Individual donors support Historic Charleston Foundation’s mission to preserve the architecture, history and culture of Charleston and its Lowcountry environs. All gifts play a significant role in Charleston's future by helping to preserve its past as Historic Charleston Foundation continues to lead the nation in developing cutting-edge preservation initiatives. Contributions make a critical difference, whether they are used for repair and maintenance on our house museums, educational programming, helping the Foundation to respond quickly to preservation issues, or protecting Charleston's architectural treasures through the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.
You can donate through our Friends program, give an honor/memorial gift for a loved one, donate easements on historic properties, or create a legacy for the future through planned gifts as a member of the Granville Bastion Legacy Society. If you have questions or would like assistance in making a donation, please contact the Philanthropy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.720.1183.
BECOME A FRIEND
Advocate: $75 – $149
Artisan: $150 – $249
Restorer: $250 – $499
Guardian: $500 – $999
Benefactor: $1,000 – $2,499
Steward: $2,500 – $4,999
Conservator: $5,000 – $9,999
Protector: $10,000 +
Donor Benefits (Effective 01.01.17)
Gifts under $75 are 100% tax deductible as no benefits apply.
All gifts from individuals at $75 and above receive:
•Unlimited admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House Museum for 2 adults and children under 18 in household (a $56 value)
•Donor listing in annual report
•Discounted admission to select events
All gifts from individuals at $150 and above also receive:
•20% Retail discount
•Invitations to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
All gifts from individuals at $500 and above also receive:
•2 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums (each a $12 value)
All gifts from individuals at $1,000 and above also receive:
•A total of 4 single-use guest passes to either Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House Museums
•Invitations to Benefactor Tours
More About the Granville Bastion Legacy Society
There are a variety of ways that individuals may support Historic Charleston Foundation through planned giving: irrevocable gifts that provide life income to donors, such as charitable remainder annuity trusts and unitrusts; and revocable gifts that include wills, life insurance policies, and retirement and pension plans. Contact your financial advisor or the Foundation’s Philanthropy Office at email@example.com or 843-724-8497 for detailed information on planned giving and its benefits to you as well as to Historic Charleston Foundation. Some of the benefits 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
Celebrate a significant occasion, remember a loved one, commemorate a milestone or recognize someone special with an honorary or memorial gift Historic Charleston Foundation. Honorary and memorial gifts are a wonderful way to give tribute to family members, friends, or colleagues and their enthusiasm for preserving and protecting the architectural, historical and cultural character of Charleston. The recipient will, of course, be notified of your thoughtful gift.
All gifts will be formally acknowledged by mail, and recipients of honorary or memorial gifts will receive a notification of your gift.
BECOME A FRIEND
A preservation easement is a legal agreement between the owner of a historic property and Historic Charleston Foundation that establishes perpetual protection for the property. An easement allows a homeowner to prevent inappropriate changes from being made to a historic properties by giving Historic Charleston Foundation the ability to work with current and future owners to safeguard the historic character, materials and significance of the property. Learn more.