Essex County Museum & Historical Society

Support the ECMHS Mission: to
“Preserve, Exhibit and Educate the Vast Heritage of Essex County”
by choosing from the following donation opportunities:

Donation Opportunities:

General Fund

General Fund donations are used to support the operating budget expenditures directly related to:

Keeping the doors of the museum open, free of charge
Collection conservation and security
Exhibit design
Providing educational opportunities for students of all ages
All donations not designated to one of the funds below automatically get credited to this fund.
Annual Fund

March of each year the Annual Fund Drive begins. One hundred percent of the proceeds from that effort go toward meeting the Annual Operating Budget. This effort stands alone each year as the sole community wide appeal for funds. The contributors to the previous year’s effort are published in the Annual Report each May.
Capital Fund

The Maddox/Dillard Building purchased in 2004 now houses the Museum and the Historical Society. The purchase price for the building was $420,000. The capital fund raising effort began in 2002. Since then the principle has been reduced to $139,000. The capital fund dollars donated each year are used to make capital improvements needed for collection conservation and mortgage principle reduction. The rental income from the non museum portion of the building provides the money to meet the monthly mortgage payment.
Endowmnent Fund

The endowment was established in 2007 to ensure the long term financial stability and viability of the Museum. These investments are managed for the longer term. Loyal advocates are encouraged to consider this fund when considering one time charitable gifts, personal annual budgeting or estate and trust planning.
Donation opportunities become realities with your personal decisions to donate! Donations in the form of cash, checks, securities, real estate or personal property are all acceptable and greatly appreciated. Please call the museum at 804-443-4690 or email us at and provide your contact information if you have any questions regarding contributions.
To make a donation to Essex Museum, please visit the Essex Museum Donation webpage or download our membership/donation form, print it out and complete the details, then mail it back to our office. Thank you!

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