Donations, Endowment, and Memorials

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Mower County Historical Society depends on contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations to keep operating. Donations can be designated for a specific function (for example the research library, artifact conservation, education program, etc.), it can be undesignated and placed in the general fund to cover operating expenses. All memorials received by the organization are placed in the Memorial Fund, which is used only to aid in offsetting costs of large projects. Please consider making a donation to MCHS. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Want to make a donation? You can do so via* . Click on the button to donate directly to MCHS!

*Please note that a portion of your donation will go to as part of its processing fee.


An endowment is an established fund that is invested to create a steady stream of annual income. This supports our efforts and allows our endowment to grow and become a permanent legacy of support for our work. Your gift will be maintained in perpetuity and make a lasting, meaningful difference. The MCHS endowment is held by the Austin Area Foundation. They provide several ways to support our fund.

  • Direct gifts (cash, check, credit card, or transfer of stock and other assets through the Austin Area Foundation )
  • Bequests (gift through your will or trust)
  • Charitable Gift Annuity and Charitable Remainder Trust

Interested in donation towards the MCHS Endowment Fund? Please contact MCHS or the Austin Area Foundation (507-434-7494) for more information!


When sending a memorial to MCHS, please include the name of the person whom the memorial is for, as well as the name and address of the family whom you wish to have acknowledgment of your gift sent to.

In-Kind Donations

MCHS takes monetary gifts, gifts of services, materials, and labor. Please check below for a list of items we always need. These help to offset office supply costs.

  • Reams of letter sized (8 1/2×11) paper-white and colored
  • Reams of 11×17 paper-white
  • Reams of letter sized (8 1/2 x11) card stock paper-white and colored
  • Avery 5160 Easy Peel White Mailing Labels
  • Stamps
  • Power Strips
  • Heavy duty extension cords

These types of donations are tax deductible as well!

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