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Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of a fantastic day of giving – an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we genuinely believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the broader community. We need your help!

Please join our campaign and help us raise dollars and awareness for the AACA Museum, Inc. preserving and presenting the country’s automotive history for the years to come.  We need you to tell your friends and family members about our museum and the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.  By giving through this program, your dollars will go further as there are stretched dollars available to all program participants based upon a percentage of their donations.

Get ready to give! On November 16th, starting at 12 AM on November 16, visit https://www.extragive.org/organizations/aaca-museum-inc and donate to us and any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in Central PA. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59 PM on November 16.

Questions?
If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know.

Jeffrey Bliemeister
Executive Director
717-566-7100 ext. 102
JBliemeister@AACAMuseum.org

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!

The AACA Museum, Inc. at Hershey has a four-star rating on charity navigator enabling you to give with confidence.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.

 

Help support the AACA Museum, Inc. on #GivingTuesday this year.    Our dedication to preserving and presenting motor vehicle history for future generations depends upon the generosity of our community to keep these vehicles along with their stories alive for future generations.

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The AACA Museum, Inc. is proud to have earned a coveted 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded AACA Museum four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that AACA Museum, Inc. adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please click on the logo above to review our four-star rating.

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Vehicle Donations

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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 Collections Coordinator and Development Manager 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 solely for resale purposes as well.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Artifact & Memorabilia Donations

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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.

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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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