Ways to Give

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. There are many ways you can support this watershed moment in the national discussion about race and the vital role African Americans have played in the American story.


Become a Member
Support the NMAAHC each year, plus receive special member benefits.

Renew Your Membership
Continue your annual support of the NMAAHC.

Give a Gift Membership
To celebrate someone special.

Give Monthly
Join our North Star Sustainer Program.

Harriet Tubman Legacy Society
Become a member of the Harriet Tubman Legacy Society and enjoy a lifelong relationship with the Museum.



Donate Online
Ensure the Museum continues to move forward.

Give a Gift in Memory/Honor of 
Remember and honor a loved one.

Donate by Mail
Download and print a mail in donation form.

Donate Collections
Share your history

Gift Planning

There are many ways that you can help to ensure the financial future of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). By including the Museum in your estate plan as you develop your planned giving strategy, you will establish yourself, in perpetuity, as part of an amazing future. When you leave a charitable gift to the NMAAHC in your will, trust, or by beneficiary designation, you forever become part of the legacy of this treasured Museum’s future.

Learn more about Gift Planning

Become an Ambassador

The Role of NMAAHC Ambassadors

Ambassadors are emerging and seasoned leaders in their 30s and 40s who promote philanthropy and service in the interest of the Museum. Ambassadors sustain the vision and mission of the Museum by providing a commitment of $5,000 to $24,999.

The NMAAHC Ambassadors Program was publicly launched in June of 2012. Since its inception, the program’s core values of philanthropy, networking, and leadership have continued to drive the program’s popularity with philanthropic-minded professionals across the country.

Ambassadors enjoy the following benefits:

  • Networking opportunities with Museum leadership, fellow Ambassadors, and other donor groups
  • Invitations to Museum-hosted events for Ambassadors
  • Recognition in the Smithsonian’s philanthropic community, including listing in the Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for fiscal year giving (circulation: 2 million)
  • Service opportunities with organizations that partner with the Museum
  • Opportunities to host a cultivation event with Museum input
  • News updates
  • A signature Ambassador Pin

Benefits associated with this giving circle are offered for a five-year period beginning from the date of pledge submission.

How to Become an Ambassador

Make a donation of $5000 - $24,000 to the museum.

You can make your donation in one lump sum via check, money order, or credit card, make an annual gift via check, money order, or credit card or make monthly payments via credit card over 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years.

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Ambassadors at NMAAHCAmbassadors@si.edu.

Become an Ambassador Today!

Until we understand the full African American story, we cannot understand ourselves as a nation, as a people.

Rep. John Lewis U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia, 5th District)