Endowment and Planned Giving

Building Maine's future.
Photo by Olivia Birdsall.

Endowment: Investing in Maine's Future

The Endowment Fund is dedicated exclusively to providing resources for future initiatives in arts, science, culture and early childhood education. It provides a base of support that will make a real and lasting difference for generations to come. An investment in Maine children is an investment in the future of Maine.

Planned Giving: Create a Legacy of Learning

The Museum & Theatre offers a variety of planned giving opportunities that can be tailored to meet your financial and estate-planning needs. By remembering the Museum & Theatre in your will, establishing a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust, or making the Museum & Theatre a beneficiary of your IRA or Life Insurance Policy, you may create a lifetime income stream for you and your family while benefiting from a significant charitable income tax or estate tax deduction. Your planned gift can help grow the organization's endowment or support a specific program.

Why Give to the Endowment?

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine exists and thrives because of philanthropic support. We could not have achieved what we have over the past 35 years without generous support from friends for whom children, education and the arts are top priorities. On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for building on the original foundation of our commitment to families in Greater Portland and beyond. Your support fortifies our organization as we move forward with ambitious goals over the next decade.

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine and its mission are bigger than any of us. Our educational programs impact individuals and families in so many ways: whether through our disabilities awareness program, Kids on the Block; our bullying prevention program, Youth Voices Onstage; gardening and environmental science programs in our Growing Kids Greenhouse; observations in our Camera Obscura; or one of many other educational experiences we offer each day. Your planned gifts will help us maintain this unmatched level of educational excellence for years to come. Thank you for considering putting the Museum & Theatre at the top of your list of planned giving philanthropic priorities.

Give Now

Donate to the Endowment Fund online here

Click here to download the printable Endowment donation form.

To find out more about gifts of securities, planned gifts or bequests, please contact the Development Director at (207) 828-1234 ext. 243 or development@kitetails.org

Gifts of securities and IRA rollovers:

How to give a gift of stock:

Transferring a gift of stock to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is as easy as can be! Just follow one of these two simple steps:
  1. If you have a brokerage account, you may instruct your broker to contact the development office at (207) 828-1234 ext. 243 with the desired amount of stock (with accompanying processing numbers) to be transferred electronically.
  2. If you would like to transfer stock held in your possession, we will arrange to pick up your certificates and proceed with the transfer.
For additional questions or specific information, please contact the Development Director at (207) 828-1234 ext. 243 or development@kitetails.org

IRA Charitable Rollovers:

If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can take advantage of an IRA charitable rollover, making a contribution from your traditional IRA to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine and deducting the gift from your taxable income. Tell your financial advisor or IRA trustee to earmark a contribution to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For additional information about IRA charitable rollovers, please contact your financial advisor.

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