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In 1928, the College Heights Foundation sent dime banks to schools across Kentucky. With the slogan, "A Dime Makes a Stock Holder," the Kentucky Building - now home to the Kentucky Museum - was established as a place for "Kentuckians to know Kentucky."

You can help continue this legacy.

While the Kentucky Museum receives financial support from Western Kentucky University for its maintenance and staffing needs, we must seek private-dollar support to fund exhibitions, programs, and collections care. We offer multiple ways to maximize your gift:

  • As a Friend of the Kentucky Museum, your support goes to our greatest needs while granting you exclusive perks like discounts, special events, and peeks behind the curtain. Please note that a $50 minimum donation is required to join the Friends.

  • The Museum Exhibit and Program Fund (110045) supports upcoming exhibitions and programs, including exhibitions, WKU student FunShops, community workshops, discussion series, and special events.

  • The Kentucky Museum Endowment (400028) supports ongoing collections care, conservation, and display.

  • The Museum Camp Scholarships Fund supports scholarships for children from low-income families to attend our spring, summer, and fall break camps, where they learn arts skills, make new friends, and develop self-confidence and creativity. This fund will be available for online donations in 2019. If you would like to support the fund before then, please donate to the Museum Exhibit and Program Fund (110045) and mark "For Camp Scholarships Fund" in the additional information box of our online form.

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Instructions for Online Giving

To make a donation, click this link. A new page will open for WKU's Secure Online Giving Page.

(1) Under the "Selected Designations" area, input the amount you wish to give to each designation. You may give to one or multiple areas of the museum. (See descriptions above.) Please note that to receive the benefits of the Kentucky Museum Friends, you must donate a minimum $50 per year to the Friends fund. Donations to other areas of support do not qualify you for Friends benefits.

(2) Select the frequency of your gift:

If you wish to donate the full amount now, ensure the "Give Now" button is marked.

If you wish to spread your donation over a period of time, select the button next to "Schedule Payments". A drop-down will appear where you should specify the number of payments. You can also choose what date and frequency the payments will occur, and whether you wish to be notified prior to your credit card being charged.

If you wish to make your donation a recurring, perpetual (i.e., "no end date") gift, please select the button next to "I would like to make this a Perpetual Gift" and indicate the frequency of your gift.

(3) Enter the email you wish to receive confirmation of your gift. 

(4) If your employer offers matching gifts, please click the "+" next to Matching Gift Information and complete the fields indicated.

(5) If your gift is in honor or memorium, please click the "+" next to Tribute Information and complete the fields indicated.

(6) Press the "Save and Continue" button.  Follow the prompts on the next pages to fill in your information and billing method, review your donation, and submit the form. 

Thank you! Your donation will be processed by the WKU Foundation on behalf of the Kentucky Museum. 



Prefer to give via check? Please make all donations out to "WKU Foundation" and specify the area of support in the notes section. Send your check to:

Kentucky Museum

Attn: Fundraising Coordinator

1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092

Bowling Green, KY 42101


Prefer to support a specific exhibition or program? Please contact Tiffany Isselhardt, Fundraising Coordinator, at 270-745-3369 or tiffany.isselhardt@wku.edu to learn about available exhibits and upcoming programs. 





We Are Collecting!

The Kentucky Museum is especially interested in acquiring: historic clothing & textiles, especially quilts, political memorabilia, toys and games, and fine, folk, and decorative arts. The Kentucky Museum Collections Committee reviews potential donations to see if they meet our criteria for acceptance. 
If you have artifacts that you believe would add to the Kentucky's Museum's collection, use the donation form on this website to transmit a description of your proposed donation. If you are unable to complete the online form, contact the Kentucky Museum Collection Curator by E-MAIL or call 270-745-6260.



Dime Tin 1928


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 12/10/18