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The Annual Fund


Annual Fund dollars support the Museum’s education programs and seasonal festivals, restoration programs, and special events. Whether it’s to help restore a historic vessel like theEdna E. Lockwood, or supply varnish for the hull of a newly crafted skiff as part of the Apprentice for a Day program, your donation to the Annual Fund goes to work right away. A full 100% of these funds go directly into programs and services that enhance the Chesapeake experience for the Museum’s members and guests.Thank you for helping us introduce and impact more people to the history, heritage, wonder and challenges of the Chesapeake Bay!

Read our Annual Appeal Letters

Doc Hawkinson

November, 2015

As a longtime volunteer in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Boatyard, I have the pleasure of interacting with many Museum guests. By demonstrating the traditions of a working Chesapeake boatyard, we foster the connection between the Museum’s displays and the traditional wooden boatbuilding that we practice.



John Valliant presents a check to GA. Van Lennep Jr, vice president of the Talbot County Historical Society for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Star Democrat, 1964.

September, 2015

Think about it a moment: What are your most precious childhood memories? I bet you have stories to tell and experiences to share. As a boy, I went to the dock daily during the summer to bail out my little skiff, coil her lines and take her on a short row for crabbing or fishing. I would lie down on her bottom, peer over the gunwale and imagine I was on the high seas, though I was only floating in a small tributary to the Tred Avon River.


Kids Club aboard the Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels Maryland. Photo by Bill WilhelmAugust, 2015

When I think about what makes the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum a world-class maritime museum, a key fact comes to mind…CBMM is the only museum in the world dedicated to offering an authentic experience exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay.



Donation Levels

Crew up to $99 Vice Admiral $2,500 to $4,99
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 Chesapeake $25,000 to $49,000
Commodore $1,000 to $2,499 Admiral of the Sea $50,000 and up

For more information on the Museum’s Annual Fund, please contact: René Stevenson, Vice President of Constituent Services at 410-745-4950 or email

A gift of stock is a great way to support the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. If you have stock that has appreciated greatly in value, you may consider giving securities as a year-end gift to the Museum. Giving long-term appreciated stock offers you a two-fold tax saving. First, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the increased value of your stock. Second, you receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock on the date of your gift to the Museum. For income tax purposes the value of a gift of stock may be deducted up to 30% of your adjusted gross income with a additional five-year carry forward of any balance.

Making a gift of stock to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is easy. Just inform your broker of your intention to make a gift, have him or her give the Museum a call, and the Museum handles the rest! For more information, please contact: René Stevenson, Vice President of Constituent Services at 410-745-4950 or email

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is honored to receive memorial gifts for both Museum members and non-members. The Museum accepts memorial gifts in the form of checks, credit cards or gifts of stock. When making your memorial gift, please note the name of the individual you wish to honor and make your gift payable to:
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Navy Point, 213 N. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21633

For more information, please contact: René Stevenson, Vice President of Constituent Services at 410-745-4950 or email

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else. We will not send you mail on behalf of another organization. The Museum will only share personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so. If you wish to be removed from our mailing list, please contact Rene Stevenson at or call 410-745-4950.

 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeing donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.