How You Can Support the West Des Moines Historical Society

The West Des Moines Historical Society encourages your support to assist our volunteer efforts, education, preservation and celebration of the history and heritage of West Des Moines. Your gifts will make a difference in the community and provide much needed funds to support our operations. 

There are may ways you can support us: 

Donating by check, online or by bank transfer may be the quickest and most convenient way to give. Donors contributing with credit cards may add a percentage to cover processing fees.

Transferring stocks offers the opportunity to save on capital gains and income taxes and allows you to deduct the value of the stock at current market rates regardless of your original purchase price. 

Please consider asking your employer if they offer matching gifts. 

Employers providing Matching Gifts:

AbbVie Employee Engagement FundAce American Insurance Co.Aegon Transamerica FoundationAlliant EnergyAMERITAS LIFE INSURANCE CORPAndrews McMeel Universal Foundation MG ProgramAON Risk Services Central IncThe Arthur J. Gallagher FoundationAssurant Matching Gift ProgramAviva USABayerBristol-Myers Squibb Fnd.,IncChubb Charitable FoundationCommunity Involvement Task ForceCovidienDeutsche BankDiageo North AmericaeBay CAN! Matching Gifts ProgramEli Lilly and Company FoundationExxonMobil FoundationFarmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of IowaGannett MatchGE FoundationGenentech Givingstation (Matching)Goldman Sachs & Co. Matching Gift ProgramGreat West Life & Annuity Ins. Co. (Matching)The H & R FoundationHallmark Cards, Inc (Matching Gifts)Hormel Foods Corporation Charitable TrustING FoundationInternational Paper Company FoundationJohn Deere FoundationKraft Foods Matching Gifts ProgramLinkedInMargaret A. Cargill PhilanthropicsMicrosoft MatchingMidAmerican Energy (matching)Midland National Life Insurance Co/Sammons Financial GroupMMC Matching Gifts ProgramMotorola FoundationNCMIC Group Inc.New York Life FoundationNorthrop Grumman FoundationNorthwestern Mutual LifePella Rolscreen Fdtn. Matching Gift ProgramPepsiAmericas FoundationPfizer Foundation MatchingPioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.Principal Life Insurance CompanyProgressive InsurancePrudential Foundation Matching Gifts ProgramRadian Matching Gift ProgramRaytheon Company MatchingRBC Dain RauscherRoche DiagnosticsSony Electronics Inc.The St. Paul CompaniesTakeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.Texas Instruments Foundation Matching Gift Ctr.The Dow Chemical Co. Fdtn. Matching Gift ProgramTravelers InsuranceU.S. BancorpThe UBS Foundation USA Giving StationVerizon MatchingVoya FoundationWachovia SecuritiesWellmark BlueCross BlueShield Employee Matching Gift Program

Charitable contributions used to fund your donor-advised charitable fund can easily be transferred by submitting the West Des Moines Historical Society information to your fund representative. 

Those over 70.5 years of age can make charitable donations payable directly to the West Des Moines Historical Society from their IRA account and avoid personal income tax liabilities. Individuals 72 years of age and older, may consider making your required minimum distribution (RMD) payable to the Society. 

Making a three or four-year pledge to the West Des Moines Historical Society can spread larger gifts out over time and greatly assist the organization with future budgeting and planning needs.

Gifting real estate to the West Des Moines Historical Society staff and advisors prior to making a transfer. Gifting real estate offers tax advantage, avoids capital gains, and allows you to claim the current fair market appraised value of your property as a tax deduction. 

Name the West Des Moines Historical Society as a beneficiary in your will by listing a specific gift, property, or specific amount of money or stock. 

Name the West Des Moines Historical Society as a beneficiary in your will by listing a specific gift, property, or specific amount of money or stock. 

Name the society as a beneficiary on your insurance policies, IRA’s and other investments.

Consider transferring paid-up insurance policies into the West Des Moines Historical Society name.

Please talk with a staff member to recognize a loved one in perpetuity. For more information, please contact:
Gale Brubaker, Executive Director
West Des Moines Historical Society
P.O. Box 65563 
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Federal Tax ID: 23-7132446