"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Giving Opportunities


Maximize your contribution to the VHS by participating in your employer's matching gift program. The VHS qualifies as a recipient of support from many companies. You and your company will be recognized for your company's matching gift. Learn more



Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities offer a number of tax advantages over a cash gift. The VHS has opened accounts with several firms for your convenience.


For more information or to make a gift, please contact Matt Weber, Senior Officer for Donor Services, at 804.342.9658 or mweber@vahistorical.org



Support Virginia history when you host your next event in the VHS’s unique and well equipped venues. Whether you’re planning a wedding, class reunion, club gala, or workshop, make it an extraordinary one in our art galleries, soaring atrium, theater, classrooms, boardroom, or historic Virginia House.


For more information, please contact Laura Frazho, Special Events and Facility Rentals Manager, at 804.342.9676 or events@vahistorical.org



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Make History Now Fund

Annual gifts to the Make History Now Fund power the heart of the VHS’s mission, helping to underwrite our free admission, as well as exhibits, events, and programs. These gifts also support the Youth Education Fund’s school and community group tours and activities, multi-generational learning experiences, and teacher training and re-certification workshops. Gifts of $150 or more receive special recognition in VHS publications. Gifts of $250 or more also include membership and its benefits. Any employer matching gifts count toward your total annual contribution.

For more information or to make a gift, please contact Matt Weber, Senior Officer for Donor Services, at 804.342.9658 or mweber@vahistorical.org.

Virginia History GEM (Give Every Month)

Maximize the impact of your commitment to history! Monthly giving is the most convenient and efficient way to support the VHS. As a GEM donor, you decide on a gift amount ($5 minimum, which you can change or cancel at any time), then authorize your bank or credit card company to send your gift automatically, every month. That consistent, reliable income stream makes it possible for us to plan ahead with confidence, reduces administrative costs, and focuses more resources on core-mission programming.

For more information, please contact Cathy Boe, Senior Gifts Officer and Senior Officer for Member Travel, at 804.342.9657 or cathy@vahistorical.org.


Tribute, Memorial, and 'in lieu of" Gifts

Give a gift in honor or memory of friends and family, especially when donations are requested in lieu of gifts. Supporting the VHS connects the past with the future, and is an especially meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones. Your gift will be recognized in VHS publications.

For more information or to make a gift, please contact Matt Weber, Senior Officer for Donor Services, at 804.342.9658 or mweber@vahistorical.org.

Through the Seats of Honor program, a limited number of seats in our 500-seat Robins Family Forum are available to be personalized or named in memory or in honor of a loved one. Your gift can even be directed toward your favorite forum programming.

To save your seat, please contact Elaine McFadden, Senior Officer for Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations, 804.342.9664 or emcfadden@vahistorical.org

Planning Your Legacy

When you include the VHS in your financial or estate plans, you fulfill the promise that the next generation of Americans will continue to learn from Virginia’s past. Bequests and other planned gifts give the VHS the necessary resources to overcome the ever-present dangers of apathy and neglect. 

If you have already included a legacy for the VHS in your plans, please help us by using this form to let us know of your generous intention to make a difference for future generations.

Please contact Pam Seay, Senior Vice President for Advancement, at 804.342.9681 or pseay@vahistorical.org for information about professional advisors, bequests, retirement plans, life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, or charitable gift annuities (view a table for current gift annuity rates).

Want to see an illustration? Our gift calculator can help you illustrate a charitable gift annuity based upon information specified by you.

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