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Your Support Makes The Difference

Donor Levels: Choose Your Level of Support

As a city, we’re in a seminal period where so many choices about our future rely on how we make sense of our past, right now. Fail, and we lose an essential part of ourselves – and our city – that we can’t ever get back.

As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we have an ambitious mission, and we can’t do it alone. Whether you live downtown or in the Lowcountry, if you love Charleston, we welcome your generous, tax-deductible support to preserve Charleston’s rich historical legacy now and forever.

Donate/Renew Now
  • Advocate: $75 – $149
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
  • Artisan: $150 – $249
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
    • 20% retail discount at The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting Street location
    • Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
  • Restorer: $250 – $499
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
    • 20% retail discount
    • Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • 2 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
  • Guardian: $500 – $999
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
    • 20% retail discount
    • Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • 2 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
  • Benefactor: $1,000 – $2,499
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
    • 20% retail discount
    • Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • 2 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • A total of 4 single-use guest passes to either
    • Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • Invitations to Benefactor Tours
  • Steward: $2,500 – $4,999
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
    • 20% retail discount
    • Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • 2 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • A total of 4 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • Invitations to Benefactor Tours
  • Conservator: $5,000 – $9,999
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
    • 20% Retail discount
    • Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • 2 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • A total of 4 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • Invitations to Benefactor Tours
  • Protector: $10,000 +
    • Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household
    • Monthly electronic newsletter
    • Donor listing in annual report
    • Discounted admission to select events
    • 20% Retail discount
    • Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • 2 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • A total of 4 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
    • Invitations to Benefactor Tours

Gifts under $75 are 100% tax deductible as no benefits apply.



Corporate Giving

Corporate support is integral to the vital work of historic preservation and ensuring the quality of life for all parts of our community. As a Historic Charleston Foundation corporate partner, your organization becomes part of a greater preservation and advocacy movement. We invite you to connect to a growing community of donors, historians, academics, public servants, and other organizations through events, advertising and in-kind donations.

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Planned Giving: Granville Bastion Legacy Society

Irrevocable gifts like charitable remainder annuity trusts and unitrusts and revocable gifts like wills, life insurance policies and retirement and pension plans benefit you, your loved ones and Historic Charleston Foundation for a lifetime. Planned gift donors also enjoy lower income, estate and capital gains taxes. Consult your financial advisor, tax advisor or the Foundation’s Philanthropy Office at friends@historiccharleston.org or 843-724-8497 to explore planned giving gifts.

Gifts of marketable securities; bequests and beneficiary designations under Revocable Trusts, life insurance policies and retirement plans; charitable remainder trusts; and charitable lead trusts can benefit you and your loved ones while also providing a long-lasting legacy of support for the Foundation. Consult your financial advisor, tax advisor, CPA or estate planning attorney to consider your own strategy. You are always welcome to call the Foundation’s Philanthropy Office at friends@historiccharleston.org or 843-724-8497 to explore planned giving.

Other benefits of the Granville Bastion Legacy Society include:

  • Recognition during your lifetime for naming Historic Charleston Foundation as a beneficiary
  • Invitations to exclusive recognition events to honor all Granville Bastion Legacy Guild members
  • Recognition as a member of the Granville Bastion Legacy Guild in the Annual Report



Honorary & Memorial Gifts

Celebrate an occasion, remember a loved one or recognize someone special with an honorary or memorial gift to Historic Charleston Foundation. They’re a wonderful way to celebrate those for whom preserving and protecting the architectural, historical and cultural character of Charleston is important. The Foundation acknowledges all gifts by mail, and notifies all gift recipients of your generosity.



Easements

Preservation easements are an essential tool in securing our architectural and historic heritage. A legally binding agreement between the owner of a historic property and Historic Charleston Foundation, easements establish perpetual protection of the property. They also prevent inappropriate changes from being made to historic properties by giving the Foundation the ability to work with current and future owners to safeguard the historic character, materials and significance of the property. Donors that make a "qualified contribution" of an easement are entitled to Federal income tax deductions. HCF proudly holds almost 385 easements and covenants on historic properties throughout Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry. For more information on creating easements, please contact April Wood at 843.723.1623 or awood@historiccharleston.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are grateful for the support of the over 700 volunteers who support us annually by working with our student field trips; our two house museums, including our garden at the Nathaniel Russell House Museum; and with our two largest public education programs, the Charleston Antiques Show and the Festival of Houses and Gardens.


Want to get involved?

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"Men write history in wood, bricks and stone far more graphically and effectively than they write it in books…The house reveals the man as the city reveals the society."

–Henry P. Staats, former HCF Trustee