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Building an Endowment

"The Endowment is the foundation we stand on. It's the basis for planning. If we want a powerful education model and great exhibits, we have to commit to expenditures three years out. An Endowment is needed to bring our visions to reality—and to be our best."
—Jack Wheatley, Former Member of The Tech Museum of Innovation Board of Directors
Building an Endowment is critical to the future of The Tech Museum of Innovation's education programs and services - making a difference today and in years to come.
The Tech Endowment supports educational exhibitions and programs that reach millions of students, teachers, and families of all ages and economic backgrounds. People from our community, across the nation, and around the world enjoy interactive exhibits, exciting floor programs, and stimulating classes and workshops.
The Endowment provides a critical base of support, building The Tech's financial capacity and securing its future throughout economic cycles. 

Investing in the Future

Investments in The Tech Endowment ensure that today's families and future generations have the opportunity to explore new technologies while developing their own creativity and career potential. Investments in the Endowment can be made by:
  • Gifts of stock or other appreciated assets
  • Outright gifts of cash
  • Gifts made in memory of special friends and loved ones
  • Planned gifts in the form of bequests and trusts
The Tech Endowment is currently valued at $13.7 million and approximately 92% is invested with CommonFund. A team of experienced business representatives of the Board of Directors review its management and make recommendations to the full Board regarding Endowment policy.
"Bringing my grandchildren, I learn more and more about the museum and technology. Each time we visit, I come to appreciate and love the miracle of this museum."
—Yvonne Erdman, Grandparent and Former Member of The Tech Museum of Innovation Board of Directors
For more information on The Tech Endowment, please send an email to Jessica Christie, Director of Individual Giving, at or call 408-795-6328.