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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.

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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:

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Membership Levels

Individual — $60

  • Member benefits for one person
  • One personalized membership card
  • Two one-time use guest passes
  • Save 10% when you join or renew for two years

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
  • Save 10% when you join or renew for two years

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)
  • Save 10% when you join or renew for two years

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
  • Save 10% when you join or renew for two years

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
  • Save 10% when you join or renew for two years

$474 tax deductible (1 year membership), $853 tax deductible (2 year membership)

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: $75

Narrator — $2,500

All Collector benefits AND

  • Private tour of MOHAI special exhibit

Non-tax deductible portion: $75

Guardian — $5,000

All Narrator benefits AND

  • A behind-the-scenes collections tour at the MOHAI Resource Center

Non-tax deductible portion: $75

Trailblazer — $10,000

All Guardian benefits AND

  • Lunch at MOHAI with Executive Director Leonard Garfield

Non-tax deductible portion: $125

Luminary — $25,000

All Trailblazer benefits AND

  • 20% off private event rental (once per year, catering and security fees not included)

Non-tax deductible portion: $125

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.

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Ways to Give

Leonard Garfield Legacy Endowment

Leonard Garfield, MOHAI’s beloved Executive Director, celebrates twenty years of visionary leadership in April 2019.

To honor Leonard’s contributions to MOHAI and our community, the MOHAI Board of Trustees has established the Leonard Garfield Legacy Endowment. This will support educational and outreach programs, areas of MOHAI’s mission that are especially meaningful to Leonard.

Make A Gift
Learn More About The Leonard Garfield Legacy Endowment

To donate by mail, please make checks payable to:

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

Need assistance making a gift? Contact the Advancement Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 194.

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: Advancement Department
PO Box 80816
Seattle, WA 98108

Need assistance making a gift? Contact the Advancement Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 194.

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.

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Need assistance making a gift? Contact the Advancement Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 194.

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 Advancement Department online or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 194.

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 Advancement Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 194.

Legacy Giving

MOHAI’s work has never been more important – serving as a vital hub of learning and civic engagement where all members of our community come together to share their voices and stories.

Your support of MOHAI is an investment in our history, but more importantly, and investment in our future; helping us fulfill our promise that everyone, especially our community’s youngest members, are connected to our region and inspired to help us create the world we want to see tomorrow.

We appreciate your heartfelt decision to support our mission and offer the below legacy giving options. Your gift may qualify for federal income tax benefits or deductions.

IRA Distribution: When you make a qualified charitable distribution to MOHAI from your IRA, you can donate up to $100,000 to support our mission. The direct distribution to charity would not be included in taxable income. To qualify, a distribution must go directly to a public charity and meet these certain requirements:

  • If you are 59 ½ or older, you can take a distribution from your IRA and make a gift to MOHAI without penalty. If you itemize your deductions, you may take a charitable deduction for that amount.
  • If you are 70 ½ or older, you can give any amount up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to MOHAI. You will not pay income taxes on the transfer. If you are 72 or older, you can use this transfer to satisfy your required minimum distribution.
  • You must decline goods or services.

To take advantage of this opportunity, contact your IRA plan administrator and ask them to directly transfer your contribution to MOHAI before midnight on December 31, 2022. If you have check–writing features on your IRA, please be aware that your check must clear your account by December 31, 2022, to count toward your required minimum distribution for the calendar year.

Appreciated Stock: You may enjoy two tax benefits when you itemize a gift of appreciated stock: avoid paying taxes on the appreciated value and qualify for an income tax charitable deduction based on today’s market value. If you wish to make a gift of appreciated stock, email supportmohai@mohai.org.

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 Advancement Department or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 194.

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 Innovation Exchange 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.

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