The name Charles Marion Russell means so much more than cowboy artist. His name conjures up the very best of the American West and Western art in that we know the heart of the man was every bit as revered as his inspired work. Charlie embodied the Western values that are needed in today’s complex world – hard work, humility, creativity, humor, inclusiveness, and authenticity. Supporting the C.M. Russell Museum provides an opportunity to invest in preserving the best of our past, so that we can ignite the spirit of the American West in future generations.
Donating to the C.M. Russell Museum makes you a critical part of how we together can acquire, care, discover and share the art, culture and history of the American West.
How will a donation today help share Russell’s West with excellence?
- By ensuring that our Western art community continues to grow, thrive and gain new audiences through The Russell Exhibition and Sale, one of the most prestigious Western art events in the country.
- By improving the research accessibility and discovery of Western art so that curators and historians can develop engaging exhibitions, write books and make the films that broaden the reach of Russell’s legacy.
- By providing 16 galleries of both permanent and short-term exhibitions that create an evolving stage for sharing the history and stories of the American spirit with over 30,000 museum visitors each year.
- By partnering with educators and the community to develop a humanities curriculum that deepens our children’s understanding of the history and culture of the American West.
- By restoring, preserving and interpreting more than 100 years of history represented in the original Russell House and Studio. Our onsite, National Historic Landmark allows visitors to see and feel history come to life in the very place Charles and Nancy Russell built their legacy.
Since 1953, gifts and bequests of art and artifacts and donations of money have enabled the C.M. Russell Museum to grow. Donations of goods and services in kind from businesses and corporations have been especially valuable for capital development. Some gifts may also establish a lasting memorial of cultural and educational value for years to come.
The C.M. Russell Museum is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your gifts are deductible within IRS regulations.
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Cash: The museum gratefully accepts donations of any dollar amount. Donate Now >>
Planned Giving: A wonderful way to support the future of the C. M. Russell Museum is to provide for a future gift, either through your estate plan, a life income gift such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust, or through a charitable lead trust. Learn More About Planned Giving to the C.M. Russell Museum >>
Bequests: The most common form of deferred giving is a bequest in a person’s will or revocable (“living”) trust. Bequests are a wonderful way to have an impact beyond your lifetime and to leave a meaningful legacy that will make a difference for many years to come.
Life Income Gifts: Life income gifts benefit both the museum and the donor. Donors may receive tax and financial benefits by creating a life income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust through which you can receive fixed payments.
In-kind Goods and Services: A great way for businesses to partner with the museum.
For more information, please contact Senior Director of External Relations Jackie Slovak at 406-727-8787, ext. 321.
Art and Artifacts
Donations of art allow us to grow the museum’s collection, and ensure that these treasures are available for people of all ages to enjoy in perpetuity. While art does go through an acceptance process, these donations are tax deductible at their fair market value.
To donate artwork or artifacts, please contact Brenda Kornick, Collections Manager, at (406)-727-8787, ext. 310, or firstname.lastname@example.org. An important consideration for both museum and donor to understand is that donations or bequests of new acquisitions convey to the museum the liability of caring for the donated material. The donation of a collection or even a few works of art, artifacts, or archival materials should be accompanied by a cash contribution to the museum’s operating funds for the care of the donated materials. The museum will expend these funds on providing storage, display space, security, conservation, documentation, curatorial research, and many other costs associated with the addition of donations to the museum’s collections.