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Discovery Fund

Your gifts to the VMNH Discovery Fund provide vital support for the museum's education, exhibits and scientific research programs.



Join today to support the museum while receiving special members' only benefits, including free unlimited admission, invitations to receptions and events, discounts in the VMNH Museum Store and PALEO Cafe, and free reciprocal admission to hundreds of museums and science centers nationwide. Click here to see the list of participating museums and science centers in the ASTC program.

Rives Coleman

"Our daughters love the museum and its exhibits, and they would like to go every day.  The family membership is a great way for a family to contribute to VMNH and the benefits are superb."

       - Rives Coleman, Member of the Virginia Museum of Natural History


Corporate Partnership

Your VMNH Corporate Partnership is a great way to provide a variety of benefits to your employees while also supporting a dynamic institution that reaches citizens across the Commonwealth and beyond. The museum offers Partnership categories for businesses of all sizes and budgets, with each level providing an excellent return on investment for your company.

Gifts of Stocks and Securities

Gifts of stock are a great way to support the Virginia Museum of Natural History, allowing you to claim a charitable deduction for the full market value of the securities on the date the gift is made.  For all gifts of stocks and securities, we encourage you to consult your tax adviser when considering such a gift.

To make a gift of securities to VMNH, please follow the directions below:

  1. Instruct your broker to transfer the chosen securities to the VMNH brokerage accounts listed below.
  2. Notify VMNH that you have initiated the gift so that we may properly allocate the funds and provide you with a tax receipt. Contact Charlotte Harter, VMNH Foundation, at 276-634-4162 or with your broker’s name and phone number, the stock you wish to give including the number of shares, and the intended purpose of your gift.

BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
Contact: Patrick M. Wales Financial Advisor: DN15
Account: Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation
Account Number: 2367646
DTC Number 0702

Endowment/Planned Giving

Your Endowment gifts provide long-term income for the museum's education, exhibits and scientific research programs while improving education, quality of life and economic growth across the region.  To learn about naming opportunities for donations toward the museum's Endowment, please click here.  To speak to someone directly about this donation opportunity, please contact Ryan Barber, deputy director of VMNH, at 276-634-4163 or via email at

You can as much as triple your gift to the Virginia Museum of Natural History if you or your spouse works for a company that will match your personal contribution through an employee/retiree matching gift program. Check with your human resources department to see if your company will help us make your dollars stretch even further.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) and Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

When planning your IRA withdrawal strategy, you may want to consider making a charitable contribution to the Virginia Museum of Natural History through a QCD or RMD.

A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, as long as certain rules are met.

To learn more about Qualified Charitable Distributions, Required Minimum Distributions and more, please consult your financial advisor or review the IRS guidelines at

To learn about VMNH programs you can support through your IRA distributions, please contact Ryan Barber at 276-634-4163 or

The traditional way...

To send your donation by check, please note the address below.

Virginia Museum of Natural History
Advancement Office
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112

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