There are a number of ways to support the Hudson River Maritime Museum other than membership and gifts to the general fund.
The museum is undergoing a number of capital projects, all of which need support and many of which are matched by foundations. The co-venture with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater includes the construction of a boat building shed on the west end of the property. With a budget of $1.2 million, every penny and every scrap of wood or hour volunteering helps.
The East Gallery can get very cold. And very hot.
The only climate control in this 3,000 sq ft building where we exhibit our largest objects is opening and closing the windows and turning on the fan. We are working on changing that and have a $200,000 EPF challenge grant we need to match to make essential and GREEN upgrades to the facility. We are replacing windows, installing photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, providing HVAC in the gallery, and taking care of the improvements necessary to make this a year round facility.
BEQUESTS AND PLANNED GIFTS
Become a member of the Legacy Society by planning a gift for the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Legacy Society members who contribute $10,000 or more are recognized on a plaque in the museum gift shop. While we recommend you consult a lawyer for your estate planning, here is sample language that can be used for making a planned gift.
A gift that can be used where need is greatest.
I give to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Kingston, NY the sum of $_______ for its general purposes.
Gift for a Specific Purpose
A gift that is to be used for a specific purpose.
I give to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Kingston, NY the sum of $_______ to be used for [state purpose].
Perpetual Endowment Fund
A gift that lasts in perpetuity.
I give to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Kingston, NY the sum of $_______ to be used as a permanent endowment, the income only from which shall be used for its general purposes (or describe the specific purpose, if desired).
Leaves any remainder after all other bequests have been paid.
All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Kingston, NY for its general purposes.
Takes effect only if a primary intention can’t be met.
If (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, or shall die during the administration of my estate, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Kingston, NY all of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used for its benefit.
Language added whenever a gift is restricted.
In the event the purposes of the restriction, in the opinion of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Maritime Museum can no longer be served, the Board may devote any remaining assets exclusively for charitable purposes that: (a) are within the scope of the charitable purposes of charity (b) most nearly approximate the original purpose of the gift; and (c) benefits charity.
For any type of gift, rather than leaving a sum certain, you can include language that refers to a percentage of your estate or a description of the property you wish to give.
The museum depends on the contribution of goods and services
- donate boats whose sale proceeds are directed to benefit the museum
- donate objects or artifacts deemed relevant to the museum’s collection
- donate wood, nails, computers, printer ink – just ask to learn what we need
- offer pro-bono work in your field of expertise