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Ways To Give

Be a part of the Foundation’s mission to inspire citizens to explore the past and cultivate a deeper understanding of their civic history and civic responsibility. Donors of the National Archives Foundation help fund cutting-edge exhibits, interactive educational activities, and high-profile public programs. In return, donors enjoy special recognition and privileges. They also have access to donor-only events throughout the year.

Learn about the different ways through which you can support the mission below. For more information, contact the development office at 202-357-5946 or giving@archivesfoundation.org.

Previously the Foundation’s membership program

Your donation to the National Archives Foundation will support its mission to educate, enrich, and inspire a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage through the collected evidence of its history held by the National Archives. 

Donors who participate in our Annual Giving Program at the $60+ level receive an electronic donor card for preferred access to the National Archives Museum in DC and select presidential libraries around the nation. Annual Giving Donors also receive a 10% discount at the National Archives Store (in-person and online) and an exclusive subscription to the Donor Exclusive Newsletter, an electronic donor-only publication that explores history through the records held by the National Archives.

Annual Giving Program

Our monthly giving program is essential to the foundation as it provides dependable support for the mission. You can give as much as you like on a monthly basis, and you can set the recurring donation to be made on the date of your choice. 


Monthly Giving

The Foundation has several themed funds that allow you to support the areas of our history that are most meaningful to you. These funds provide direct support to ongoing research, museum exhibits, and educational programs at the National Archives and select presidential libraries. 

Civics Education Fund
Cokie Roberts Fund for Women’s History
Funds for Rights and Justice
Rightfully Hers Fund

The Foundation has established Giving Circles for supporters who donate $5,000 or more. Each Circle comes with exclusive benefits, including a seat on the Foundation’s Trustees Council. Trustees are the most dedicated supporters who understand the importance of the National Archives’ role in safeguarding the Nation’s democracy. The Council meets twice a year (both virtually and in-person) for unique VIP briefings.
Council members also receive a quarterly newsletter with the most up-to-date information about the work of the National Archives Foundation.

Giving Circle and Trustees Council

Gifts of securities such as stocks, mutual fund shares, or other appreciated assets can be a tax-efficient method for making a gift to the Foundation. If you are 70 1/2 years old or older, you can make a gift directly from your IRA to the National Archives Foundation while reducing or eliminating your capital gains and income tax responsibilities. For some, this will also satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution for the year.

Appreciated Securities and Retirement Plan Giving

When you leave a charitable gift to the National Archives Foundation in your will, trust, or beneficiary designation, you forever become a part of the mission. Your legacy gift will help ensure our nation’s records continue to be cared for and shared with millions of people throughout the United States and the world for generations to come.

Charters Security

The National Archives Store plays a vital role in fulfilling the mission of the National Archives Foundation. As the exclusive store of the National Archives Museum, the National Archives Store supports the exhibition and educational messaging through the development and presentation of high-quality merchandise highlighting the holdings of the National Archives.

Your purchase supports National Archives exhibits, public programs, and educational initiatives nationwide.

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