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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.

March 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017

YOUR charitable gifts provide the lion’s share of the Museum’s support, making it possible for us to instill an appreciation for and understanding of the Chesapeake Bay in 70,000 annual guests while maintaining an 18-acre campus with 12 exhibition buildings and a working boatyard that restores and preserves the largest fleet of historic Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world.

CBMM’s Annual Fund 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.

Below is just a sample of what you’ll be supporting when you make your gift to CBMM’s Annual Fund. Click on any image to donate!

Review our financials and see how your donations are spent, and find our ratings and reviews on Charity Navigator and Guide Star.

$9,424 raised

Goal: $675,000

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: Jen Matthews at or 410-745-4959.

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:

  1. The IRA charitable rollover for tax year 2015 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.
  2. A gift to a charitable organization from an individual’s IRA can count toward the annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) by the IRS.
  3. Transfers must be made directly from your IRAs custodian to the Museum.
  4. Transfers must be completed by 12/31/15 in order to qualify as a tax year 2015 gift.

If you have a required minimum distribution that you have not yet taken for 2015, please consider making a direct IRA rollover gift to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. You may obtain instructions by contacting Jen Matthews at or 410-745-4959.

A direct gift from your IRA to the Museum 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.
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: Jen Mathews at or 410-745-4959.  
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: Jen Matthews at or 410-745-4959.  

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 Jen Matthews at or 410-745-4959.

 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.