Gift Planning

A Lasting Gift for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

There are many ways that you can help to ensure the financial future of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). By including the Museum in your estate plan as you develop your planned giving strategy, you will establish yourself, in perpetuity, as part of an amazing future. When you leave a charitable gift to the NMAAHC in your will, trust, or by beneficiary designation, you forever become part of the legacy of this treasured Museum’s future.

Become a valued member of the new Harriet Tubman Legacy Society with a gift in your estate and enjoy benefits during your lifetime. If you have already included us in your estate plan, please complete and return the Gift Planning Notification form.

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Ways to Give

Inspire future Museum visitors with a gift that extends beyond your lifetime.

Wills and Living Trusts

NMAAHC will positively impact generations to come. You may designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to the Museum, while leaving other assets to your family and others. There is no minimum requirement. Every gift counts.

Sample Language: Two Ways to Give

I give the sum of $______ I give______%; or the remainder of my estate

…to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for the benefit of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Tax ID: #53-0206027

Beneficiary Designations

Naming the Museum as the beneficiary of a retirement account is a smart way to give, so you may want to ask your financial advisor how to do so. You can also name the Museum as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, certificate of deposit, or bank or brokerage account.

Gift of Securities

Gifts of appreciated publicly traded securities that you have held for a certain amount of time may allow you to claim a charitable deduction.


An endowment to the National Museum of African American History & Culture is a fund that you establish to provide support to the Museum in perpetuity. A percentage of the earnings from the fund is distributed to the Museum annually, allowing us to continue our important work while the fund keeps growing. It may be created with cash gifts, pledges, and/or appreciated stock or property. You can make a gift during your lifetime or through your estate, and you may add funds at any time. You may create your own named endowment with a minimum of $50,000, in your name or to honor someone of your choice. You may prefer to add to an endowment that has already been established. Establishing a named endowment provides a way for family and friends to support the Museum at the same time they honor the person for whom the endowment is named. If you do not wish to give to a named endowment, you may consider giving to endowment at an amount less than $50,000.

Named endowments may be restricted, established for academic fellowships, chairs, centers, programs, and/or specific acquisitions to the collection; or unrestricted, which allows the Museum to use the funds wherever the need is the greatest. If you do not wish to establish a named fund, you may make an unrestricted gift to the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Additional Gifts

There are many other types of planned gifts that may fit your long-term goals and help secure the future for you and your family, as well as the Museum.

They include beneficiary designations, outright gifts, charitable lead trusts, and gifts of assets, like real estate. Some also provide income like charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Learn about these gifts by contacting Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter at or 202-633-1110.

Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter

Contact Us

We would be happy to illustrate how your gift makes an impact at NMAAHC.

Simply contact:
Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter
NMAAHC Director of Gift Planning
(202) 633-1110

Help the museum continue to be “...a place of healing, reconciliation, and celebration where people can embrace not only African American history and culture, but how that layered history has shaped America's identity.

Lonnie G. Bunch, III Founding Director, NMAAHC