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Conner Prairie is a place that inspires people of all ages to experience and learn more about science, history, art and nature; a place where the past is used to connect, learn and grow; a place where the past illuminates and inspires the future. Conner Prairie is a place like no other, a place that relies on generous supporters like you. 

Philanthropic support comes in all shapes and sizes – from one-time gifts to our museum to planned estate gifts. You can support Conner Prairie through a donor membership or in honor of a loved one. Learn more about the ways to give below (read about some of our supporters here). 

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Support the Mission Impact Fund

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When you support the Mission Impact Fund, you are making possible the many activities and experiences that take place at Conner Prairie. Your generosity is crucial in providing field trips for students, food for animals, historic clothing, and much more.

Support the Prairie Pathways Campaign


Gifts to the Prairie Pathways Campaign lay the groundwork for Conner Prairie’s future, expanding our natural and historical resources and our Smithsonian affiliation.

Give through Membership

Join Conner Society

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Join the Conner Society and make a lasting philanthropic impact at Conner Prairie. Conner Society donors provide Conner Prairie with the stability and support necessary for our museum to grow and thrive.

Become an Explorer

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Support Conner Prairie with a meaningful philanthropic gift, while enjoying the benefits of membership. Donors provide Conner Prairie with the stability and support necessary for our museum to grow and thrive.

Other Ways to Give

Corporate Sponsorship

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Conner Prairie has ample opportunities for businesses to achieve corporate social responsibility, hospitality and marketing goals while supporting a valued cultural institution in central Indiana.

Become a Legacy Donor

Planned Giving

With a planned gift, you can support Conner Prairie for generations to come. Learn more about including Conner Prairie in your estate plans and becoming a member of the Lantern Legacy Society.

Double your donation

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Many companies will match their employees’ philanthropic donations. See if your employer will double, or even triple, your gift to Conner Prairie.

Honor Someone Special

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Giving a tribute gift is a thoughtful way to honor someone special, remember a loved one, or celebrate a special occasion. If you wish, upon receipt of your gift, Conner Prairie will send a special notice to an honoree of your choosing.

Shop for Good

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Did you know you can support Conner Prairie just by doing your everyday shopping? Enroll in a shop for good program and the company will donate a portion of your purchase to Conner Prairie.

Donor-advised Fund

Donor Advised Funds

You can make a gift directly to Conner Prairie from your donor-advised fund by clicking the link below. Gifts from donor-advised funds do not qualify for member benefits. If you choose to give through a donor-advised fund, please contact our Development team so that we can properly acknowledge your gift.

Meet the team

Jennifer Sommers 2022

Phone: 317-214-4463

Kim Ferguson 2023

Phone: 317-214-4479

Emily Hitchcock 2022

Phone: 317-214-4765

Emily Sigler 2023

Phone: 317-214-4733

Erin Silcox 2023B

Phone: 317-214-4721

Marissa Hamm 2023

Phone: 317-214-4494