Our operations are funded by donations, memberships, grants, support from the City/County, and earned income such as gift shop sales. Donations to our general fund make up about 31% of our annual operating budget. Donations allow us to continue to fulfill our mission, provide programs, exhibits, and research assistance to the community, and continue to care for our large collection of historical artifacts and archival materials that tell the unique Ames story.
Donate to our General Fund:
Our Endowment Fund, created in 2004 with the Story County Community Foundation, provides for the mission and future goals of the organization. Gifts to our Endowment Fund are invested over time and create a permanent source of funding, helping us fulfill our mission today and into the future. Gifts made directly through the Story County Community Foundation may be eligible for Endow Iowa credits. If you'd like your donation to be eligible for Endow Iowa credits, please contact the Story County Community Foundation directly at 515-232-9200. Gifts made on this page are not eligible for Endow Iowa credits, but will be placed in our self-directed fund through Story County Community Foundation.
Donate to our Endowment Fund:
Contact us for more information about donating through bequests, retirement plan assets, stock, or other planned giving.
Memberships are another important source of ongoing funding for the museum. Click here for more information about memberships.
Click here for more information about donating artifacts or archival materials.