Your generosity supports lifelong learning at MOR!

Your gift to the museum provides vital support for your community hub for lifelong learning. Your generosity makes possible rich educational programs for our youngest scientists and artists, changing exhibits that bring the world to Montana, and ongoing original research happening right here at Museum of the Rockies.

MOR Ways To Give

For more information on these ways to give, please contact Patricia Erikson at  Museum of the Rockies Tax ID Number is 81-6016828.

To make a check donation, please send it to:
Museum of the Rockies
c/o Annual Program
PO Box 172720
Bozeman, MT 59717

Contributions to our Changing Exhibits Fund ensure we can continue to bring the most vibrant and acclaimed exhibits to Bozeman and Montana

The Opening Doors for Montana Schoolchildren Fund ensures the museum remains accessible to all K-12 public, private, tribal, and homeschool children in Montana. This important fund covers admission fees and helps alleviate field trip costs for all Montana students.

As a long-term supporter of our community museum, you know that when a child stands toe-to-toe with a T. rex, something magical happens. Whether you’ve attended the openings of our changing exhibits, volunteered at our Living History Farm, or served as a docent, you know first-hand how many lives we’ve touched. Open the door to even bigger giving to support an organization that you already hold dear.

Using our new Planned Giving Program, you now have a powerful tool to make a longer-term statement of support for an organization that ignites the imagination of community members, from children to grandparents. Planned gifts can help you with effective tax reduction strategies while ensuring that the Museum can generate the resources needed to carry out our programs. By combining charitable giving with your financial and estate planning, you will create a personalized, lasting legacy.

Planned giving can be as straightforward as including a bequest to MOR in your will. Other more sophisticated options, such as charitable gift annuities, offer guaranteed income and substantial tax savings. You can also take advantage of a special program called the Montana Endowed Tax Credit, which helps you save money on taxes while helping the Museum build our endowment fund, which works like a “piggy bank” to ensure the Museum’s future.

View our Planned Giving Brochure.

A gift of stock to the Museum of the Rockies can be a wise choice. Donating an appreciated asset allows you to avoid a capital gains tax, as well as take a charitable deduction in your taxes.

Make a thoughtful tribute in memory of someone special or celebrate a special occasion. Your contribution will be acknowledged with a letter informing the family or friend you designate.

Treat yourself to a great time that will also do a great deal of good!

Throughout the year, Museum of the Rockies showcases its partnerships with local eateries in our community through the MOR Good Eats Program. For a three or four-month commitment, a business has the exclusive opportunity to partner with MOR by donating a percentage of proceeds from the sale of a particular item(s) at their establishment. In turn, the museum promotes the businesses and their delicious item(s) to its visitors via a slide on the digital lobby display, and to its membership of more than 6,000 households and 300 businesses in the Gallatin Valley via the triannual Seasonal Snapshot print publication and the MOR Bites monthly member email.

Big Mike License Plate

A great way to donate to MOR is by purchasing the Museum of the Rockies T. rex license plate featuring Big Mike (MOR 555). Keep in mind, you don’t have to wait to re-register your vehicle to change plates!

Museum of the Rockies inspires life-long learning in science, history, culture, and art; advances knowledge through collections, research and discovery; and presents engaging, vibrant exhibits and educational opportunities. Museum of the Rockies brings the world to Montana and shares Montana with the world.

$50 Donation to MOR
$10 Administration Cost
$10 Production Cost
$0 Renewal Donation

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, Museum of the Rockies develops and maintains partnerships that help ensure that all Montanans can benefit from our educational services, particularly those who would not otherwise be able to afford it or who face significant barriers.

MOR serves its community by making the museum’s educational mission accessible to all. MOR partners with Montana public schools and over 30 non-profit organizations to carry out our Access Initiatives which provide educational enrichment for vulnerable and underserved populations, free of charge.

Our Commitment To You

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.

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  • To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

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