The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, exists and operates thanks to our generous donors. Following are ways you, your business or organization can support us and help us fulfill our mission. All donations will receive tax-deductible documentation. For more information on ways to support the Museum, contact us at 239.395.2233.
Sponsor a Lee County elementary school class field trip to the Museum. A donation of $350 helps defray the cost of the visit and ensures continuation of this unique educational opportunity for our students.
Annual Fund gift is above and beyond a membership contribution. Memberships are for individuals and their families. An Annual Fund gift is to the Museum. We treasure our Annual Fund as we use these proceeds for our highest priorities at the time of donation.
BRICKS AT "THE RAYMOND BURR MEMORIAL GARDEN"
Purchase as a memorial or to honor a special person or special occasion. Personalized bricks are displayed at The Raymond Burr Memorial Garden near the entrance to the Museum. Learn more about Raymond Burr's involvement with the Museum, how to purchase bricks, and how to find an existing brick HERE.
A gift to support our mission. The educational programs are the core of the Museum’s mission, and include, but are not limited to, exhibits, school tour groups, adult group outreach programs, videos, school shell collections, lecture series, field trips and special seasonal programs.
A Memorial or Tribute gift is a special way to honor someone in your life, to celebrate a special occasion or to remember a loved one who is no longer with you. A request to donate can be included in your loved one’s obituary.
R. TUCKER ABBOTT LEGACY SOCIETY
This legacy honors and recognizes in perpetuity individuals who have included the Museum in their estate plans through bequest gifts, life insurance or retirement plans or who have created a named endowment benefiting the Museum.
The Society is named for R. Tucker Abbott, the world-renowned malacologist who served as founding director and coordinated the planning stages from 1984 until opening day in 1995.
REAL ESTATE GIFTS
Donate primary residences, vacation homes, undeveloped land or commercial property. If the property has been owned for more than one year you may be entitled to a charitable deduction equal to the full fair market value of the property.
STOCKS AND PUBLICLY TRADED SECURITIES
A gift of stocks, bonds and mutual funds entitles the donor to a tax deduction for the market value of the donated stock.
The Museum offers corporate, organization and individual sponsorship opportunities for special events, newsletters, lecture series, exhibits and partnerships.