Did you know that the Children’s Museum serves more than 45,000 people each year through our programs, special events, exhibits, and community outreach?
Your gift to the Annual Fund of the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley (CMBV) provides critical funding to ensure that our high-quality educational programs, interactive exhibits, and community events are made possible throughout the Brazos Valley. As an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit institution with ticket sales and memberships covering only 60% of the Museum’s operating costs, we rely on generous donors like you to ensure sustainability. For over 20 years, we have been a resource for families and children in the Brazos Valley and your continued support ensures that we continue this tradition for generations to come.
In addition to helping underwrite our true operating costs, your donation helps provide museum access to under-served children and families through programs such as: • Monthly Free Sundays – Free admission to the public on the last Sunday of each month • Community Outreach – held at events such as First Friday in Downtown Bryan and the Local at the Lake Walk Town Center • Museum For All – Admission for family members of the same household for $2 each for any EBT card holder or WIC program participant. • Discovery on the Green – interactive programming for children held monthly at Century Square • Discounted admission for school groups • Partnership with the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Ways to Give
Recurring Giving: As little as $10 a month can lead to more fun and learning for children in the Brazos Valley and beyond. With an automatic monthly donation, you can help ensure that all area children have a special place where they can imagine, discover, and grow through play.
Ongoing monthly, quarterly, or annual donations that work with your giving level and provide immediate support. Once you have entered your payment information and submitted your recurring gift, the CMBV will automatically deduct gifts according to your desired amount and frequency. Your online donation is secure, and you can change the amount, the frequency, or the account at any time. You will get monthly email notifications and get receive one tax receipt from the CMBV at the end of each year.
Planned Gifts: A growing number of generous CMBV members and friends are helping the Museum prepare for the future by making a planned gift or bequest to the Museum through our endowment fund with the Brazos Valley Community Foundation. The information that follows suggests ways to provide a lasting legacy to the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley and thereby enriching the lives of many generations to come.
Ways to make a planned gift include: • Wills and Bequests • Trusts: Charitable Lead Trust or Charitable Remainder Trust • Life Insurance Policy • IRA or Retirement Plan Assets • Charitable Remainder Trust For more information on planned giving to Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, please call the museum at (979)779-5437 or an send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
By making a planned gift or bequest to The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley you can: • Reduce taxes on your estate through a Bequest, your Retirement Plan or Insurance Policy (the IRA Rollover is back!) • Avoid capital gains tax with an Outright Gift of Appreciated Stock • Receive income for life through a Charitable Remainder Trust • Pass assets to your children and grandchildren and cut transfer taxes through a Charitable Lead Trust
Please consult with your tax or legal advisor prior to making a planned gift.
Tribute Gifts: Gifts in honor or memory of a loved one are a special way of showing your support to the CMBV and recognizing an important person in your life. Individuals honored through a tribute gift are recognized on our Media Wall each year and a special notification of your gift is sent to the individual being honored or the family of those who are being remembered. Please provide contact information and send the information to email@example.com if you would like for us to send a notification to someone that a donation has been made in their name.
Gifts In-Kind: The CMBV is always in need of items that are found in every household or business. These items can be used for exhibits, outreach programs, museum programs, and general office use. The Museum benefits greatly from these generous donations. Here are examples of in-kind donations accepted: • Art Materials (Use your imagination!) • Office Supplies • Donations of Media Space • Technology Items (Computer equipment, software, etc.) • Tools and Equipment
Employer Matching Gifts: We welcome matching gifts from employers. For instance, our museum receives matching funds from companies like UnitedHealth Group and Kohls through their volunteer employee program. You may work for a corporation that offers a matching gift program of current employees or retirees. How to get Involved: Follow your employer’s matching gift procedures by contacting your Human Resources Department for eligibility requirements and information on how to obtain a matching gift form. Then contact the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 979-779-5437.
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How to Give:
• Give automatically online – 64607.blackbaudhosting.com/64607/CMBV-Annual-Fund
• Write a check made payable to “The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley” and mail to: The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley Attn: Annual Fund 4001 East 29th St. #80 Bryan, TX 77802
• Call (979) 779-5437 to provide credit card information by phone
Thank you for supporting The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley!
The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Tax ID#74-2757136