Ways to Donate

The National Coast Guard Museum will be a lasting tribute to those who have sacrificed for our nation. We have come far in making the National Coast Guard Museum a reality, but our mission is not yet completed. Many individuals, along with corporations and foundations, have contributed to this campaign, but there is much more work to be done to reach our ultimate goal of creating a truly world-class center for Coast Guard men and women, their families and all Americans. Your support is integral; please join us in bringing Coast Guard history to life!

Individual Support:

IRA Charitable Rollover

One of the most popular ways to make a gift to charity, the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) charitable rollover offers individuals age 70.5 a wonderful option for supporting the National Coast Guard Museum while enjoying significant tax savings. Join others donors today in taking advantage of this benefit by transferring up to $100,000 tax-free directly from your IRA before Dec. 31. Call (860) 443-4200 or email ddegnan@coastguardmuseum.org for more information.

Barque EAGLE Society

As a “Barque EAGLE Society” member, your total contribution of $10,000, payable over a five-year period, will make a substantial impact in creating a museum designed to complement Southeastern Connecticut’s National, State, and local Historic and Tourism opportunities.  Upon commissioning of the museum, Barque EAGLE Society members will participate in Museum events as ‘Maritime Ambassadors’ to welcome visiting operational Coast Guard, Navy and historic vessels from around the world.  In addition, you will receive a limited-edition giclée print of the United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE created by famed Coast Guard artist Tony Falcone of Prospect, Connecticut.  Each image comes signed by the artist and ready for immediate hanging by the donor.  For more information, or to make a donation or pledge, please contact the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. at (860) 443-4200.


One of the many prestigious designations that can be bestowed upon an individual in maritime service is that of “Plankowner.” In nautical terms, a Plankowner is any individual who served as a member of the original crew comprised to build and commission a new vessel. The origin of the phrase denotes that this individual was actively engaged when the ship was being constructed, and served in the unit when fully commissioned and placed into service. As a member of the original crew, an individual earns the enduring title, “Plankowner.” Click here to learn more.

Matching Gifts

Did you know that matching gifts can double the impact of your donation? Companies big, small, and everything in between match gifts. Most programs are not only generous about giving money, but are willing to donate to a broad spectrum of organization types.

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If you do not see your company listed, please check with your human resources department to see if your company has a matching gifts program.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. Some companies will also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Please contact us with any questions about matching gifts at (860) 443-4200 or info@coastguardmuseum.org

One-Time Donation

Click here to support the National Coast Guard Museum with a one-time monetary gift.


Your thoughtful donation is a meaningful way to honor someone special while also offering a lasting tribute to the courageous men and women of the United States Coast Guard and their legacy. It is an investment in the National Coast Guard Museum and contributes to the preservation and celebration of the American Spirit. Please consider honoring your hero for:

  • Recognition of Military Service
  • Personal Memorial
  • Graduation
  • Anniversary
  • Retirement
  • Birthday
  • Holiday
  • Congratulations

Pay tribute to your hero and give a gift now.

Planned Giving

Did you know there are creative ways to support the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc.? Ways in which you, the Museum, and your loved ones all benefit at the same time? Such giving techniques are called “planned gifts,” because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions for you and the National Coast Guard Museum.  Click here to learn more.

Corporate Support:

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA) has appreciated the generosity of corporations and foundations enabling us to take the next steps in engaging the services of architects, engineers, and museum designers. Corporate support through sponsorship, cause-marketing initiatives, in-kind and philanthropic donations is vital to advancing the mission of the NCGMA. For more information, contact the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. at (860) 443-4200.