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What you can do

In addition to funds we may receive from Federal and State grant assistance, Museum Africa needs the help of its members and others to assure that the story of Africa's ancient past and the people who lived through it is told to future generations, especially the children of African ancestry. Museum Africa, in addition to exhibits, will include classroom space and comfortable year-round areas for teaching and learning. Your dollars can bring this dream to reality.

Completion of the museum and library

By the summer of 2016, we anticipate the completion of the 300,000 sq. ft. Museum Africa complex. To accomplish this, your help and/or dollars are required! Funds are needed for bricks and mortar, steel, glass, and other construction material. This state-of-the-art facility provides for a theater, lecture hall, scores of computers and research devices, a restaurant, book store, and an arboretum that divides the museum and library and also functions as a mini-conservatory and botanical garden.

Telling the fascinating history of ancient African Civilizations

Funds are also needed to underwrite scholarships for dedicated students of African archaeology, history and linguistics. In addition, we need funds for costuming costs for living history programs for the Museum campus, and matching funds for the cost of exhibits, collection of books and artifacts, archaeological digs in Africa, and for our signage program. Donors to the signage program will receive recognition on permanent, colorful, all-weather metal placards.

Archive and Curatorial Section

Reaching our goal will result in the construction of a curatorial and archive center with office space to house Museum management, genealogical services, and an up-to-date archival facility. The Museum and Library structure itself will, of course, house the extensive photographic, document, and artifact holdings of Museum Africa, while providing an up-to-date curatorial shop for preparing new exhibits and restoration of artifacts.

Ways to give

The way that you can help our cause and give to the Museum Africa Capital Campaign will be based on the size of your gift and your financial situation. Staff at Museum Africa Foundation, in particular our Development Director, will be glad to assist you in planning the type of contribution that make the most sense for you. All gifts to Museum Africa are tax deductible and may qualify for an Illinois Tax Credit.

Gifts of Cash

Give a one-time cash contribution or make a multi-year pledge with scheduled payments that are in synch with your budget. Checks are to be made payable to Museum Africa to qualify for the Illinois Tax Credit.

Appreciated Securities

There are distinct tax advantages for the giving of appreciated securities to our capital campaign. A generous income tax deduction is allowed for the full market value of the securities, and the donor does not pay tax on the appreciation.

Planned Gifts and Bequests

If you are interested in making a bequest or other deferred gift to the Museum Africa Capital Campaign, please contact the office at 312-878-6402, ext. 811.

Your support is important to us as we dedicate ourselves to making 2013 our strongest year yet!

But first things first. None of the above is possible if we cannot keep our doors open. To paraphrase the old Chinese proverb about the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, the goal of $5,000 to keep our doors open begins with the first $5.00 USD minimum donation. Thank you.

Use of $50 million funds

  • $40 million           Construction of main building
  • $5 million             Acquisition of collections
  • $100,000             Living History Program
  • $3 million             Exhibits
  • $1 million             Archive/Curatorial Center
  • $500,000             Disablities Access
  • $400,000.00        Landscaping and sculptures