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Take us to new heights.

Our mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning for all children, students, and adults who come through our doors. This task would be impossible without your help. Last year, donors, like you, helped us impact the lives of nearly 48,000 students from more than 100 school systems representing 500+ schools. Your donations also helped us host two Homeschool Days that drew nearly 1,700 guests.

Conner Prairie is a life-changing experience for those who visit, but not all families are so fortunate. There are too many children who miss the opportunity to experience all we have to offer because of budget cutbacks, financial hardship, and difficult circumstances. With just a small act of generosity, you can help us serve families all over the state of Indiana.

To help us achieve our ambitious goals, we've created four donor club levels, providing a range of tax-deductible options and member benefits to fit your financial and philanthropic needs.

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donategoals-(1).pngOUR GENERAL FUND

Help us achieve our ambitious goals.

At Conner Prairie, every guest has the opportunity to pursue knowledge and fun in a way that is tailored to them. We inspire curiosity and foster meaningful interaction with unique, engaging experiences that don’t exist anywhere else. How do we know what matters to our guests? We asked them. We studied their interactions on our grounds, how they learn and what they enjoy. The result is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience that spans annual festivals and unique dining experiences to award-winning programs and hands-on daily activities.
But we can’t do it without your help.

We rely upon the support of donors and sponsors like you to fuel and sustain our vital mission. Please consider a gift to our general fund.

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Leave a legacy.

We all want to leave something behind. With a planned gift, you will make an impact on children and families for generations to come. Your simple act of generosity will help inspire curiosity for people of all ages. Planned giving options include:

Charitable Bequest
Your attorney can help you design an estate plan that protects your family, preserves your property, and benefits Conner Prairie. You can bequeath a percentage of your estate to Conner Prairie, a dollar amount, specific property such as antiques, or the remainder of your estate. Sample bequest language:  "I hereby give ____% of my estate (or specific assets) to Conner Prairie Museum, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana, for its general purposes."

Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity provides a structured way to give to Conner Prairie while securing your own future. A gift annuity purchaser secures immediate tax relief, in addition to a dependable retirement income stream.

Charitable Lead Trust
A charitable lead trust is designed to reduce taxes on an estate by first donating a portion of the trust's income to a charity, like Conner Prairie, before transferring the remainder of the trust to the beneficiaries after a specified period of time. This reduces estate taxes for your heirs, while helping organizations like Conner Prairie. 

Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder trust allows you to donate generously to Conner Prairie, while providing a big tax break to you and your heirs. As the trustee of your trust, Conner Prairie manages or invests the property so it will produce income for you. Conner Prairie pays you a portion of the income generated by the trust property for a certain number of years, or for your whole life, depending on the payment period you define. At the payment period, the property goes to Conner Prairie.

We’ll help you determine the best way to benefit through a planned gift. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Please contact our development office at (317) 776-6000 ext. 271.

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