Support the Annual Fund
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. CBMM is a privately run, non-profit institution, meaning we receive limited government funding through grants (when available), with about one-third of our operating budget funded by paid admission and membership dues.
Your Annual Fund gift supports everything from our hands-on education and boatbuilding programs and seasonal festivals that celebrate the way of life on the Bay, to restoration projects, interactive exhibitions, and more than 60,000 irreplaceable objects in our collection. In addition, your donations to the Annual Fund keep our exhibitions, historic buildings, and waterfront grounds in beautiful and safe condition.
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Your gift to the Annual Fund enables CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards.
|Crew||up to $99||Vice Admiral||$2,500 to $4,999|
|Sailing Master||$100 to $249||Admiral||$5,000 to $9,999|
|Commander||$250 to $499||Admiral of the Fleet||$10,000 to $24,999|
|Captain||$500 to $999||Admiral of the Miles||$25,000 to $49,999|
|Commodore||$1,000 to $2,499||Admiral of the Chesapeake||$50,000 to $99,999|
|Admiral of the Sea||$100,000+|
For more information on the Museum’s Annual Fund, please contact: Carly Faison at email@example.com or 410-745-4950.
CBMM respects the privacy of our donors, members, and guests. You can be assured we will never sell or share your information with anyone or any other organization.
Making a charitable donation from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is easy!
The U.S. President has recently signed legislation permanently extending the IRA Charitable Rollover gifting option. Here are some important details you need to know:
- The IRA charitable rollover for tax year 2017 allows individuals 70-½ and older to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets to a qualified charitable organization. The rollover is tax-free and not included in a donor’s adjusted gross income.
- A gift to a charitable organization from an individual’s IRA can count toward the annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) by the IRS.
- Transfers must be made directly from your IRAs custodian to the Museum.
- Transfers must be completed by 12/31/17 in order to qualify as a tax year 2017 gift.
If you have a required minimum distribution that you have not yet taken for 2017, please consider making a direct IRA rollover gift to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. You may obtain instructions by contacting Carly Faison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-745-4950.
A direct gift from your IRA to CBMM is a great way to reduce taxable income and possibly avoid additional tax issues related to social security income and the 3.8% Medicare surcharge on certain income levels. Please consult with your financial advisor for more details.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Navy Point, 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663
For more information, please contact: Carly Faison at email@example.com or 410-745-4950.
Endowments: Gifts That Keep Giving:
When you make a gift to the endowment, you are making a gift with a future! Your endowment gifts guarantee that financial support will remain readily available for the future needs of the Museum.
Gifts to the Museum’s endowment (currently valued at more than $11 million) are permanently invested to supply a steady, annual source of funds for the purposes agreed upon by the donor and the Museum. A new named endowment may be established for a minimum contribution of $25,000. Gifts of any size may be added to an existing endowment fund.
Education and Curatorial Endowments
- The Boatbuilding Apprentice Fund
- The Norman H. and Ellen K. Plummer Howard I. Chapelle Memorial Library Endowment
- The Collection Acquisition Endowment
- The Curatorial Endowment
- The J. Douglas Darby Memorial Education Endowment
- The J. Douglas Darby Library Endowment
- The Davenport Family Foundation Endowment
- The Education Endowment
- The Fichtner Community Sailing Endowment
- The Maintenance for Floating Exhibits Endowment
- The Jean McIntosh & William Carveth Heyn Endowment Fund
- The George F. Johnson Endowment
- The Program Endowment for the Kerr Center for Chesapeake Studies
- The Kimberly-Clark Endowment, in Memory of Robert J. Kimberly
- The Lenfest Foundation Lecture Series Endowment
- The Lighthouse Endowment
- The James Michener Intern Endowment
- The Phillip E. Nuttle Waterfowl Endowment
- The David & Susan Pyles Community Sailing Endowment
- The Sailing Club of the Chesapeake Sail Training Endowment
- The Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Trophy Endowment
- The C.V. Starr Scholarship Endowment
- The Barbara Stewart Museum Store Endowment
- The Dr. Charles H. Thornton Education Program Endowment Fund
- The Trumpy Yacht Endowment
- The Ernest and Jane Tucker Apprentice Endowment
- The George Harry Wagner Memorial Scholarship Endowment
- The Webster Endowment
- The Ralph H. Wiley Education Endowment
- The J. Howard Adkins Memorial Endowment Fund
- The David B. Baker, Jr. Memorial Endowment
- The Bedford Family Fund Operating Endowment
- The Bruce Ford Brown Memorial Operating Endowment
- The Buildings & Grounds Endowment
- The Edward B. Freeman Memorial Operating Endowment
- The Constance Stuart Larrabee Endowment
- The Dundas Leavitt Memorial Operating Endowment
- The Peter Max Operating Endowment
- The Memorial Operating Endowment
- The Fred and Nancy Meendsen Endowment
- The Members Operating Endowment
- The John B. Mencke Memorial Endowment
- The Sumner and Frances Parker Endowment
- The J. Thomas and Eleanor Requard Operating Endowment
- The J.W. Sener, Jr. Endowment
- The W. Mason Shehan Memorial Endowment Fund
- The Ralph Simmons Operating Endowment
- The Linda & Hank Spire Operating Endowment
- The John R. Valliant Log Canoe Fund
- The Vane Brothers Company Endowment
Donor Bill of Rights
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeing donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.