Support The Mark Twain House
As a nonprofit organization, The Mark Twain House & Museum depends on contributions from donors like you to ensure the preservation of the Clemens family Hartford home for generations to come. Your support also allows us to share our enriching programs, education initiatives, and events with our community.Donate Here
Our collecting mission focuses on objects, documents, images, and ephemera owned by or related to Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, his family, friends, and associates, and his various homes, with special focus on the Hartford home. As we are scrupulous about displaying only authentic period items to help interpret the lives of the Clemens family and their servants, the target date for all of these items is 1881-1891.
Donations added to the museum collection through the generosity of individuals help us fulfill our mission as stewards of Mark Twain’s legacy. If you have an item that you believe would enhance the collections, and you would like to donate it to the museum, please take the time to read our acquisition policies and following our guidelines for proposed donations. This will help make the donation process as smooth as possible for everyone involved.
To help us better assess your proposed donation and how it can contribute to our mission, we ask you to complete and return to us a Donor Information Form, available HERE. Including photographs of the object(s) with your form is also appreciated. Please wait until you hear from us before you bring the item to the museum. The more accurate information you can give us about an item you wish to donate, the better we’ll be able to understand its significance and interpret it for the education of the public.
Please Understand That We Can’t Accept Everything
The museum’s collections deserve the best care we can give them, and yet our resources are limited. We must beware of accepting more objects than we can properly care for. Therefore, we will be most likely to accept your donation for the collection if:
- • it has a clear connection to the museum’s mission,
- • it doesn’t duplicate objects already in the collection; and
- • it is sufficiently well documented that we can interpret it usefully for the public.
Furthermore, not everything we do accept will necessarily go on permanent exhibit. We will not accept donations with exhibition stipulations. Our collections include items used for research and for public education programs, as well as those displayed in the galleries. All of these uses help promote our mission of preservation and education. Finally, all artifact donations must be approved by the Museum’s Collections Committee and then by the Board of Trustees.
Please submit your Donor Information Form and all donation inquiries to Jodi C. DeBruyne, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Director of Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mark Twain House & Museum and its employees cannot appraise item(s) for you. We are not qualified appraisers, and even if we were, the Internal Revenue Services considers such activity by a 501c(3) a conflict of interest, as we are a possible repository for the item(s).
Your artifact donation may be tax-deductible. However, to ensure the appropriate value of your deduction, the piece must be properly appraised. You can obtain references to qualified appraisers through:
The International Society of Appraisers www.isa-appraisers.org
Appraisers Association of America, Inc. www.appraisersassoc.org
American Society of Appraisers www.appraisers.org/find-an-appraiser
Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association www.abaa.org
Other Ways to Donate
Donate by Mail
Send checks to:
The Mark Twain House & Museum
c/o The Development Department
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-4401
Donate by Phone
Call (860) 280-3112
Donate from your Donor Advised Fund
The Mark Twain House & Museum is a non-profit organization, recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Our tax ID number 06-0685118.
Gifting a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)
A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) allows individuals who are 70½ years old or older to donate up to $100,000 total to one or more qualifying charities (such as The Mark Twain House & Museum) directly from a taxable IRA instead of taking their required minimum distributions. For married couples, each spouse can make QCDs up to the $100,000 limit for a potential total of $200,000. The $100,000 per person limit applies to the sum of all QCDs taken from all IRAs in a year. A donor can make one large contribution or several smaller contributions over the course of a calendar year, and can be made from different types of IRAs.
As a result, donors may avoid being pushed into higher income tax brackets and prevent phaseouts of other tax deductions, though there are some limitations. Please consult your financial advisor for more details regarding your particular situation and charitable contribution.