The Annual Fund benefits all activities which help meet the Discovery Center’s mission. These unrestricted funds support general operations and overall fiscal expectations. Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the KeysDiscovery.com website.
Keys History & Discovery Center Presents… is a popular and well-attended lecture series featuring renowned authors, professors and scientists. Donations offset speaker honorariums, marketing and costs associated with virtual platform and equipment needs. We are seeking one series title sponsor, three season sponsors and individual lecture sponsors.
Series Title Sponsor: One at $10,000
Season Sponsors: Three at $5,000 (Fall secured, Winter and Spring available)
Lecture Sponsors: 14 at $500 (14 secured, 0 available)
Curator Connections program offerings resulted from the Spring 2020 extended stay-at-home order and feature Cocktails with the Curator and Community Views. Curator Brad Bertelli added to the program line-up in Fall 2020 with Florida Keys Stories, through which he shares exclusive material for our members monthly via e-mail. Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the KeysDiscovery.com website.
Jerry Wilkinson Research Library
The Jerry Wilkinson Research Library is attracting scholars, researchers and amateur genealogists. The long-term goal is to provide digital access to each document and photo; the short-term goal is to enter each group of materials into a user-friendly catalog allowing researchers to explore topics of interest in an organized fashion. Your gift supports subscription requirements, archival supplies, furnishings and the work of trained librarians and archivist. Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the KeysDiscovery.com website and within the Research Library.
The Anchor Exhibit is a permanent exhibit featuring a 18th century anchor, salvaged by Art McKee in the 1940s from the wreck of the El Infante, part of the 1733 New Spain fleet wrecked during a hurricane off Key Largo. Recently restored, it is on long-term loan from the Mel Fisher Museum. Donations support exhibit development, installation and maintenance. Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the KeysDiscovery.com website and within the exhibit.
Fundraising Goal: $15,000.
Caroenas Cuban Boat Exhibit
The Caroenas Cuban Boat Exhibit is a permanent exhibit outside of the Discovery Center. Completing the project includes adding interpretive storyboards exploring the reasons and realities of the attempted crossing of the hazardous stretch of water separating Cuba from the United States. Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the KeysDiscovery.com website and within the exhibit.
Fundraising Goal: $10,000.
The Keys History & Discovery Center’s 35 seat theater features state-of-the-art 4K technology and stunning color, sound and design. Numerous naming opportunities exist to have your name, or those of your loved ones, as a lasting tribute in this exciting and unique theater. Gifts to the theater provide significant support to offset the costs of development and ongoing operations of the space.
You can make a tribute gift to the Keys History & Discovery Center in the name of a family member, friend or colleague. Celebrate a special person in your life or honor someone’s memory in a thoughtful and lasting way by giving to any fund or exhibit. Please select a “Click here to donate now…” link for your chosen fund or exhibit above and indicate the type of tribute and name on honoree on the form.
Additional Ways to Give
Individual Retirement Account (IRA): For those over 70½, use your required minimum distribution from your IRA to make gifts directly to the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation.
Stock Transfer: Gift of stocks can be made through TD Ameritrade. Details below.
FBO Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 2209
Omaha, NE 68103-2209
Endowment gifts allow you to make a long-term impact on the Keys History & Discovery Center. These funds are invested and sustain the organization in perpetuity. The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation maintains the Meeks Endowment which accepts gifts in the form of cash, checks, wire transfers and security transfers of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.
Legacy giving, or identifying the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference.
Yes, I believe in the importance and value of preserving and sharing the unique history and ecology of the Florida Keys and want to provide long-term support! For more information on planned giving options please click here or contact Executive Director Jill Miranda Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-922-2237.
Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. State of Florida registration number: CH38469. EIN: 46-1936911.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.