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Black History is American History

Yet each year we reserve just 28 days in February to celebrate over 400 years of Black history in America. You can help us celebrate Black history all year by supporting our #Give365 campaign.

Every year we see an uptick in interest from our community, visitors, media and supporters during Black History Month only to see it decline when the calendar turns. Together, we can change the narrative by celebrating Black stories 365 days a year. By donating to our #Give365 campaign, you can support our efforts to champion Black history, celebrate freedom’s heroes and encourage our community to be freedom conductors.

We encourage you to #Give365.

More Ways to Give

Planned Giving

You can achieve your personal financial goals while also leaving a legacy of support for the Freedom Center—and our community—by using various legal and tax strategies to plan a gift to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. And we'd like to help you!

Did you know that, through a planned gift to the Freedom Center, you can:

  • Make a deferred gift by including the museum in your will
  • Avoid or postpone capital gains tax
  • Give yourself or someone you love a life income that may be greater than that earned by current investments
  • Reduce gift and estate taxes on assets passing to your heirs
  • Diversify your portfolio without incurring capital gains taxes on sale of assets

If you are considering the best way to give to The Freedom Center, we would be happy to work with you and your advisors to fashion a gift to meet your needs. Please call us at (513) 333-7507, or email development@nurfc.org.

Celebrate a Loved One

Have you considered honoring a loved one with a gift to the Freedom Center? We'd be happy to talk with you about the options for commemorative gifts, such as remembering a deceased loved one or celebrating the birthday, anniversary or other special day of a friend or family member. Call us at (513) 333-7507 or email us at development@nurfc.org.

Verneida I. Britton Memorial Fund

The Verneida I. Britton Memorial Fund was established in 2021 to celebrate and remember the life of Verneida Britton. Verneida passed away peacefully on March 28, 2021, but her family, friends, and loved ones will never forget her.

Verneida Britton lived her life educating and helping others achieve their goals.  In particular, she had a love for teaching history and inspiring youth to reach their full potential. Verneida brought this passion to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center when it opened in 2004 and played a significant role in developing some of our key programs. She joined the first docent class giving tours and was instrumental in training new docents and new staff. She played a big part in building the Youth Docent program at the Freedom Center into a nationally acclaimed program by The Links Incorporated. She also chaired the Freedom Center’s annual King Legacy program, which includes training opportunities for youth to come together to inspire and motivate others based on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. The program consists of educational opportunities for high school students to host conversations about the current state of America and how they see themselves playing an important role, like the courageous conductors of the Underground Railroad era, in bringing about positive social change for our country.

The Freedom Center established the Verneida I. Britton Memorial Fund to perpetuate Verneida’ s legacy of commitment to excellence in education, guest experience, and youth cultural leadership development.

Give Online:

Use the web form above and type "Verneida I. Britton Memorial Fund" in the "Tribute Gift" section.

By Mail:

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Attn: Development Department/Verneida I. Britton Memorial Fund
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Foundation Giving

We consistently aim to extend our mission beyond our walls. Foundations have always been on the cutting edge with us, funding provocative ideas and encouraging us to work better to reach more children and families.

Without the support of the foundation community, great ideas remain just that... ideas. With your help, we have the opportunity to change the status quo and to inspire youngsters in real ways that will result in real changes for their lives.

Corporate Partnership Program

A corporate partnership is a unique opportunity for your company to support the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It is also a great way to take advantage of our first-class facilities, exhibits and programs for you and your employees.

Download Corporate Partnership Information (457kb)

To become a Corporate Partner or learn more, please call (513) 333-7541.

Donation FAQs

Is my donation safe and secure?

Our website security is provided by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a recognized authentication and encryption software. In other words, the site becomes locked while you are giving us your information and unlocks only when you leave the secured area, and your number is encrypted so it is unreadable to anyone outside the transaction process.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You must subtract the fair market value of any premiums/thank you gifts you have received from us. We estimate the value for you on the thank you letter you receive soon after your donation. For further information please (513) 333-7739 or email development@nurfc.org

My employer offers to match donations I make. How do I get my gift matched?

To take advantage of your employer's matching gift program, request a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department. Fill it out and mail to the address below. Not sure if your company matches gifts? Look it up on MatchingGifts.com.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Attn: Development
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

I recently moved and need to update my address.

Please call 513.333.7595 or e-mail development@nurfc.org with your new address and we will update your information for you.

What are my payment options?

You may donate using your American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa card. If you would like to use a check or money order, please mail to:

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Attn: Development
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Is there a minimum donation amount?

We accept any gift of $5 or more.

Can I make an anonymous donation?

The Freedom Center is committed to protecting your privacy and offers the option to donate anonymously. Simply type 'anonymous' in the name field on the form above.

Can I make a donation over the phone?

We urge you to take advantage of the convenience, safety, and simplicity of giving online. But if you feel more comfortable speaking with someone in our Development department, please give us a call at (513) 333-7739.

Can the Freedom Center donate an auction item to my charitable event?

We are able to donate general admission tickets to eligible 501(c)3 organizations. Learn More→

How do I donate object(s) to the museum's collection? Can you authenticate or appraise?

While our collections are limited in scope, we are happy to consider potential artifact donations or loans. Learn More→

Anything Else?

If we didn't answer your question here, please feel free to contact us at (513) 333-7739, or email us at development@nurfc.org