The Washington State Historical Society seeks to remain indispensable to civic life for all Washingtonians. When you make a donation you become an investor and partner in the future of an organization that preserves and celebrates the best of Washington history.

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Ways to Give

Every gift has the power to provide experiences that invite, inspire, and connect people with history and each other.

When you support the Washington State Historical Society by becoming a member or through a charitable donation, you ensure that the heritage sector is a vibrant, valued, and sustained part of our community.

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Gifts of Cash

Whether it is a one-time gift or a monthly recurring pledge, your investment in the Washington State Historical Society enables us to continue to provide a breadth of enriching experiences to people in our region. Together, with your support, we can continue to offer our communities access to fist class exhibitions, dynamic educational programs and the ongoing protection and preservation of Washington’s treasures.

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Endowed Gifts

Endowments are a powerful investment in our future as they can provide a perpetual source of funding for our programs, exhibitions, educational outreach and protecting items in our State’s collections. Our philanthropy team will work with you to tailor an endowment to support the specific purpose you desire. Contact us today to tell your story.

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Gift and Estate Planning

By including The Washington State Historical Society in your estate or financial plans, you will make a lasting difference, create a legacy and provide opportunities to future generations. You can plan a gift that will provide benefits today or after your lifetime, often with tax benefits to you. Our Philanthropy team can work with you and provide guidance and resources on different options available.

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Corporate Support

Demonstrate your company’s commitment to the heritage sector and build a partnership with the Washington State Historical Society through corporate giving. Whether your interest lies with a Sponsorship or joining our Business Patron Society, the WSHS can help meet marketing, philanthropic, community engagement, employee benefits, and client entertainment objectives.

Many employers will match their employees’ donations, many will even match the gifts of retired employees, spouse. See the list below to find out if your company provides matching gift opportunities!

Employers with Matching-Gift Program


  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Allstate Insurance
  • American Express Co.
  • Amgen Inc.
  • Arco
  • Avista Corporation
  • Avon Products Inc. Bank of America Corp.
  • Bank One Corp. B lack and Decker Corp.
  • Boeing Company
  • Brown and Brown of Washington
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. and subsidiaries
  • ChevronTexaco Corp.
  • Chubb and Son, Inc.
  • Cigna Corp.
  • Cingular Wireless
  • Circuit City Stores Inc.
  • Citigroup
  • Coca-Cola Co.
  • Compaq Computer Corp.
  • Costco Wholesale
  • eBay Inc.
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Eli Lily and Co.
  • Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.
  • Federated Department Stores
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Fuji Bank, Ltd.
  • Gap Inc.
  • Georgia-Pacific Co.
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Globe Newspaper Co., and subsidiaries
  • Goldman Sachs Group, Ltd.
  • Harris Corp.
  • Hoffman-La Roche Inc.
  • Honeywell International
  • IBM
  • Ingersoll-Rand Co.
  • Intel
  • ITT Industries
  • KeyCorp
  • Kmart Corp.
  • Lexmark International Inc.
  • Liz Claiborne Inc.
  • May Department Stores Co.
  • Maytag Corp.
  • McDonald’s Corp.
  • Mellon Financial Corp.
  • Merck Company Foundation
  • Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Mitsubishi International Corp.
  • MJ Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Mobil Corp.
  • Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co, Inc.
  • Mutual of America
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Nike Inc.
  • Nissan North America Inc.
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Office Depot
  • OppenheimerFunds Inc.
  • Paccar Inc.
  • Palm Inc.
  • PepsiCo Foundation P fizer Inc.
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Prudential Financial
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Qwest
  • Radio Shack Corp.
  • Raytheon Co.
  • RBC Dain Rauscher Inc.
  • RealNetworks Inc.
  • Regence BlueShield
  • Russell Investment Group
  • Safeco Corporation
  • Shell Oil Co.
  • Sherwin-Williams Co.
  • Sprint Corp.
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Subaru of America
  • Sun Microsystems Inc.
  • T. Rowe Price Group Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc.
  • Transamerica Corp.
  • Union Bank of California
  • Union Pacific Corp.
  • United Parcel Service
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • Vanguard Group Inc.
  • Verizon Corp.
  • Wachovia Bank, NA
  • Washington Dental Service
  • Washington Mutual
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Weyerhaeuser Co.