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Your Support Makes A Difference

Vesterheim depends upon the generosity of its members and patrons. Thousands of devoted Vesterheim friends across the country recognize that their contributions, large and small, are vital to the museum’s future. Whether they are supporting the important Annual Giving Program, investing in specific projects, or building an endowment, donations are tax-deductible and assist Vesterheim in preserving and sharing a treasured heritage. For more information about any of the following ways to give, contact Nicholas Klein at 563-382-9681, ext. 109, or email at

Opportunities for Giving:

Make a gift right now. Gifts at all levels are important to Vesterheim.

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Pledge Your Support

Make a pledge in support of Vesterheim and stretch your payments over a period of months or years.

Learn how to Pledge

Join Compass Club—Automated Giving

Become a Vesterheim Compass Club member with the convenience of automated giving (automatic deductions for the Annual Fund). Automated giving provides Vesterheim with a steady flow of dependable support and we save on postage, processing, and many other expenses. Compass Club members receive special recognition and benefits.

Learn about Automated Giving

Planned Giving

Naming Vesterheim in your will, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, retained life estates, retirement plan designations, life insurance beneficiary designations, or bequests is an excellent way to give to Vesterheim, and may benefit you, too.

Learn about Planned Giving

Non-Cash Gifts

Consider donating time, objects, transfers of stock, etc.


Learn how to Donate an Object

Double, or Even Triple, Your Gift with Employer matching

Does your employer offer matching gifts? You can as much as triple your gift to Vesterheim if you or your spouse works for a company that will match your personal contribution through an employee/retiree matching gift program! Many corporations provide matching gift programs in recognition of an employee’s or other eligible individual’s support of his or her favorite charity. Matching gifts are usually equal to a donor’s gifts, although some corporations match on a two-to-one or greater ratio. Ask your Human Resources Department to see if your company will help us make your dollars stretch even further.

Thrivent Choice Dollars Program

An easy, convenient way for eligible members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to recommend where Thrivent Financial will distribute portions of its charitable grant funds. Find out how you can direct Choice Dollars quickly at

Endowed Funds

Help secure the future of the museum by providing Vesterheim with a permanent source of income through an endowed fund. Give to an existing fund or start a fund of your own.

Learn about Endowed Funds

Corporate Giving

Vesterheim depends upon the support of its local, regional, and national corporate members. Please join Vesterheim in promoting community and in reaching out to growing audiences.

Learn about Corporate Giving

By Mail

To send your donation by check, please mail it to:

Vesterheim Museum
Development Department
PO Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101