"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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Annual fund

You can give directly to vital core-mission programming at the VHS—projects that help advance our mission and make the past accessible to everyone. Make an online contribution of $250 or more, and we will send you a copy of The Story of Virginia. Contribute to the annual fund.

Cardinal from Edwin Sheppard's Birds of Virginia (2000.165.8)The annual fund underwrites innovative educational programs, compelling lectures and exhibitions, long-standing research and publication initiatives, professional and web-based services, and the conservation and preservation of an incomparable collection—projects that help advance our mission and make the past accessible to everyone.

As a private institution—not a state agency—the VHS depends on charitable contributions to fulfill its educational mission.

Help us remain one of America's premier historical organizations by making your annual fund gift online today; or by sending your tax-deductible gift to the attention of Cathy Boe at the address below.

Recognition

The annual fund program provides an opportunity to give special recognition in VHS publications, to those whose gifts are $150 or more. Gifts of $250 or more also include membership dues and benefits at the corresponding level of contribution. Corporate matching gifts count toward your total annual contribution.

Free giftBlue Grey Flycatcher in Dogwood from Edwin Sheppard's Birds of Virginia (2000.165.8)

Make a contribution online of $250 or more, and we will send you a copy of The Story of Virginia.

VHS Facts

The VHS is the oldest, continuously operating cultural institution in the state and one of the oldest historical societies in the country.

In 2004, the Virginia General Assembly formally designated the VHS as the Official Sate Historical Society, recognizing it for its "special commitment to the Commonwealth's schoolteachers and their students," its stewardship of collections, and its ongoing development of comprehensive programs.

The VHS also is the only southern member of the Independent Research Libraries Association.

The VHS is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums—the highest national recognition for a museum and a designation awarded to only one in ten museums in the country.  This status signifies excellence to the museum community, funders, outside agencies, government, and to the museum-going public. Make your contribution to the annual fund today.

Cathy Boe

Cathy Boe, Senior Gifts Officer

Do you have questions about membership and giving?  Do you need help choosing a membership level?  Prefer to join or renew your membership over the phone?  Contact me at 804.342.9657 or cathy@vahistorical.org.

 

Other ways to support the VHS

Recurring gift plan

When you choose to support the VHS through a recurring gift plan you provide a steady source of income to sustain our wide array of outstanding programs and services. Setting up a recurring gift plan is quick, easy, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Every recurring donation, no matter how large or small, is one of the most manageable ways you can support the VHS. Learn more

Tribute gifts

Tribute and memorial gifts in honor of friends and family are an especially meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones while supporting VHS educational and collecting initiatives.

Youth Education Fund

The Youth Education Fund enables the VHS to offer distinct programs that cater to specific needs of various grade levels, teachers, community youth groups, and families.

Giving to the VHS can increase your income

Are you interested in ways you can strengthen the VHS while advancing your personal goals at the same time? Try our gift calculator. Now you can do the math! Learn how you can give and receive an income in return; avoid estate and income taxes; and make a gift that lasts forever.

TeachersGreatest History Teacher Salute

Pay tribute to your favorite teacher in the society's Greatest History Teacher Salute. This program honors teachers for their contributions to education and the influence they have on their students. Your Greatest History Teacher will receive a one year membership and special recognition.

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