Support The Children's Museum Through the "Gift of Love"

Give the Gift of Fun & Love to The Children’s Museum!

The Children's Museum of History & Science in Utica NY exists to provide an educationally enjoyable experience for families and kids from 1 to 101, as an educational field trip resource, and a tourist attraction. As a non-profit institution the Museum must rely on the support and generosity of individual donors, corporations and foundations to continue providing children and the adults in their lives opportunities for new insights into their world, and fun! If you haven't been to the museum in a while, you're missing one of the finest museum's in the country, with four floors containing 1,000's of interactive exhibits. View our yearly events. Download our informational Gift of Fun flyer.

We receive no funding for operating costs from the city, county, state, or federal governments. Admissions, gift shop sales and other earned income cover only part of our budget.We rely on charitable gifts from throughout the community to bridge the gap. Your tax-deductible contribution support new exhibits, allow us to develop new programs, provide an educationally enjoyable environment which enhances our quality of life and brings in tourists.

You can help our Children's Museum in many ways: Become a Museum donor (click here to give); Become a Museum corporate sponsor (click here for more information); Become a Museum member (learn how), Purchase items from our Gift Shop (check out some of them on secure shopping cart). For information on how to become one of the Angels who support our Future Vision, call or e-mail the Museum Executive Director.

Year-End Tax Deductions The Children’s Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit institution. Admissions fees cover only about 30% of its annual expenses, so the Museum relies on the generosity of corporations, foundations, and its patrons for most of its funding each year. A gift of appreciated securities (owned for more than one year) to The Children's Museum Foundation can greatly benefit a donor by providing tax benefits through a charitable income tax deduction. On the gift date, the donor will
1) Receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities
2) Avoid paying capital gains taxes on appreciated securities, resulting from the sale of securities
3) Help The Children's Museum Foundation further its exhibits and educational programs.

Seven Ways to Give

1.) A donation is a general contribution to CM to help us continue our efforts to grow CNY's only children's museum.
2.) A memorial is a personal remembrance that honors the life of a friend, relative or colleague with a gift of love and fun.
3.) A tribute provides a meaningful, living gift to a friend, relative or colleague by honoring a special occasion.
4.) Earn a tax break by donating to the Children's Museum stock that has appreciated in value. If you sell your shares and donate the proceeds to the Museum, you would owe capital gains tax on any profit. But, if you donate those shares, IRS lets you take a charitable deduction for the full value on the date of transfer. Call Director Brown (315) 724-6129 or e-mail us to find out where our brokerage account is.
5.) A donation to our Children's Museum Marlene Brown & Earl Lewis Permanent Fund at the Community Foundation helps ensure our museum grows well into the future. Call Director Brown (315)724-6129 or 315-853-1318 or e-mail us for more info.
6.) Children's Museum membership provides benefits to your family and friends. Check out our Membership page. Also available are Children's Museum Gift Baskets and Gift Memberships, available on our secure shopping cart. .
7.) Corporate Giving provides benefits for your company and employees. These programs include corporate sponsorship, corporate membership and corporate in-kind gifts. Check out our Sponsorship page for options, then donate via our secure shopping cart. To discuss your contribution, call Director Marlene Brown at (315) 724-6129 or 315-853-1318 or e-mail her.

For more info or to discuss your contribution, please call Director Marlene Brown or e-mail her.

If you choose to mail your gifts, please send to:
The Children’s Museum
Fund the Future Gift
311 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501


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