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How to Make a Gift  Tribute Gifts  Matching Gifts  Ways to Give  View Your Giving History


How to Make a Gift

Make a gift on the Athenæum's secure and convenient online giving site.

Make a Gift by mail: Download, complete, and mail a completed gift form to the address below.  Email to request a postage-paid envelope.

Membership and Development Office
Boston Athenaeum
10½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Make a gift in person or by phone: The Membership and Development Office at (617) 720-7604.

The Boston Athenæum is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization (tax ID number 04-2104852).

All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Donors will receive a receipt acknowledging that no goods or services are provided in exchange.

Tribute Gifts

Memorial and Tribute Gifts are a powerful way to honor or remember someone special in your life. To direct family and friends to make gifts to the Boston Athenæum in lieu of flowers, the following is suggested wording for an obituary or other tribute:

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Boston Athenæum's Annual Fund in memory of {deceased name}.  Checks may be mailed to the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Online gifts are accepted at

When a gift is made in honor or memory, a letter is sent to that person or his/her family.  In addition, the donors and honoree of a Tribute gift are recognized in the Athenæum's annual report, unless otherwise noted.

Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts are an easy way to double or even triple your contribution to the Athenæum.  Your employer may match a percentage of your contributions to the Athenæum. Contact your employer's human resources office or the Athenæum's Membership and Development Office to find out if you are eligible.

Ways to Give

Cash Gifts

Cash gifts can be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, personal checks, cashier’s checks or money orders made payable to the Boston Athenæum. Wire transfers can also be arranged by contacting the Membership and Development Office.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds can be made through our representatives at Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge. Please notify our financial analyst, listed below, of the type and number of stock or securities that you wish to give, as well as how the funds should be directed (where funds are needed most, tribute, pledge payment, specific program/area, etc.). Our financial analyst will provide you with the information you and your broker will need to initiate the transfer.

James Doogan
Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge
(617) 622-2231
Gifts of Personal Property

Gifts of personal property, including works of art, rare books, and other items of demonstrable value may be accepted. Please contact the Membership and Development Office for more information.

Endowment Gifts

Endowment gifts are especially appreciated as the interest generated from endowed funds continues to provide income for the program(s) toward which they are directed in perpetuity. A minimum of $25,000 is needed to create a fully endowed fund; however, the endowment can be built over a period of time.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts, such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, and charitable trusts, are great ways to plan for your future and the Athenæum's. Visit our planned giving site to learn more about how you can include the Athenæum in your financial and estate plans, or contact the Membership and Development Office.

View Your Giving History

Want to view your past giving history? Log in (or create a new profile) here.  Note that if you create a new profile it will take up to one business day for your information to fully sync.  Copies of past gift receipts can be furnished upon request from the donor.