“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s been a year of profound change and challenge for all of us. Throughout American history, there have been many challenges but through it all, there is one constant: we are stronger when we are united behind a common cause.
A year ago, when we were unsure what the future held for us as an organization, you made it abundantly clear: you were united with us to ensure the future of preserving the past. You contributed, you visited, you became members, and you took part in our experiences.
You stepped up in so many ways to keep our mission alive and thereby ensured we would continue to go forward.
You showed your commitment, and for that we thank you.
But as shown within the exhibits here at the American Heritage Museum, the future is not preserved through a single victory or a single deed. It takes an ongoing effort from many people to keep America strong, and it takes the same efforts from many to keep our mission of preserving history alive.
That is why we ask for your help this year – we ask you to make the American Heritage Museum and the Collings Foundation a part of your year-end giving in any way you can.
Your support has helped us adapt to changes and move forward. Your dedication to the Collings Foundation has supported the continuing restoration of the B-17 Flying Fortress s/n 44-83785 and accomplish the necessary work to resume the Wings of Freedom Tour in the future. Through your generous support of the American Heritage Museum, we added new special living history weekends through the summer, developed new tank and armor experiences, designed new educational outreach programs for schools, and have started to plan for future expansions and growth in the coming years that will ensure new generations of Americans embrace our shared heritage.
Through all the challenges and changes, you have kept us moving forward. Will you help us maintain this positive direction over the coming year? We invite you to consider becoming an even more important part of our mission now, as a contributor to our annual fund.
YOUR SUPPORT GOES FARTHER
Your financial support to the Collings Foundation and the American Heritage Museum goes directly to the living history programs and efforts that make a difference. Through the efforts of a small staff, a large team of dedicated volunteers, and little overhead, you can be sure that every penny is put to work and your dollar makes more of a difference! As we are not associated with any branch of service or government organization, it is your support alone that will support projects including:
Final construction of the hauntingly important POW / MIA Exhibit within the Vietnam War Gallery of the American Heritage Museum including original cells of the “Hanoi Hilton” (Hỏa Lò Prison) where many of our prisoners of war suffered for years in isolation.
Restorations of new historic aircraft and vehicles donated in the past year including: deHavilland Mosquito, Heinkel HE-111, M36 Jackson tank destroyer, and preservation of materials including the Parks Collection of World War One Aviation artifacts and uniforms of famous WWI aviators including the Lafayette Escadrille donated this past year.
Expansion of our educational programs for schools like the Travelling WWI Model-T Ambulance Exhibit, our American Heritage Museum Field Trip Support Fund, and our Educational Endowment to fund outreach and resources for schools and students, supporting education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), and history.
Over the past 40+ years, our programs have allowed history to come alive for millions around the United States, including yourself. You can help us do the same for millions more that will touch future generations of Americans.
YOUR SUPPORT MEANS MORE THAN EVER
We appreciate that many of our supporters like you have gone through significant challenges over the past year, but we sincerely hope you will consider the Collings Foundation and the American Heritage Museum in your year-end giving plans. Your financial support means more than ever as we continue to move forward and grow… keeping our mission alive. See the information at the bottom of this email for donation options. Thank you again for being a friend and loyal supporter of our shared mission.
There are many ways to make a lasting impact. Your generosity could have an immediate effect with an annual fund gift, or a donor advised fund (DAF) distribution. Specific programs like those you see to the right of this page are also available to earmark your donation. Please also consider a longer-term legacy, making the Collings Foundation and the American Heritage Museum an important part of your planned giving strategy. We would love to discuss how we can work together to connect your special passion with a program that preserves your legacy as part of our mission.
Give to the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum Annual Fund
Do you want to help the most pressing needs at the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum? Consider a donation to our Annual Fund. All donations to the Annual Fund help support year-end operations, maintenance, restorations, and development of our educational program planning for the next year.
Learn more about giving to the Collings Foundation Annual Fund at this link.
Become a Member of the Collings Foundation and the American Heritage Museum
Membership to the Collings Foundation is a fantastic way to contribute each year and become an active part of the Collings Foundation, American Heritage Museum, and the Wings of Freedom Tour. Membership is available for students, individuals, couples, and families and includes great benefits such as free admission, discounts, and volunteer opportunities. We even have Lifetime Memberships available as well.
Click here to learn more about membership and purchase a membership online…
Support the Construction of the POW/MIA Exhibit Including the Original Hỏa Lò Prison Cells
Please support the powerful POW/MIA exhibit construction at the American Heritage Museum that will include the only original cells of the Hỏa Lò Prison, known as the “Hanoi Hilton” outside of Vietnam. This is an important story that will add much more to the Vietnam War Gallery at the AHM.
Click here to learn more about the POW/MIA Exhibit and giving to the effort.
Become a Plane Sponsor or an Armor Sponsor
There is no better way to support your special aircraft, vehicle, or museum than to become a Plane Sponsor or an Armor Sponsor. Your donation goes right to the program that you are most dedicated to, and your directed support helps us fund new restoration or expansion. Corporate sponsorship is welcomed and strongly encouraged.
Click here to learn more about these programs and donate online…
Give to our educational field trip endowment…
An American Association of School Administrators survey found that 50% of schools did not plan field trips for the coming year. Budgetary crunches are partially to blame. We intend to develop an endowment to assist with admissions, and provide bus funding so that the American Heritage Museum can bring much needed history and STEM content to students.
Click to donate online to the educational field trip endowment…
How to Contribute
Contributions may be made through cash, check or money order, or Mastercard or Visa. Donations of appreciated stock are also accepted.
Monetary donations are essential and our greatest need. There are a variety of ways to support the Collings Foundation. Estate provisions, IRA payments, foundation grants and stock are always appreciated. Over ninety-five cents of every dollar donated goes directly to our programs including operations, maintenance, restoration and endowment for the future.
Employer Gift Matches
Did you know that many companies will match a portion of the charitable contributions by employees each year? Grow your gift and impact through an employer match – search for your company and matching gift instructions using our search engine at the link below.
Learn more about and search for employer matches at this link.
Corporate Sponsors are crucial to the operation of the Collings Foundation. Their donations keep our aircraft flying and well equipped to operate for years to come.
Contact Us Today
Please contact our Development Office with any questions you may have about giving and sponsorship to help further our mission of living history for future generations!
Contact: Ryan Keough
Director of Donor Relations and Development
978-562-9182 office – firstname.lastname@example.org