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MOHAI Values Community

MOHAI serves diverse communities around Seattle and Puget Sound through exhibits, educational programs, as well as member and special events. The museum brings people together for collaboration and conversation, using the past to inform the future of the region. The museum is a vibrant resource that inspires people and communities to be their best for generations to come.

Photo: Barbie Hull

Support MOHAI’s Mission

MOHAI relies on the generosity of donors and members in order to strengthen the community through programs, exhibits, and the preservation of our shared history. We are grateful for individual and corporate support, a true illustration of the culture of philanthropy in Puget Sound that allows the region to continue to thrive.

MOHAI Welcomes Everyone

MOHAI strives to be inclusive of all audiences. With multiple free and low cost ways to access the museum through exhibits and programming, the museum reaches many communities from the region and beyond. Many enriching stories are shared throughout the museum, and visitors can explore and identify with this collective history to increase their sense of belonging.

Membership

MOHAI members are essential.

Membership at MOHAI guarantees year-round access to the most riveting stories from Puget Sound’s past, present, and future. With soaring spaces to interactive explorations, from tours and lectures to summer camps, there’s truly something for everyone. Members also provide critical support needed to continue the preservation of the artifacts and stories told throughout the exhibits and programming.

Join us. We invite you to find the right level membership for you.

All MOHAI Members receive the following benefits:

Membership Levels

Individual — $60

  • Member benefits for one person
  • One personalized membership card
  • Two one-time use guest passes

100% tax deductible

Dual | Family — $95

  • Member benefits for two people plus children or grandchildren 17 and under
  • Two personalized membership cards
  • Three one-time use guest passes

100% tax deductible

MOHAI Plus — $150

  • Member benefits for three people plus children or grandchildren 17 and under
  • Three personalized membership cards
  • Four one-time use guest passes
  • Reciprocal museum benefits to over 800 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM)

100% tax deductible

Storyteller — $250

  • Member benefits for three people plus children or grandchildren 17 and under
  • Three personalized membership cards
  • Four one-time use guest passes
  • Reciprocal museum benefits to over 800 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM)
  • Time Travelers reciprocal museum benefits to over 300 US historical museums, sites and societies

100% tax deductible

Innovator — $500

  • Member benefits for three people plus children or grandchildren 17 and under
  • Three personalized membership cards
  • Five one-time use guest passes
  • Reciprocal museum benefits to over 800 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM)
  • Time Travelers reciprocal museum benefits to over 300 US historical museums, sites and societies
  • Two Memberships in One with the Smithsonian Affiliate membership

$474 tax deductible

Heritage Circle

Heritage Circle, comprised of MOHAI’s leading supporters, provides crucial contributions to all aspects of MOHAI’s exhibits, public, and education programs. Through an annual gift of $1,000 or more, Heritage Circle contributors are given increased access to MOHAI and can connect with history in stimulating and original ways.

Heritage Circle Levels

Because of their generous and vital support, Heritage Circle contributors are offered the full and exclusive benefits of the Innovator Level of Membership, as well as the following:

 

Collector — $1,000

All Innovator member benefits AND

  • Invitations to the annual Heritage Circle Appreciation Party and special exhibit openings
  • Recognition of support on the MOHAI Donor Wall and Annual Report

Non-tax deductible portion: $44

Narrator — $2,500

All Collector benefits AND

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the collection at the MOHAI Resource Center with Director of Curatorial Services, Dave Unger (maximum four people)

Non-tax deductible portion: $44

Guardian — $5,000

All Narrator benefits AND

  • Lunch at MOHAI with Executive Director, Leonard Garfield

Non-tax deductible portion: $94

Trailblazer — $10,000

All Guardian benefits AND

  • Private tour of one locally curated special exhibit

Non-tax deductible portion: $94

Luminary — $25,000

All Trailblazer benefits AND

  • Complimentary rental space at MOHAI (rental fee waived; additional event needs not included)

Non-tax deductible portion: $94

Give to MOHAI

Individuals’ generosity enables MOHAI to inspire communities, foster their sense of place within the Pacific Northwest, and to move towards the future. Giving to MOHAI is easy. From matching gifts to planned giving, MOHAI staff can help find the best way to help support the museum.

