Ways to Give

There are many ways to support Independence Seaport Museum. Whether through a gift to our Annual Fund, endowment support, or as a corporate member, it’s easy to include the Museum in your philanthropic plans. Every gift supports our mission to deepen the understanding, appreciation, and experience of our region’s waterways through history, science, art, and experiences on the water.

To learn more about any of the giving opportunities below, please call our Development Department at 215-413-8626 or email us at development@phillyseaport.org.

Payment Methods:

Make a secure gift online via this form

By Phone:
Call the Development Office at 215-413-8626  

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

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

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 to eligible businesses that make contributions to Independence Seaport Museum's educational improvement programs.

To apply for the EITC program, visit the EITC website and download the business application guide. To learn more about directing a gift from your business for the EITC program, please contact our Development department at 215-413-8617 or by email at development@phillyseaport.org.

Matching Gifts
Double your impact with an employer’s matching gift program! Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Contact your company's personnel office to find out how you can take advantage of this generous program.

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 us for more information. 

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Gifts to the Museum's Collections
Share long-lost stories with the public by making a gift to Independence Seaport Museum’s historic collections. Curatorial gift proposals are reviewed based on a number of considerations including the object's relevance to the Museum's scope, historical significance, overlap with existing artifacts, physical condition, and storage requirements. Due to the depth of review, this process may take up to six weeks. Accepted gifts will receive a receipt and formalized deed of gift to complete the gift process.

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.