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Bells for Peace…to Honor the Past and to Assure the Future
A Bell Tower with No Voice … and a Building in Need of Restoration and Preservation

The Belgian Friendship Building, a world icon, on the campus of Virginia Union University is the relocated Belgian Pavilion of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The building was awarded to Virginia Union University from the government of Belgium at the close of the Fair in 1941 because of its mission and location. Its majestic 161 foot tower has been without its bells for more than 60 years. The originals ring from Hoover Tower at Stanford University. Now you can help to restore and preserve this historic international Virginia Landmark and United States Treasure in pristine condition - and replace the bells with beautiful new ones.

All Donations Will Be Appreciated

Send your tax deductible contributions to: Bells for Peace, Inc (P.O. Box 27371, Richmond 23261-7371) Bells for Peace, Inc., incorporated in Virginia, was approved under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code on April 1, 2005.

For further information:
E-Mail or call (804) 359-3009
Get your full color poster here.Download a full color poster of the restoration appeal (pdf)


Bells for Peace, Inc. was established for Virginia Union University in memory of John and Elizabeth Ellison as a tax-exempt, charitable, non-stock organization under Virginia law and section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for the following purposes:

  • to purchase, transport and install Virginia Union University ’s bells in the Belgium Friendship Building
  • to preserve Virginia Union University ’s Belgium Friendship Building
  • to provide for expenses “Beyond the Bells” for Virginia Union University i.e., for endowed chairs and related programmatic costs


Ways to Give

The tax information provided below is for general information only. All tax deductions for charitable contributions are subject to various requirements and limitations contained in the Internal Revenue Code that apply separately to each donor. In addition, the deductible amount of any contribution to Bells for Peace will be reduced by the amount of any goods or services provided as consideration for the contribution.


Cash gifts are the easiest way to give. They offer a tax-deduction for the amount of the gift in the year it is made.

Make checks payable to:
Bells for Peace, Inc.
c/o Dr. Ruth W. Epps, CPA
P.O. Box 27371
Richmond, Virginia 23261-7371


Gifts payable over one or more years. Deductible in the year(s) a payment is made.


Gifts of stock held by the donor for more than one year generally are tax-deductible at full fair market value.

Real Estate

Appraisal establishes fair market value and, in turn, generally the amount of the tax deduction for gifts of real estate held for more than one year by the donor.

Tangible Personal Property

Gifts of tangible property to be used by Bells for Peace, Inc. in a manner related to its tax-exempt purpose may generate tax deductions equal to the appraised fair market value of the gift, especially in the case of property held for more than one year by the donor.

To make a gift of stock or other securities, real estate, or tangible personal property to Bells for Peace, Inc., contact:

Dr. Ruth W. Epps, CPA
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Bells for Peace, Inc.
P.O. Box 27371
Richmond , Virginia 23261

For further information contact:

Dianne Watkins at email or (804)359-3009

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