The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society is a
501 (c)(3) accredited,
not-for-profit organization existing for the purpose of accumulating and disseminating information; providing educational services to the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and preserving maritime culture resources.
As a fully-accredited IRS-approved charitable 501(c)(3) organization, the MEL FISHER MARITIME MUSEUM is legally entitled to seek tax-deductible contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Charitable Giving vs. Earned Revenue
Few, if any, non-profit cultural organizations can financially exist on earned revenue (admissions and gift shop receipts) alone. Therefore, the MEL FISHER MARITIME MUSEUM, like many non-profit organizations, must raise essential operating funds from charitable sources. Donated funds are vital to sustaining the program excellence across our organization.
Ways to Give to the MEL FISHER MARITIME MUSEUM
There are many ways to make contributions to help ensure the Society's financial viability, as outlined below:
Donate now using Paypal
Or, donations can be sent by check or credit card to:
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society
200 Greene Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Membership is the most basic way to support the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritiage Society and Musum. Our members represent over 40 states and 4 countries, and share a committment to history.
Membership to the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society provides an outstanding benefits package, which varies by level. To learn more about membership, or to join, please visit the membership section of our website.
Annual Fund vs. Membership
Many members of the Society ask the question "why does the Society need to ask for charitable contributions above and beyond my regular membership dues?" The answer is simple: if the Society relied on membership dues alone to publish the Navigator, to operate the Museum and the conservation lab, research library, and to offer educational programs to the general public, it would cost the average member $500 per year! The Annual Fund campaign is one way the Society raises charitable contributions to meet the operating expenses of its world-class operation.
Periodically, the Navigator issues contain an Annual Fund return envelope. Also, each fall members receive information in the mail about the Annual Fund. However, the Society welcomes Annual Fund contributions any time of the year! Annual Fund contributions are tax deductible; contact your tax advisor for specifics regarding charitable donations.
If you would like more information, or if you would like to speak with Development Director Candy Pierce-Watson, you can contact her at (305) 294-2633, extension 18.
Endowment Funds at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society
- General Operating Fund: Supports the general operating expenses of the organization, such as educational programs, basic maintenance, utilities, insurance, salaries and benefits.
- Gib Peters Collection Acquisition Fund: Supports preservation and acquisition projects for the museum and library.
For more information on contributing to the Society's endowment, send us an email or call Development Director Candy Pierce-Watson at (305) 294.2633, extension 18.
Tax Deductibility of Contributions:
Contributions to the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society's Annual Fund Campaign and Endowment, as well as gifts made through estate planning, are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. The MEL FISHER MARITIME MUSEUM encourages contributors to consult with their tax advisor regarding the specifics of tax deductibility.
The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society also welcomes matching gifts from contributors' employees or other organizations! If your employer requires forms to be completed by the recipient, enclose them with your contribution.