The Montshire Fund

We rely on your charitable contributions to ensure the highest quality exhibits and programs for the community.

Your gift is important

Annual gifts support virtually everything we do. As a donor, you will:

* Support local families in tangible and measurable ways: Your gift will support dozens of scholarships, free or reduced admission for thousands of families in need, hundreds of carefully crafted and well-tested education programs, and exhibit experiences for 150,000 people each year. Income from visitors covers just 51% of the cost to serve each visitor who comes in our doors.

* Provide organizational flexibility and strength: Your gift will help the Montshire pursue innovative initiatives and exciting partnerships, and attract and retain exceptional educators and exhibit designers. In addition, strong giving levels show foundations and government funders that the Montshire and its mission have the community’s support.

* Sustain the unique Montshire experience: Visitors tell us how much they value clean facilities, exhibits that work, and spaces that feel comfortable and safe. Your gift helps make this possible.

Most donors to the Montshire Fund want a membership, too, so we recommend a donor-level membership (see benefits below). However, gifts of any size are greatly appreciated and can be made at any time, regardless of membership.

Join, renew or make a gift now.

Donor-Level  Benefits
Friend: Add $35 or more to your basic membership

All membership benefits
Recognition in Montshire's annual report

Supporting Member: $200-$499 Six-person Montshire Membership
10 free admission passes
20% savings in the Museum Store
Invitations to special member and donor events
Complimentary Caregiver Card
Recognition in Montshire's annual report
Contributing Member: $500-$999 All Supporting Member benefits plus subscription to our annual donor news bulletin
Patron: $1,000-$2,499 All Contributing Member Benefits with eight-person Montshire Membership
River Society: $2500+ All Patron benefits plus invitations to a series of special River Society events and programs
Opportunity to name one of Montshire's permanent exhibits for one year

Under IRS guidelines, the value of membership benefits is not substantial so your payment is tax-deductible. Donors of $200 or more receive 10 free admission passes with an estimated fair market value of $12.50 each. For more information, download a detailed description of benefits and their value in PDF format:

2013 benefits and their value

Thank you!