Ways to Give

Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund provides vital support for every aspect of MOHAI’s mission to preserve history and share stories with the community.

Gifts of all amounts help:

  • Bring exceptional new and exciting exhibits to hundreds of thousands of individuals every year;
  • Provide diverse educational programs and learning experiences to young people and their teachers;
  • Care for the millions artifacts that need to be restored and preserved;
  • Provide scholarships to over one-third of students who visit the museum; and
  • Empower everyone to be inspired by history.

Donate Now

To donate by mail, please make checks payable to:

MOHAI
Attn: Development Department
PO Box 80816
Seattle, WA 98108

Need assistance making a gift? Contact the Development Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 193.

Monthly Giving

Monthly giving is an easy way to make a large impact through automatic direct deductions.

 

Want to support MOHAI year-round with automatic donations? Monthly giving is an easy way to make a large impact through automatic direct deductions. This is the perfect option for those who want to effortlessly support MOHAI’s mission, or those that want to make a gradual contributions throughout the year.

Donate Now

Need assistance making a gift? Contact the Development Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 193.

Gifts of Stock

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is one of the most tax advantaged ways to make charitable gifts.

With careful planning, gifts of stock can reduce capital gains taxes, are eligible for a charitable income tax deductions, and further the mission of MOHAI.

To make a gift of stock, please contact the Development Department online or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 134.

Matching Gifts

Double the impact of a gift to MOHAI. Stretch contributions to MOHAI with qualifying matching gifts from employers.

Many employers match contributions dollar for dollar, or even more. Some companies will even match membership support, depending on program requirements.

Find out if a company participates in matching gift programs by contacting its Human Resources, Personnel or Community Relations Department and follow their instructions.

To make a matching gift, please contact the Development Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 193.

Planned Giving

Thoughtful estate planning can meet your individual goals, secure your family’s future, and strengthen MOHAI for years to come.

Serve as an example to others, demonstrate community-minded values, and foster a lasting commitment to MOHAI’s mission by making a planned gift.

A bequest is one of the easiest planned gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to MOHAI as part of your estate plan. Giving in this way can generate a charitable estate tax deduction and substantial tax savings.

There are a variety of ways to donate, such as:

  • Life insurance
  • 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plans
  • Individual retirement accounts
  • Annuities
  • Living trusts

Those who include the museum in their estate plans become members of the Legacy Society to honor your dedication to the future of MOHAI.  You will also be invited to join in private exhibit tours, celebrations, and other special events.

To discuss planned giving opportunities, please contact the Development Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 134.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Make a gift to MOHAI in memory or honor of a friend or loved one, and share their legacy with the MOHAI community.

To make a memorial or tribute gift, include the person’s name when donating. The museum will then notify the party of family members that a gift has been made in his or her name.

All memorial or honorary gifts are directed to the Annual Fund unless otherwise instructed.

To make a memorial or tribute gift, please contact the Development Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 193.

Corporate Support

From small businesses to large corporations, MOHAI has a variety of opportunities for businesses to support Puget Sound’s past, present, and future. Corporate support is an investment in the region’s economic vitality, cultural ecosystem, and community vibrancy. Whether it’s becoming a Corporate Member or sponsoring an exhibit or program, there are many benefits from corporate support, and involvement shows an investment in Seattle, Puget Sound, and beyond.

Fundraising Events

Photo: Barbie Hull

MOHAI brings together its supporters for multiple events throughout the year, raising support and funding for MOHAI’s programs and outreach. Fundraising events support the museum’s work to preserve and share the artifacts and stories of diverse histories…

Photo: Barbie Hull

…from pushing boundaries of what the future will be at the What’s Next: Innovation Breakfast in the spring…

Photo: Barbie Hull

…to the celebrating MOHAI’s mission and role in the community at History Makers Gala in the fall.

Volunteer

Volunteers have an enormous impact at MOHAI as they not only help to preserve Puget Sound history, but also share knowledge and enrich visitors’ experiences. The museum has many volunteer opportunities that are fun and interesting for everyone.