FUND FOR MUSEUM EXCELLENCE
Contributions to the Museum's Annual Fund provide much needed programmatic
and operating support for the Museum. Individual giving
provides more than 30% of the Museum's yearly operating budget and is
crucial to our continuing financial stability. This is truer than ever
today as the Museum moves ahead with its new Affiliate relationship with
the Smithsonian Institution.
As a Smithsonian affiliate, the Museum incurs no fees for the borrowing
of any object. However, there will be exhibit preparation costs, which
encompass Smithsonian curator and registrar fees, exhibition design work,
shipping insurance, security, travel, and promotion. In addition, the
Museum must improve its exhibit infrastructure, including display furniture
and lighting. The Museum's small staff will need to expand in order to
handle the requirements of the Smithsonian program. We must also raise
our profile in the community and get the word out about this exciting
To take the next step and ensure the Museum's future, the Museum counts
on contributions to the Annual Fund. Please take a moment to fill out
the contributions card (click on the icon). The confidence you show in
awarding the Museum your support really does make a difference.
You may donate appreciated stock to the Museum
at any time. No capital gains are incurred with such a donation, and you
may deduct the full value of the stock at the time it is donated. Please
call John V. Jones, the Museum's Director of Development, for further
details (404-688-2467, extension 306).