Remember someone who appreciated railroading during his or her lifetime with a memorial gift to the Museum. Your tribute will be recognized with a letter sent to the family or friends you designate.
Make a Memorial Donation
Honor a loved one by making a donation to help preserve railroading history. The honoree will be sent a card in the mail notifying them that you have made a give in their name.
Make a Tribute Donation
The California State Railroad Museum established the Collis P. Huntington Legacy Society for individuals who have made estate plans to name the CSRM Foundation in their will, trust, or other estate planning vehicle. Membership is automatic once the Foundation has been notified of the donors commitment to support the Foundation in their estate plans. We look forward to getting to know Society members through special events, visits, newsletters and more. We are grateful to these generous donors who help to maintain a strong and vibrant Museum by leaving a legacy for future generations.
Donors contemplating future estate gifts are encouraged to contact our Development Department at [email protected] or (916)445-8255 for additional information.
Major Donor recognition is available for individuals and corporations with cumulative giving at the following levels:
- Theodore Judah Circle $1,000,000 and above
- Empire Builders Circle $250,000 – $999,999
- Railroad Magnates Circle $100,000 – $249,999
- Railroad Barons Circle $25,000 – $99,999
- Railroad Founders Circle $10,000 – $24,999
- Railroad Presidents Circle $5,000 – $9,999
For more information about Major Giving opportunities please contact the California State Railroad Museum Foundation at 916-445-5995 or email us
Donate Your Collection
The California State Railroad Museum welcomes donations. The Museum’s Collections are primarily the result of the gifts of many individual and corporate donors. The Museum makes additions to the collections primarily by donation and more than 95 percent of the present collection is the result of gifts from more than 2,000 donors since the Museum’s inception in 1976. Each year families, collectors, and companies select the California State Railroad Museum as the permanent repository for their railroad photographs, books, manuscripts, and artifacts. The Museum Library has a distinguished record for acquiring, organizing, preserving and making available collections of photographic and documentary materials. Learn more.
When a proposed gift contains considerable duplicate or out-of-field materials, Museum Staff may suggest that the item(s) be donated to the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization charted to assist the Museum as a California State Parks Cooperating Association. The Foundation exists to support the exhibits and programs of the Museum.
The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. Contributions to the Museum Foundation are also deductible for federal and state income tax purposes. The Foundation has its own Deed of Gift form. The Foundation Deed of Gift specifically advises donors that they are making “an unrestricted, unconditional gift to the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Inc., to be retained, used, or disposed of in any manner and for any purpose deemed appropriate, including, but not limited to, being traded or sold.”
The Museum Foundation does not independently collect. Donated surplus and out-of-field materials are discretely placed or exchanged with recognized dealers to the benefit of the Museum’s permanent collections.
From roads to rails, donate your vehicle to preserve railroad history!
The CSRM Foundation is proud to partner with Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) to provide an easy way to donate your vehicle and help keep history alive! Free towing is available throughout the U.S. and your vehicle does not need to be in running condition. All that is needed is the vehicle title and IAA will handle the rest. You will receive a tax letter for your generous contribution and the CSRM Foundation will receive a percentage of the donation.
To begin the process of donating your vehicle click here or contact IAA directly at (888) 205-3420.
Schedule a free ewaste pick up to support the Museum
The CSRM Foundation is proud to partner with eWaste4good, a company that specializes in the removal and recycling of electronic waste items. Visit their website www.ewaste4good.com to schedule a free pick up and designate for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation to receive a percentage of the proceeds.
Clearing out your clutter while also supporting a great cause -it doesn't get better than that!