that held any material evidence, however large or small, of the author's life and work. The unbounded affection and trust shown by friends, whose donations range from a first edition to an entire letter archive, have led to a thirty-fold increase in the number of artifacts since the museum opened in 1983.
Many have seen the Foundation as the natural home for the safekeeping and showcasing of the material they once owned. Private individuals who have deposited evidence of the author's life oeuvre at his spiritual home include Anna Sikelianou (who donated letters from Kazantzakis to Angelos Sikelianos), Marika Papaioannou (letters from Kazantzakis to her husband Emile Hourmouzios), Ruth Gorney-Dunkleblum (letters from Kazantzakis to her mother Leha Levin-Dunkelblum).
In fulfilling one of the main purposes for which it was established, the Foundation gladly and responsibly accepts donations of any material witness to the presence and oeuvre of Nikos Kazantzakis, however big or small it may be.
A receipt is made out in the donor's name for each artefact received. Thereafter, the artefact is catalogued and a digitized record made, before it is preserved and exhibited or placed in storage. The donor's name is recorded both in the electronic catalogue and in the annotation for permanent or temporary exhibitions, as well as being published on the donors' web page; if the donor wishes to remain anonymous, his or her name is only recorded in the electronic catalogue. A similar procedure is followed in cases where an artefact is donated by an individual or organization in memoriam, with annotation to that effect (Donated by [name] in memoriam [name]).
Materials enriching the museum's collections and of immediate interest are:
Editions of Kazantzakis' works, whether Greek or foreign
Studies on Kazantzakis, whether published separately or in periodicals
Letters to and from Kazantzakis or to third parties, if the content directly relates to the author and his environment
Manuscripts and personal items verified as having belonged to Kazantzakis
Photographs of Kazantzakis, whether originals or copies
Audio-visuals, printed matter and other material from play performances and film, TV and radio versions of Kazantzakis' works
Sound and audiovisuals from lectures, radio programmes and events relating to Kazantzakis, as well as documentaries on his life and work
Artworks which portray Kazantzakis or were inspired by his oeuvre
The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum is a private, self-funding institution that derives its income from tickets, the sales point and financial donations.
Any amount makes a vital contribution to covering running costs, improving existing services and offering new ones, as well as to fulfilling the Foundation's aims. These are to enrich the collections, safeguard and preserve material evidence, make it available to the general public and scholars, and to promote Nikos Kazantzakis' work and thought.
Donations of up to 299.99 Euro may be made directly to the Foundation. Amounts exceeding that limit must be deposited in the Foundation's bank account.
Financial donors are issued with receipts to the relevant amount - see the financial contributions procedure.
Donation of services
The Foundation also accepts donations in the form of services offered by self-employed professionals and businesses. The commercial value of services rendered is taken to be the amount donated, and donors are entitled to the same museum benefits applying to individuals and legal entities.
Services corresponding to the museum's needs are:
Planning and drawing up specialist surveys
Development and application of educational programmes for specific groups within the population
Artefact cataloguing and documentation
(N.B.: The services rendered and individuals making the donation must fulfill the conditions and standards laid down by the Foundation).
Gifts in kind
In addition to donations of artefacts enriching the collections and fulfilling the aim of increasing cultural resources, the Foundation accepts donations in kind which satisfy basic day to day operational needs, or contribute in creating a service offered to its public.
The following are considered to be donations in kind: offers or upgrade of electronic equipment in the Computer Room; offers of preservation and storage materials for artefacts; offers of food and refreshments at events; offers of material used in maintaining or improving the Foundation's mechanical equipment and buildings etc.
The Foundation undertakes to post a sign in the place where the donation appears (depending on its commercial value) or affix a plaque to the object itself, and to publish the donor's name on the donors' web page.
Assets and real estate
The Foundation accepts donations in the form of assets such as shares, trade rights and copyright royalties, bonds etc., as well as real estate such as plots and parcels of land, houses, apartments and shops.
On receipt of the donation, the Foundation acquires full rights to use and dispose of assets, and the right to dispose of or rent real estate, on the basis of the best financial use and return on its assets.
In the case of real estate, proprietors can retain bare ownership, with full transfer becoming effective on their death.
They think of me as a scholar, an intellectual,
And I am none of them.
When I write, my fingers
get covered not in ink, but in blood.
I think I am nothing more than this:
an undaunted soul.
Words Nikos Kazantzakis
used to describe himself in 1950.