Support comes in many forms; if you would like to express yours more actively, consider the following.
New! Direct Online Donations to Your Favorite Projects and Programs at the Birmingham Museum
The museum develops projects and programs of special interest to the community, and now you can contribute through touchless online donations through the city's secure online payment forms. Several options are available and are described below, or call the museum at 248-530-1682 for more information.
Contribute to the George and Eliza Taylor Grave Monument at Greenwood Cemetery
The Taylors were formerly enslaved people who made their way to Birmingham in the late 1800s to become the first African-American property owners in town. They died in 1901 and 1902 and were buried in Greenwood Cemetery without a marker. Recent research by George Getschman of the Friends of the Birmingham Museum and museum assistant Donna Casaceli uncovered their story, and now you can contribute to the fundraising project to erect a grave marker for the Taylors. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Birmingham Museum and the Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who have committed $2,000 to the project. Your donation will help us raise the remaining $2,700. Any excess funds will go to a Greenwood Cemetery preservation fund with the Friends of the Birmingham Museum.
Make a secure online donation at https://bhamgov.wufoo.com/forms/zw2oa9v05w8vrb/ , or make your check payable to the Friends of the Birmingham Museum (a 501c3 non-profit organization) . Or call 248-530-1682 to learn more. Many thanks!
Make a Virtual Donation to Restore the Museum's Historic Landscape
The grounds at the Birmingham Museum were once graced by beautiful elm trees, and the pleasant views of the pond and Rouge River were unimpeded by invasive plants. Funds are being raised to help return the landscape to its historic character through a landscape master plan project. You can contribute to three special project components; 1) historic trees, 2) a community heritage perennial garden, and 3) a children's garden area.
You can now make a donation directly for the project you specifically want to support. To find out more, follow this link to our specialized project donation form at https://bhamgov.wufoo.com/forms/zw2oa9v05w8vrb/ . Thank you!
Other Ways to Support the Museum
There are two ways to volunteer to help the museum; 1) as part of the museum staff, or 2) with the Friends of the Birmingham Museum whose various activities also support the museum. At the museum, volunteers assist in maintaining and operating the Birmingham Museum as an educational institution and cultural resource. Interested volunteers complete an application and meet with staff to determine the best fit between volunteer interests and museum needs. Download a Birmingham Museum Volunteer Form
The Birmingham Museum accepts artifact donations on a case by case basis only. If you have an item you wish to be considered for the permanent collection, please call the Museum Director at 248.530.1928, or send an email to email@example.com. Material brought to the museum prior to speaking with the Director cannot be accepted.
Both the Friends and Community Foundation are charitable organizations and your contribution is tax deductible. Both organizations will acknowledge your gift in writing; the Community Foundation will also notify the Friends of your contribution.
The Friends of the Birmingham Museum (a.,k.a. the Birmingham Historical Society) is a Michigan 501c3 non-profit organization (Tax ID: 38-611127). Anyone wishing to contribute to the Friends' Annual Fund, which provides operational support for the museum, can do so by sending a check made out to:
Friends of the Birmingham Museum
556 W. Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009
See more about the Friends of the Birmingham Museum and how you can support the museum by becoming a member or helping with fund-raising.
The Birmingham Museum Endowment
Contributions can also be made to the Birmingham Museum's Endowment Fund. Proceeds from the endowment fund are distributed twice annually to the City of Birmingham to help with the museum's operational budget. The principal in the endowment fund is managed by the Community Foundation for SE Michigan. A contribution should be made by check to the following*:
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
333 West Fort Street, Suite 2010
Detroit, MI 48226-3134
*It is important to indicate on the check, or in a note accompanying the check, that your contribution is for the Birmingham Museum, formerly Birmingham Historical Museum Endowment Fund.