Support the Musuem
You do so much when you make a gift to the Museum. You help preserve our past through award-winning exhibitions and collections. You fuel research that advances human health. You sustain conservation efforts dedicated to rescuing species from extinction. You foster future scientists through educational programs on the most pressing issues like the environment and climate change.
And you support the Museum you love. Your generosity makes the Museum’s mission possible and keeps our doors open. Thank you for being a part of everything we do.
You can also honor a loved one with a gift to the Museum. Make a donation below, or learn about other opportunities to recognize a family member.
Below are some of the many ways you can contribute or direct your gift:
Make your mark on the Museum! Our world-class collections and exhibitions include fossils, minerals, dioramas, and so much more. Naming gifts are a unique opportunity to honor a loved one, establish a legacy, and support the Museum's educational and scientific mission. Gift opportunities start at $2,500.
Did you know that anyone age 70 ½ or above may transfer up to $100,000 each year directly from an IRA (an Individual Retirement Account) to 501 (c)(3) organizations like the American Museum of Natural History, without having to report the distributed amount as taxable income?
Behind every biologist, scientist, and astronaut is a great education. We leverage our unparalleled collections and the expertise of our scientists to provide the highest quality and most engaging education programming for students—and training for their teachers. Your support helps inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists and science-literate citizens.
From protecting sea turtles in the Pacific to implementing conservation plans for flamingos in the Americas to building a global network of conservation practitioners, your gift will support the Museum's conservation efforts.
Marketable Securities: Stock Transfers via DTC
Transfer securities to the Museum electronically. It is important that we are notified prior to every stock transfer in order to accurately identify, allocate, and acknowledge your gift.
Download and complete this form, and use it to notify your broker and the Museum of your gift.
If you are transferring securities for a life income gift such as an annuity or trust, please call the Planned Giving office at 212-769-5119 as the transfer instructions differ from the below.
DTC instructions are as follows:
J.P. Morgan Chase
SWIFT (70E) contains DNR or DONOR
Credit to the American Museum of Natural History
Account # P26031
How an electronic transfer of stock works:
- Your broker sends your gift instructions to J.P. Morgan Chase.
- J.P. Morgan Chase notifies the Museum that your gift has been received.
- The Museum sells your securities through our brokerage account at J.P. Morgan Chase.
- The Museum receives the proceeds from the sale from J.P. Morgan on the settlement date.
Make your gift of cash by mail, phone, wire transfer, or online.
Please send checks to:
American Museum of Natural History
Office of Development, 6th Floor
200 Central Park West
New York, New York 10024-5102
Please call 212-769-5606 to make your credit card gift by phone.
By Wire Transfer
It is important that we are notified prior to every wire transfer in order to accurately identify, allocate, and acknowledge your gift. Please contact the Development Office at 212-769-5911 or by email at [email protected] to inform us of your gift and to receive wire transfer instructions.
Coronavirus Relief Legislation: New charitable giving incentives
Coronavirus relief legislation passed in 2020 includes provisions designed to encourage charitable contributions of cash, which were extended and expanded for 2021. Taxpayers who do not itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns can, in addition to taking the “standard deduction” on their returns, take a tax deduction of up to $300 for cash donations to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and for 2021, married couples filing jointly can also take an “above the line” deduction of up to $600. Alternatively, taxpayers who do itemize their deductions may now deduct up to 100% of their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) (increased from 60%). The limit on corporate donations of cash and food inventory has also been increased, from 10% to 25% of taxable income.