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Ways of Giving

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the founding of a new national institution. We invite individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations to join us in this historic endeavor that will impact the nation for generations to come.


Outright Gifts

  • Immediate gifts made by cash, credit card, or check. Outright gifts can also be made by the transfer of marketable securities: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other property.

Pledge Commitments

  • Gifts payable over one to five years. All pledges must be confirmed in writing through a gift agreement form and fulfilled by cash or gifts of marketable securities. Ambassador pledge commitments can be fulfilled on a monthly or annual basis. 

Planned or Deferred Gifts

  • Gifts committed through bequests, gift annuities, trusts and other financial instruments that will be realized in the future. Planned gifts may help donors reduce or eliminate capital gains and gift and estate taxes, and may have immediate tax savings as well.

Naming Opportunities

  • Museum halls, galleries and public spaces are available for sponsorship ($5 million to $50 million) for duration of 20 years, with first option of renewal. Founding Donors will receive priority for naming opportunities and will receive priority to roll up their initial gift into a gift for a named space.

Recognition Opportunities

  • Founding Donors — Donors of $1 million or more will be recognized as Founding Donors of the Museum. Founding Donors will receive permanent recognition on the Founding Donors Wall in the Central Hall of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Founding Donors will receive special VIP seating and recognition at Groundbreaking and Opening Dedication ceremonies and other major events and celebrations at the Museum.

    Major Contributors — Donors of gifts over $100,000 to $999,999 will be recognized as Leadership Donors of the Museum and will be listed by gift level on the appropriate Donor Panel in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They will also receive special invitations to Groundbreaking and Opening Dedication Ceremonies and other major events and celebrations at the Museum.

    The 2015 Society — Donors of gifts from $25,000 to $100,000 will be founding members of The 2015 Society and will be recognized on The 2015 Society Donor Wall in the Museum. Members will also be invited to Groundbreaking and Opening Dedication Ceremonies, along with special behind-the-scenes tours and exhibitions openings.

    Patrons — Donors of gifts from $5,000 - $24,999 will be recognized as Patrons of the Museum. Ambassadors will have opportunities to network with Museum leadership, Founding Donors, Major Contributors, and Members of the 2015 Society. Ambassadors will also be invited to certain milestone events, along with special behind-the-scenes tours and exhibitions openings.

    Ambassadors — Are emerging leaders in their 30s and 40s and donors of gifts from $5,000 - $24,999. Ambassadors will have opportunities to network with Museum leadership, Founding Donors, Major Contributors, and Members of the 2015 Society. Ambassadors will also be invited to certain milestone events, along with special behind-the-scenes tours and exhibitions openings.

    Ambassadors play a vital and unique role in the development of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  This includes:
    • * Making a meaningful contribution to this historic project through their personal leadership and philanthropy—Ambassadors are required to give between $5K and $24,999 to be part of the inaugural Ambassador program. Payment options have been arranged for this particular group.
    • * Taking part in collaborative events and initiatives to promote the Museum—Ambassadors are encouraged to work in concert with Museum staff, the Ambassadors Executive Committee, and other Ambassadors to either host and/or coordinate special cultivation gatherings to introduce the Museum to personal and professional networks, and encourage peers to become Ambassadors as well. 
    • * Encouraging others to make a philanthropic gift in support of the NMAAHC Campaign—Ambassadors help the Museum identify and engage potential donors in their networks either by encouraging them to support the campaign as an Ambassador, or donate to the campaign at a level appropriate for them.
    • * Providing visibility for the Museum among their personal and professional networks—Ambassadors are encouraged to help bring the Museum’s message online by connecting to and sharing updates through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube) and driving people to NMAAHC.si.edu. Ambassadors are also asked to use their message cards and experiences at Museum events to share the mission and progress of NMAAHC with family, friends, and coworkers through informal, personal interactions. The Ambassadors will serve as a critical mouthpiece for passing along current Museum news to contacts across the country.