Ways to Give

There are many ways to support Independence Seaport Museum, including: 

Gifts of Stock 
When you make a gift of appreciated stock, your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the stock. For stock transfer instructions, please contact Emily O’Rourke, Director of Donor Engagement, at 215-413-8617 or eorourke@phillyseaport.org

Matching Gifts 
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. The impact of your gift to the Museum may be doubled or possibly tripled! Contact your company's personnel office for more information. 

Shop AmazonSmile here, or choose Independence Seaport Museum as your charitable organization and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Independence Seaport Museum. 

Planned Giving 
Please contact Emily O'Rourke at 215-413-8617 or eorourke@phillyseaport.org about making a planned gift to the Museum in your estate. 

Gifts to the Museum's Collections 
If you are interested in donating a collections gift, please send an image of the object and a brief description to: 

Craig Bruns, Chief Curator 
Independence Seaport Museum 
211 S. Columbus Blvd. 
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Curatorial gift proposals are reviewed based on a number of considerations, including the object's relevance to the Museum's collecting scope, historical significance, whether or not the object would duplicate an existing artifact, physical condition, and storage requirements. Generally, the review process takes up to six weeks. If a gift is accepted, the Museum will issue a receipt and formalized deed of gift to complete the gift process. 

Independence Seaport Museum is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The EITC awards tax credits of 75 percent of a contribution (up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year) to eligible business that make contributions to Independence Seaport Museum's approved educational improvement programs. Tax credits can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive years.  

How to apply: 

  • Visit EITC website 
  • Download the business application guide 
  • Complete the Single Application for Assistance by July 1 (May 15 for renewing businesses)

Maritime Day
Looking for information about Maritime Day sponsorship? Click here for sponsorship information, and here to make your donation.

Payment Methods 

Make a secure gift online here

By Check: 
Mail your check payable to Independence Seaport Museum to: 

Independence Seaport Museum 
Development Office 
211 S. Columbus Blvd. 
Philadelphia, PA 19106

By Phone: 
Call the Development Office at 215-413-8617