The AACA Museum was built and established through a strong legacy of philanthropic support. It is only through the numerous contributions of many automotive enthusiasts that the Museum has reached its current level of excellence. To all donors, past, present and future – thank you.Donate Now!
The AACA Regions & Chapters Education Center is undergoing a renovation that will better utilize the space to achieve the optimum guest experience. The new space will open up new educational and rental opportunities for clients and guests alike. The revitalized area will still celebrate the value and impact of the AACA and AACA Regions & Chapters using interactive information boards that appeal across all audiences. The new space will expose more guests and further our community outreach and impact. This new Education Center contains the latest cutting-edge technology necessary to follow the modern standards driving experiential and hands-on learning curriculum. More details on the project to come!
The AACA Museum has built its antique automobile collection entirely through the generous contributions of many thoughtful collectors. To date, the Museum has not purchased a single vehicle and has received over 175 vehicle donations.
The vehicle donation process typically begins with a review of photographs supplied by the donor and then progresses through an on-site inspection, appraisal and the arrangement of transportation. The Museum’s Curator and Director of Development work with donors during the entire process to ensure a seamless transaction. Furthermore, as an automotive museum, donors are typically permitted to deduct the full fair market value of the vehicle being donated (this is no longer true when donating a vehicle to a general charitable vehicle donation program – you are limited to deducting the resale value only for this type of donation). In addition, the AACA Museum accepts vehicles soley for resale purposes as well.
The Capital Fund is used to reduce the Museum’s remaining construction debt. It is funded primarily through the Home Stretch Campaign – the current initiative to retire the Museum’s remaining $1.25M of construction debt. Elimination of this debt will free up funds in the operating budget by removing debt service fees and also open the possibilities for future expansion and other new initiatives. Naming opportunities are still available for capital donations. Request a list of available naming opportunities to learn more.
The Operating Fund is the lifeblood of the Museum. As many loyal AACA Museum supporters know, ticket sales, gift shop revenue and special events do not completely cover the costs of operating a world-class automotive museum. Thankfully the Operating Fund closes this gap and ensures the sustainability of current programs. This funding maintains the Museum’s impressive vehicle collection, sustains its Education Program, provides necessary supplies and keeps the lights on.
The Endowment Fund provides long-term sustainable income for the AACA Museum. Donations to this fund are invested for perpetuity and only the interest on these investements is spent. The interest becomes a part of the operating budget and therefore funds items similar to the Operating Fund. Making a donation to the Endowment Fund is a way of perpetuating your support for the Museum since the actual gift will never be spent. Due to this fact, all memorial, planned and deferred gifts are designated to the Endowment Fund.
Special Project Funds are occasionally created to seek additional funding for initiatives that will not be funded by the operating budget in the near future. These funds often focus on improvements to current exhibitions or the creation of new exhibits and displays.Donate Now!
Artifact & Memorabilia Donations
The AACA Museum accepts small artificats (e.g. driving suits, car models, etc.) and pieces of automotive memorabilia (e.g. car badges, meet posters, etc.) on a case-by-case basis. These items are rotated through the Museum’s display cases. In addition, duplicate items are used as auction items for the Museum’s two annual auctions (at the AACA Annual Meeting in February and at the AACA Museum Fund Raising Dinner in October). Contact us to see if the Museum would be interested in your piece of automotive history.