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The Kentucky Museum relies on donors like you to support our exhibits, programs, and collections care. We have several ways you can make a gift, all of which are tax-deductible. Click on the button below for a secure online giving form for the area of your choosing.

Join the Friends

Supports our greatest needs.

Sponsor Programs

Sponsor an exhibit or event.

Adopt an Artifact

Helps conserve and protect our collections.

Current artifacts ready for adoption are:


Prefer to pay by check? Please send your gift to:

Kentucky Museum
Attn: Tiffany Isselhardt
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Museum for All Fund

Museums should be free for all. Thanks to a three-year pilot grant, the Kentucky Museum has seen this point in action: in the first year, our visitation grew by 45% and continues to grow. Each day, we welcome more diverse visitors – across all demographics, both at the museum and in our virtual offerings – and this has emphasized the need for us to remain free in perpetuity.

Annual support provided by the Kentucky Museum for All Fund is prioritized for:

  • DEAI initiatives including diversifying our collections, paid internships for students, and equitable honorariums for our partners and collaborators;
  • Supporting faculty- and student-produced exhibitions;
  • Providing a living wage for our team, and funding to support new positions as needed; and
  • Participation of diverse groups in our programs, such as transportation for K-12 students, scholarships to attend workshops and camps, and free programs open to the community.

Gifts of any size are welcome to support this endeavor. Make a secure online gift by clicking the button below, or download this PDF for information about major gift and naming opportunities.

Support Free Admission

Once endowed, this fund will support the museum in perpetuity. The gift is left intact, while a portion of the investment returns provides permanent annual support. Gifts can be made through one-time, multi-year or planned estate giving, or through collaborative giving with others.

For questions or more information, please call Tiffany Isselhardt at 270-745-3369.


Methods of Giving a Major Gift

Endowments can be established by one-time or installment gifts. In the installment model, you chose the amount and schedule of payments to achieve your total desired gift. This method can help spread the benefits of charitable giving over multiple tax years, depending on your unique situation.

Endowments can also be established through collaborative giving by multiple individuals. In this model, each donor makes a gift - either one-time or installment - that is added to the principle of the endowment. The WKU Foundation and Kentucky Museum work with donors to determine schedules of payment and recognition strategies. Together, your gifts demonstrate how community-based giving is a key for acheiving our mission.

Did you know you can rollover your IRA to make a major gift?

The Charitable IRA Rollover allows individuals age 70 1/2 and older to make direct transfers of up to $100,000 per year ($200,000 for married couples) from IRAs. The gift does not qualify as taxable income nor as a charitable deduction, but is eligible to be counted towards your required minimum distribution (RMD). Please consult your financial or tax advisor to ensure this is an appropriate giving avenue for your unique situation.

The WKU Foundation and Kentucky Museum partner to help you determine planned giving options that suit your needs. Please click here for more information on types of planned giving.






Updated on July 29, 2021


Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! All contributions to the Kentucky Museum are 100% tax deductible. The WKU Foundation will send you a receipt for tax purposes.

Yes. Please follow the instructions in our online form or contact WKU Advancement Services, 270-745-6208, for assistance.

No! You are free to define your own generosity. 

However, if you wish to receive Friends benefits, your gift to the Friends (634005) must be a minimum of $50.

Yes. Please mark your gift as anonymous when donating online, or enclose instructions with your check.

Yes! In the online form, you will need to complete the “Matching Gift Information” section for us to process your employer match. If you wish to give via check, please contact WKU Advancement Services, 270-745-6208, for assistance.


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 Last Modified 7/29/21