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.

Act now to help conserve the Original Russell House and Studio, together a National Historic Landmark. Learn more about this very important project.


Cash: The museum gratefully accepts donations of any dollar amount. CLICK HERE to 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. CLICK HERE to 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.

Special Funds: Donate money directly to the museum fund of your choice.  DONATE to a Special Fund

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 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.

Special Funds

Art Acquisition Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Created from donations in memory of Bob Skinner, Jane Hibbard, and many others, the Art Acquisition Fund provides monies to purchase original art for the museum’s permanent collection.

Bertha Feaster Studio Improvements Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established by the estate of Bertha Feaster in 2006, this fund provides monies to maintain and improve the C.M. Russell Studio.

Capital Improvements Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
The museum board established the Capital Improvements fund in 2005 for capital improvements to the museum, house, and studio.

Chan and Clara Ferguson Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Since the 1990s, this fund has supported the salary and activities of the museum’s curator and the curatorial department.

Dorothy Lee Day Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established in 2011, this fund supports the salaries of museum staff working in the development and membership departments.

Elliott Dybdal Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established in memory of Elliott Dybdal, this fund provides monies for acquiring art and artifacts for the museum collection.

Exhibit Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established in 2005 with proceeds from the Buffalo Hunt fund-raiser, this fund provides monies for the museum’s changing and temporary exhibition.

Anne Morand Memorial Fund
Created in 2013 in memory of Anne Morand for her contributions to the museum, this fund includes two programs for donations: a scholarship fund for an outstanding high school student who plans to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in fine arts or arts-related fields and an art acquisition fund to purchase artwork for the museum’s permanent collection. CLICK HERE to donate to the Scholarship >>     CLICK HERE to donate to Art Acquisition >>

Frankie Stinchfield Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
A bequest in 1993 from the estate of Frankie Stinchfield established this fund to support the museum’s general operating expenses.

Dufresne Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Since the Dufresne Foundation provided the lead gift in 2004, many individuals have donated to this fund to support yearly stipends paid to summer interns.

Bison Exhibit Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established in 2008 by donors and grantors to the Bison Exhibit, this fund supports the programming and ongoing remediation of artifacts and art associated with the exhibition.

Curatorial Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established by the Lakeside Foundation in 2008, this fund provides monies for the conservation and maintenance of the museum’s art collection.

Educational Program Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
This fund supports programs and activities for children, youth, and families. Donations were received from the Leslie Hatcher estate in 1997, the Sally Ann and Henry J. Peres, Jr., estate in 2001, The Windmill Foundation, and paddle raises at the 2012–2015 The Russell art auction.

Renner Library Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established by contributions from the friends and family of Fred and Ginger Renner, this fund helps develop and maintain the Renner Library and care for materials donated from the Renner estates.

Russell Riders’ Sculpture Garden Fund     CLICK HERE to donate >>
Established by the Russell Riders in 2011, this fund supports the development of an outdoor sculpture garden at the museum.

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