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Annual Fund

Your gift to the Annual Fund helps the Nordic Heritage Museum offer the chance to learn and experience Nordic culture in new ways. Admission and membership revenues cover only 43% of the Museum’s budget, and the Annual Fund is an important way to keep our doors open so everyone can have the opportunity to find their place at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Here are just a few ways that your Annual Fund donation can make an impact at the Museum:
• Invite visiting scholars and artists from around the U.S. and the Nordic countries for exhibition openings, presentations and special events
• Welcome over 3,800 school kids from around the region to experience Nordic culture through special docent-led tours, educational programs just for kids, and outreach trunks to use in the classroom
• Offer a wide range of lectures, film showings, family activities, craft programs, artist talks, concerts, cooking classes and more!

When you donate to the Annual Fund, you make it possible to keep the Museum’s calendar full of exciting educational and cultural opportunities for all ages and interests. There truly is a place for everyone at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Here are three easy ways to give today:

• Donate to the Annual Fund securely online here!

• Send a check to the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St., Seattle, WA 98117) with “Annual Fund” in the memo line.

• Call Development Associate Katy Ahrens at 206.789.5707 ext. 33 to donate by credit card or debit card.

Share the Nordic Spirit and consider a tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund today!


Under the extended charitable IRA legislation, if you are age 70½ or older, you can make charitable gifts using funds from your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without undesirable tax effects. For more information, please consult with your tax advisor.

Donations to the Collection

The Nordic Heritage Museum accepts donations of items into its collection from community members.

Read more about donation guidelines and frequently asked questions here.

Capital Campaign

Fjord Hall
The Nordic Heritage Museum is presently housed in a structure built in 1907 and leased from the Seattle School District. Museum leaders have long recognized the need for a new purpose-built facility that will allow the organization to realize its potential as a modern museum and thriving community center. This new facility will not only enhance the Museum's programmatic offerings, but will ensure its future.

In 2009, with the help of gracious donors, the Museum completed the purchase of the future building site on Market Street between 26th Ave NW and 28th Ave NW in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Then, in June 2012, the Board approved the current $45 million Museum plans outlined here.

Key stakeholders including Museum members and Capital Campaign donors came together this summer to hear about our progress in the campaign for a new, permanent home on Market Street. Presentations included information about fundraising activities and plans for the new facility.

The current plan features 53,000 sq. ft. of new purpose-built construction, which will include interactive and immersive core exhibitions, dedicated areas for classrooms and a craft studio, and a state-of-the art auditorium, ideal for presentations and performances. Temporary exhibitions will be presented in a dynamic 4,000 sq. ft. gallery, designed to accommodate world-class exhibitions from the national galleries of the Nordic countries. An additional 4,000 sq. ft. of climate-controlled storage will allow for appropriate stewardship of our important and expanding collection of art and objects.

Plans for the new Nordic Heritage Museum will integrate Nordic sensibility into every aspect of its design, programming, and operations. Core exhibitions will share Nordic and Nordic-American cultural heritage with a wide audience, and the facility will incorporate Nordic ideals such as functional design and environmental sustainability.

Just a few of the highlights:

With our plan of breaking ground in April of 2016 and opening the new Museum in early 2018, and with less than $8M to raise for the entire project, we are at an exciting point in the campaign; with your continued support the new Museum is within our grasp.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Capital Campaign, you can donate online or you can contact Development Director Jan Woldseth Colbrese at janwc@nordicmuseum.org or 206-789-5707, x39.
Capital Campaign Booklet
Programmatic Overview
Capital Campaign - Exhibition Design Fast Facts

Heritage Gifts-The Endowment Fund

A strong endowment fund is crucial to the Museum’s long-range plans. Donations to the Nordic Heritage Museum Endowment, known as “Heritage Gifts,” are an investment in the future excellence of the Museum. A Heritage Gift is added to the endowment principal for investment. The reliability of endowment income allows the Nordic Heritage Museum to plan for the future by ensuring a steady stream of funding for its growing programs and services and the personnel to support them as the Museum grows.

Heritage Gifts provide stable funding for the Museum’s expenditures and affords donors the opportunity to make a lasting contribution. These resources help to ensure that the Museum will continue delivering its mission for generations to come.

You can make a contribution to the Endowment Fund online here.

Planned Giving and the Nordic Legacy Circle

The Nordic Legacy Circle recognizes supporters who have generously included the Nordic Heritage Museum in their estate plans. These planned gifts are essential to the future financial stability of the Museum, supporting the development of exhibits and programs and preserving a heritage that has shaped our community.

Nordic Legacy Circle members Curtis Jacobs and his beloved wife Shirley, who passed away in December 2010, joined the Museum in 1994, becoming involved in all activities of the Finn Room and volunteering at many events such as Viking Days and Yulefest

The more time they spent at the Museum, the more they realized that they wanted to help ensure the future of the Museum. The Jacobs wanted their estate to help support an organization that has provided so many years of friendship, reflection and community involvement. An interest in genealogy was also a key factor in choosing to include the Museum in their estate plans. The Jacobs felt strongly that there needs to be a place for the next generation to understand and appreciate where their ancestors came from and what they have accomplished.

"It is never too early to consider what you might want to do with your estate," said Curtis.

Considering a planned or deferred gift provides a way to "leave a legacy," while also ensuring the Museum's future success.

There are numerous tax-advantaged ways to support the Museum both now and in the future. One of the most common is a bequest, which may include cash, securities, and real estate or other property. The Museum also accepts retirement proceeds and life insurance, and is happy to work with you should you have other wishes. Planned gifts may be directed toward unrestricted use, the Endowment, or specific purposes such as the Capital Campaign, special exhibits, or programs. The exact form may be a bequest, a clause in a will, or perhaps a tax-free distribution from an IRA (for those 70 and one-half years or older).

Members of the Nordic Legacy Circle are recognized in the Annual Report and are invited to attend special events. Members may also choose to have their plans remain anonymous.

If you have already included the Museum in your estate plan, we thank you! Please notify us so that we may recognize you as a member of the Nordic Legacy Circle, and to start receiving benefits of that membership. For additional information about the Nordic Legacy Circle, its benefits, and how to make a planned gift to the Museum, contact Development Director Jan Woldseth Colbrese at janwc@nordicmuseum.org or 206-789-5707, x39.

The Nordic Heritage Museum is a 501 (c) 3 organization, please consult your tax accountant regarding tax deductions.


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