Donations, Planned Giving, Bequests


  • Planned Giving and Bequests

  • Donations, Memorials, and Tribute Gifts

  • Donating to the Collections


Your donation to the McConnell Museum will greatly help us in achieving our goal of creating a lasting monument to the many heroes of aviation and the planes they flew. You will be contributing not only to the museum building itself, but also to the quality of exhibits, programs and collections and support a wide range of Museum programs, events and services. Gifts to the McConnell Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Make your gift to the McConnell Museum today and help us continue to share the extraordinary life of aviation.

Planned Giving and Bequests

The James R. McConnell Museum relies on private support to build the museum, its collections, and to meet the cost of its diverse services to the public. Donors to the Museum are part of a long tradition of American philanthropy that has made recreational, educational, and memorial endeavors such as this, for today and future generations to enjoy. Donors also may receive significant tax incentives or financial benefits. Methods of giving differ with respect to what is given, how it is given, and the tax or financial planning benefits of making the gift.


A bequest to James R. McConnell Museum is not subject to federal or state inheritance and estate taxes. The value of the bequest is deductible in determining the taxable estate for estate tax purposes, and there is no limit on the amount of deduction.

Types of bequests include unrestricted cash bequests, restricted cash bequests, specific bequests of property and residual bequests. A will is essential if you wish to make a bequest to James R. McConnell Museum and an attorney should be consulted. The McConnell Museum will be glad work with you and your attorney.

Donations, Memorials, and Tribute Gifts

Donations of Cash

Gifts of cash are the simplest, most common way to make a contribution to McConnell Museum. Immediately effective and simple to give, this contribution is deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional tax years

Donations of Securities or Real Estate

Gifts of stock, bonds, mutual funds and real estate that have been owned longer than 12 months and have appreciated in value present a great gift opportunity. Benefits include an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional tax years, and capital gains taxes are eliminated on contributed securities or real estate.

Tribute and Memorial Donations

Tributes and Memorial donations can be made in honor of a friend or family member. The honored individual (or family) will receive an acknowledgement that a gift has been made in their honor.

Donating to the Collections

Donate to Our Collections

The McConnell Museum accepts and greatly appreciates donations of items and artifacts connected with James R. McConnell, noteworthy pilots, planes, and aviation in general, and/or particularly to the history of the Sandhills region of North Carolina.

Some of the things the museum collects would be:

  • Photographs

  • Books and Periodicals

  • Maps

  • Architectural Drawings

  • Memorial Plaques related to Local pilots and/or their Aircraft

  • Aviation Related Uniforms, Equipment, Parts, or memorabilia

  • *Actual Planes, Full Size, Models, and Replicas (see note below)

If you have a special document or photograph that you really want to keep but would like to share it with the museum - we can copy your photographs, documents, maps, etc., (subject to any copyright restrictions) to make them available to researchers and you can keep the original.

* Note: The donation or loan of Actual, Model, or Replica Aircraft is always welcome. Please contact the Museum Director for information.


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You Can Help!
Thinking about spring cleaning??
Instead of throwing away your unneeded/unwanted items, how about donating them to our
annual yard sale. We are in
need of most saleable items –
but please no clothing, TV
sets or computers.
We would appreciate any antiques, collectibles, furniture, household items, art, small appliances, electronic items, radios, kitchen items, tools, automotive, home décor,
knick-knacks, yard items,
 old books and magazines,
holiday items and/or what
 have you.
Please call for directions on
where to bring your donations,
or to arrange free pick-up of
 larger items.

Call (910) 695-5216


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