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The Kentucky Museum relies on private donors like you to support our exhibits, programs, and collections care. We have several ways you can make a gift, which are detailed in our 2021 wish list:


Download our 2021 Wish List


Ready to make a gift? Click on the button below for the area you wish to support. If you prefer to make a gift via check or mail, please download the wishlist (via the above button) then fill and send in the last page of the document.

Join the Friends 


Sponsor Programs


Adopt an Artifact

Helps conserve and protect our collections.

Current artifacts ready for adoption are:

Support Free Admission

No minimum. Your gift helps keep the

Museum free for all.


Endowments and Planned Giving

A gift to establish an endowed fund allows you to support the museum in perpetuity. The gift is left intact, while a portion of the investment returns provides permanent support for an area of your choosing or for our greatest needs. Endowments - established through one-time, multi-year or planned estate giving, or through collaborative giving with others - ensure that we have the resources to fulfill our mission.

Endowment Wish List

  • Artist-in-Residence - to provide support for the Artist and their programs. Goal: $1,480,000
  • Free Admission - to ensure the Museum remains free for all once our grant ends in 2022. Goal: $450,000
  • Museum Opportunity Fund - to provide paid internships and support student-produced exhibitions. Goal: $1,500,000

To discuss these opportunities, 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 April 19, 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 4/19/21