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 members are available to assist you in crafting a planned gift that maximizes your philanthropic impact while providing benefits to you in your lifetime. 

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.

Giving options include:    

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


Most legacy opportunities allow you to:

  • Retain control of your assets during your lifetime
  • Change your beneficiaries at any time
  • Provide for loved ones and the Smithsonian
  • Make a gift in honor or memory of someone
  • Designate your gift to benefit your favorite National Museum of American History initiative
  • Leave a gift of any size

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.

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 major donor in your lifetime. 

For more information, contact Stephanie Johnson at email or (202) 633-0398.