Planned Giving

Naturalization ceremony at the Museum

A Gift to America

If you are passionate about American history, you can make a lasting impact at the nation’s history museum through a planned gift.  Our expert staff are available to assist you in crafting a planned gift that maximizes your philanthropic impact while providing benefits to you in your lifetime.  Giving options include:    

  • Bequests
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Gifts of real property
  • Beneficiary designation

A planned gift can support the Museum’s broad array of activities, or can be directed to one particular area of interest.  Are you inspired by presidential history?  A proud veteran with a passion for the military?  A devoted fan of popular culture?  Or an advocate for K-12 history education?   Whatever your interest, a planned gift can be designed to support it.

Endowment Opportunities

With a gift of $50,000 or more, you can establish the ultimate legacy—a named endowment to provide funding for the museum and its activities in perpetuity.  Endowed opportunities are available for any area of interest at the museum, including:

Internships - $150,000
Fellowships - $250,000
Doctoral Fellowships - $500,000
Post-Doctoral Fellowships - $1 million
Curators - $3 million

Programs and Activities
General Endowments - $50,000
Collections Care Funds - $250,000
Acquisitions Funds - $250,000
Exhibitions Funds - $500,000
Education Funds - $500,000
Distinguished Lecture Series - $700,000

The minimum funding requirements listed here are current as of January 1, 2013.   In order to establish a named fund through a planned gift, the value of your donation at maturity must meet the minimum funding requirement in place at that time.

Donor Recognition

When you commit to a planned gift, you become a lifetime member of the Smithsonian Legacy Society and the National Museum of American History’s Star-Spangled Banner Society.  You will be among the first to learn about new exhibitions, programs, and events at the Museum and will be invited to VIP events and donor receptions. 

With documentation of your gift intention—revocable or irrevocable—you also will be recognized as a donor to the Smithsonian’s national campaign and receive recognition as a major donor in your lifetime. 

For more information, contact Lauren Cosgrove: / 202.633.0398