Support & Donate | Museum of Flying

We’re thankful for your support!

Monetary, artifact, in kind donations, and volunteers help us bring aviation history and programs to the public. Your contributions assist the Museum in expanding and develop our exhibits, displays, artifacts, and our aircraft collection. The Museum relies on contributions of general support to ensure the long-term financial independence of the institution.

The Museum of Flying is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to preserve and present the history of aviation as it relates to California, and the many aircraft and aerospace companies that led the way to the growth and development of the aviation and aerospace industries.


Artifact donations

All artifact donations are handled through the Managing Director and Collection Manager’s office. If you have an artifact you think the Museum might be interested in, please submit several photos and a detailed description via email to steve@museumofflying.org. Once the item has been reviewed, we’ll be in contact to get more information, or to setup an appointment to bring the item to the Museum.


Monetary donations

For most donors, monetary contributions to the Museum in the form of cash or check is the easiest way to contribute. Checks should be made payable to the Museum of Flying, and sent to:

Museum of Flying
3100 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405


Other methods of charitable donations might include:

Electronic payments

Using the links below, you are easily contribute via credit or debit card. Not only can you receive the tax deductible contribution, you might also earn rewards points through your bank or credit card provider.

“Points” programs

Many credit card companies allow people to donate their rewards points or other items to non-profit organizations.

Appreciated Stock and other Securities gifts

These methods are an ideal way to provide support to the Museum. Not only may you, as the donor, avoid a capital gains tax liability, you may also receive a tax deduction for the value of the appreciated asset.

As an example, should you choose to make a gift of a stock or security that cost you $10,000 which is now worth $50,000, you may receive that tax benefit for the full $50,000 gift! Be certain to work with a financial advisor for gifts like these, in order to give – and get – the maximum benefit for the Museum, and for yourself. To make contributions through stock or other securities, please contact the Director of Operations, Steve Brenesch at steve@museumofflying.org, and he can provide our brokerage account information.

Gifts of Real Property

The Museum will gladly accept gifts of real property which can include homes, town homes, condominiums, and commercial real estate. Donations of this type take a considerable amount of time and effort to complete. If you are considering a gift of real property, contact the Museum Director for more information.

Gifts of Personal Property

The Museum will accept gifts of personal property which include aircraft, automobiles, boats, and recreational vehicles. The ultimate disposition of donations of this type will be at the sole discretion of the Museum and its Board of Directors.