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Membership & Support

Overview

Your donation to the Curtiss Museum helps maintain the quality of exhibits, programs and collections and support a wide range of Museum programs, events and services. Gifts to the Curtiss Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Make your gift to the Curtiss Museum today and help us continue to share the extraordinary life and career of Glenn H. Curtiss.


Planned Giving and Bequests

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum relies on private support to build its collections and meet the cost of its diverse services to the public. Donors to the Museum are part of a long tradition of philanthropy that has made the Curtiss Museum one of the pre-eminent aviation museums in the United States. Donors also may receive significant tax incentives or financial benefits. Methods of giving differ with respect to what is given, how it is given, and the tax or financial planning benefits of making the gift.


Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law: Tax benefits under the Tax Relief Act of 2001 were effective beginning July 1, 2001. Throughout the phase-in period of the Tax Relief Act of 2001, Congress retains the tax incentives that make charitable giving appealing. From 2002 to 2009, the federal estate and gift tax rates will fall. In 2010, the estate taxes will be fully repealed. The new law has benefits for every individual, corporation, trust and estate. Consult your attorney or tax advisor to learn more.


Bequests

A bequest to Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is not subject to federal or state inheritance and estate taxes. The value of the bequest is deductible in determining the taxable estate for estate tax purposes, and there is no limit on the amount of deduction.

Types of bequests include unrestricted cash bequests, restricted cash bequests, specific bequests of property and residual bequests. A will is essential if you wish to make a bequest to Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and an attorney should be consulted. The Curtiss Museum will be glad work with you and your attorney.


Donations of Cash

Gifts of cash are the simplest, most common way to make a contribution to Curtiss Museum. Immediately effective and simple to give, this contribution is deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional tax years.


Donations of Securities or Real Estate

Gifts of stock, bonds, mutual funds and real estate that have been owned longer than 12 months and have appreciated in value present a great gift opportunity. Benefits include an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional tax years, and capital gains taxes are eliminated on contributed securities or real estate.


Tribute and Memorial Donations

Tributes and Memorial donations can be made in honor of a friend or family member. The honored individual (or family) will receive an acknowledgement that a gift has been made in their honor. All Tribute and Memorial Gifts are also acknowledged in the Aerogram, Curtiss Museum's Newsletter.




Donate to Our Collections

The Curtiss Museum accepts and greatly appreciates donations of items and artifacts connected with Glenn Curtiss or the local history of Hammondsport. If you would like to donate an item, please read our mission statement and additional information below to better understand our collection focus.


Mission Statement

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, collects, preserves and interprets early aviation, transportation and local history, celebrates the genius of Glenn Hammond Curtiss, and enhances understanding of the impact that the development of aviation at Hammondsport, NY, has had on the state, the nation, and the world.

Some of the things the museum collects would be:

  • Photographs
  • Personal and Business Records and Papers
  • Books and Periodicals
  • Maps
  • Architectural Drawings
  • Local and State Government Records
  • Equipment and Accessories related to local manufacturing or business
If you have a special document or photograph that you really want to keep but would like to share it with the museum - we can copy your photographs, documents, maps, etc., (subject to any copyright restrictions) to make them available to researchers and you can keep the original.


To Make a Donation - please contact the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.

The director or the curator will speak to you or write to you about your donation. The staff will evaluate all items offered to the museum. Please provide as much background information as you can on your item. If the museum decides to accept your donation, we will provide you with a gift agreement to sign - this transfers ownership of the item to the Curtiss Museum . For items of significant value, we suggest that you obtain an objective and professional outside appraisal of your gift if you require the documentation for tax purposes. The IRS questions appraisals given by museums because of potential conflict of interest.