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Individual Giving

Your support as a donor provides the financial foundation for The Mariners’ Museum and Park.
All gifts are 100% tax-deductible. It is only through the generosity of others that we are able to fulfill our mission to connect people to the world’s waters and one another.

We encourage you to review the ways to give below to find what excites and inspires you.
Your donation ensures that future generations will have the opportunity to experience The Mariners’ Museum and Park for years to come!

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Volunteer planting a tree seedling in the Park.

Give to a Specific Initiative

Explore our giving areas to allocate your investment to the work you are most passionate about! Your gift can directly support our initiatives for Educational Enrichment Programs, The Mariners’ Park, USS Monitor Conservation, and more.

Close-up of the Bronze Doors that adorn the Museum's Business Entrance.

The Bronze Door Society

As the oldest member-managed affinity group at The Mariners’ Museum and Park, The Bronze Door Society is an impactful group of community leaders who play a significant role in the conservation and care of our Collections. Members of the Society make a minimum annual contribution of $1,000. These funds directly support the Annual Project Selection, where Members cast their votes to fund a range of conservation efforts.

Mariners' Education team member kneeling beside a cute little girl. They're working together on an educational enrichment program in the Park.

Gifts of Tribute

Tribute and memorial gifts are a meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones while supporting the mission of The Mariners’ Museum and Park. We encourage you to select the giving area that would mean the most to your loved one, such as K-12 Education, Monitor Conservation, and more. Gifts of tribute provide a lasting legacy for those who are being honored and memorialized.

Little boy ringing the bell on the USS Monitor replica, while an adult female holds him up.

IRA Transfer & Gifts of Stock

If you are 72 (70½ if you turned 70½ before January 1, 2020) years old or older and own an individual retirement account (IRA), you must take a required minimum distribution (RMD). You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to The Mariners’ Museum and Park without paying income taxes on the money.

Grandfather and grandson looking at USS Monitor's conserved anchor in the large artifact gallery in the USS Monitor Center. The little boy is pointing at the anchor while the grandfather has his arm around him.

The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society honors individuals who have included The Mariners’ Museum and Park in their estate or giving plans by naming the Museum as a beneficiary to wills, living trusts, insurance policies, IRAs, and other methods of planned gifts. You may designate your legacy gift to the giving area that means the most to you, whether you choose K-12 Education, The Mariners’ Park, or an Endowment Fund.

Donate an Object

​​Help build our Collection! The stories we hold in our homes and hearts enrich the global maritime story through our unique maritime connections. What stories and objects do you have to share?

Contact Us

For more information on these ways to give or Company Matching Gifts, IRA Transfers, and Gifts of Stock, please contact us.

Advancement Office:
Myra Legg
[email protected]
(757) 591-7707

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