Every day, The Durham Museum helps to bring history closer to people right here in our community. You can support this important work with a gift to the museum’s Annual Fund. Separate from memberships, gifts to the Annual Fund help to sustain museum operations, support important preservation efforts, and make possible engaging education programs, exhibits, and events that make our community a more vibrant place. All gifts to the Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible and go to the area of greatest need.
If your employee offers a matching gift program, please be sure to complete the form and turn it in to make your contribution go further!
How does the museum use annual fund gifts?
Your contribution will provide unrestricted support to all kinds of projects at the museum, including programs enjoyed by visitors and school groups, as well as work taking place behind the scenes that help us preserve and display historic artifacts, present exhibitions and more.
Your gift will help us meet several important and ongoing projects. Here’s a few examples of what the Annual Fund makes possible:
- Preserve and maintain Union Station
- Purchase professional-grade supplies to properly house and display museum artifacts
- Digitize the historic images in the museum’s Photo Archive and make them available online
- Underwrite field trip and summer camp opportunities for financially disadvantaged students
- Keep classes stocked with supplies for educational classes and workshops
- Support leadership classes and internships for college students from Nebraska and across the country
- Develop and host first-class exhibits, programs and events for the entire community
Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated and are put to work immediately in the area of greatest need.
Tribute gifts allow you to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one with a direct gift to the museum that helps to sustain museum operations, support important preservation efforts, and make possible engaging education programs, exhibits, and events that make our community a more vibrant place. All gifts are 100% tax deductible and go to the area of greatest need.
Leave your mark on the museum by supporting the Brick-by-Brick Campaign! Purchase an engraved brick for yourself or a loved one while supporting the museum’s mission. The brick will be added to the courtyard in front of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition Gallery and become a permanent part of the museum.
Bricks are available for a tax-deductible contribution of $100 each. Each brick can accommodate two lines of text with 16 characters per line (spaces also count as a character).
Simply click on the button to complete your order, download the form to mail with a check, or call the development office at 402-444-5071 to order conveniently by phone.
Planned Giving & Endowment
The museum offers many planned giving opportunities including bequests, life income plans, charitable lead trusts and gifts of life insurance policies. By including The Durham Museum in your estate plans, you will help to sustain Union Station, the museum and its collections and programs for generations to come. A simple bequest reserving a set amount or percentage to The Durham Museum in your will or living trust will ensure the museum can continue its work, while providing important tax benefits for your estate.
Everyone’s situation is different and together with you and your financial planner, we can make suggestions that fit your philanthropic and financial goals. Please call the development office to begin the conversation. If you have already included the museum in your giving plans, please let us know!
If you include the museum in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID:
Sponsorships and Corporate Giving
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities enable our corporate, foundation and individual supporters to demonstrate their interest and passion in the museum’s first-class exhibitions, education programs preservation initiatives and event opportunities made available to the community. From expanding field trip opportunities to local students to programs that bring the museum to classrooms across the state and beyond, there are numerous ways to support the museum’s historic mission.
For questions please contact:
Corey Wilson – Director of Development