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Thank you to our supporters who have made a contribution to the AACA Museum, Inc. this year.  We sincerely appreciate your continued support.   Operating a world-class museum requires a lot of help. Thank you for joining us as a partner in this exciting and ongoing journey!    If you haven’t given yet, please consider making a gift to the AACA Museum, Inc.

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Vehicle Donations

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The AACA Museum, Inc. 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 Executive Director 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 giving a vehicle to a general charitable vehicle donation program – you are limited to deducting the resale value only for this type of donation). Also, the AACA Museum accepts vehicles solely for resale purposes as well.

If you have a vehicle you’re interested in donating; we would love to hear from you.

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Donate To Restore A Family Station Wagon. Milton Hershey School Alumni, John Hanawalt, Jim Hanawalt and Rosario “Roy” Sollazzi purchased one of the legendary wagons and donated it to our Museum. This historical vehicle requires extensive restoration to return it to its original condition and burgundy color—thank you for actively supporting our current efforts to recover this important artifact and return it to how it existed while making history and changing lives. We truly appreciate your support. Your gift directly helps saving this station wagon for future generations having the chance to see it.

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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.

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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.

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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 investments 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.

Artifact & Memorabilia Donations

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The AACA Museum accepts small artifacts (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. Also, duplicate items are used as auction items for the Museum’s two annual auctions (Our spring 2nd chance auction and at the AACA Museum Night at the Museum Fund Raising Dinner in October). Contact us to see if the Museum would be interested in your piece of automotive history.

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We’ve compiled a list of items that would assist us in day to day operations.   If you are interested in giving by way of donating a specific item, here are some ideas.

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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.
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