Levels of Giving

Gifts to support the building of the Museum may take many forms and provide a variety of income, capital gains, and estate/gift tax benefits:

  • A gift or pledge of cash
  • A gift of appreciated securities
  • A gift of real estate
  • A gift of a paid-up life insurance policy
  • A temporary charitable trust that could support the Museum for a term of years and then provide substantial estate or gift tax benefits for the donor’s family

To assure the Museum’s permanence, we will rely on planned gifts and legacies over the years that will permanently endow our educational programs for future generations. A deferred gift could provide significant life-income and/or tax benefits for the donor and his or her heirs. Examples include:

  • A willed bequest
  • A charitable trust or annuity plan that provides lifetime income to the donor(s)
  • A testamentary gift of tax-deferred retirement funds (IRA, 401[k], etc.)
  • Life insurance benefits

Deferred gifts of this nature, which are dedicated for permanent endowment, may be in addition to the gifts and grants required to meet the Museum’s $50 million goal for design, construction, and endowment.