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What are Donor-Advised Funds?

Donor-Advised Funds allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction and then recommend grants from the fund over time. 

Grants made to the High Desert Museum through Donor-Advised Funds can be designated in one of two ways:

* for the Museum to use wherever the need is greatest
* for the Museum to use for a specific thematic area that matches the donors’ interests, such as education, wildlife or access programs

Clients of BNY Mellon, Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable can make a designation through the DAF Direct window on this page.

If you do not have a Donor-Advised Fund, you should consider contacting your financial advisor to learn more about establishing one. We also encourage grantors to name the High Desert Museum as a “successor-in-interest,” designating a percentage of your charitable giving account to support the Museum in perpetuity. You will need to contact the public charity that holds your account (BNY Mellon, Fidelity or Schwab) to accomplish this.

Why the High Desert Museum?

Thanks to your generous support, the High Desert Museum has offered inspiring exhibitions, programs, wildlife encounters and art that connect visitors to the natural beauty and human ecology of the High Desert region for 40 years. Your donation helps educate future generations with unforgettable learning experiences that are not available anywhere else.

Giving feels good, and it’s tax deductible. The High Desert Museum is a 501(c)3 and it’s easy to donate online. Donations of any amount are deeply appreciated. If you have any questions about donor-advised funds, please call Senior Donor Relations Manager Megan Kantrim at (541) 382-4754 ext. 332, email her at or contact Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., at (541) 382-4754 ext. 326 or email her at

The High Desert Museum’s tax ID is 51-0179336.

Our Mission

The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

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