Support Our Annual Fund

Brooklyn Historical Society is growing in many exciting ways – through dynamic public programming, thought-provoking exhibitions, thriving education programs and increased access to our collections – we are reaching so much more of Brooklyn, and beyond, than ever before. Most of our programs are offered to the public at no charge. We are delighted to report that our 150th Anniversary campaign for stabilization and growth has raised $3.5 million toward our $4.4 million goal to date. We hope you’ll help us reach our goal during this holiday season.

Your investment in the only cultural institution dedicated to Brooklyn’s vibrant history ensures that every day we can fulfill our long-standing commitment to making history relevant and meaningful through education programs, the preservation of our magnificent collection, and exhibitions that contextualize Brooklyn history. We cannot fulfill our commitment to bring you Brooklyn’s history without your support. 

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Gifts to the annual fund are outright, 100% tax-deductible donations that are used solely for the support of day-to-day operations of the Museum and Library.

Matching Gifts

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, BHS is eligible for many employers’ corporate matching gifts programs. Obtain a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department and return it to BHS. Your donation is completely tax-deductible.

Appreciated Securities/Real Estate

Outright, irrevocable gifts of real property are eligible for charitable income tax deductions equal to the full market value of the property. Gifts of appreciated securities help to avoid the capital gains tax. In most cases, the donor may make a deduction based on the full market value of the property held for at least one year.

Major Gifts

Gifts of $5,000 or more enable the Brooklyn Historical Society to expand our educational programs, organize new exhibitions, support library projects and provide operating and capital support.  There are a variety of ways to direct your major gift.

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Unrestricted Gifts

These provide the most flexibility and allow management to direct funding where it is most needed – general operations, educational programming, maintenance, security, etc.

Restricted Gifts

These enable a donor to provide support for specific purposes or programs of interest such as school programs, upgrading library technologies, exhibition development, and other areas of interest.

Naming Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for the naming of buildings, floors, rooms, and equipment at BHS.  Wall plaques can be installed in sites throughout the building to recognize donors.

Capital Gifts

Gifts for the purchase of equipment or for the construction or renovation of facilities provide the Historical Society with the resources needed to maintain its historic building and provide uninterrupted services to the public.

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To learn more about the benefits of supporting the Brooklyn Historical Society, contact Jenny Beirne, Director of Development at 718.222.4111 ext. 240.