Help us build a new museum by 2020

Join Vision2020 and help create the New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture in San Francisco. We’ve set a goal of raising $75,000 by the end of 2016. To kick things off, we’re announcing a New Donor Matching Challenge of $30,000. Up to $30,000 in new, returning or increased donations to GLBT Historical Society received by December 31st 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by three generous donors: Al Baum & Robert Holgate, Elisabeth Cornu, and the Excelerate Foundation. All funds will help the GLBT Historical Society build its development capacity in preparation for a capital campaign. Help Kickstart Vision 2020, the GLBT Historical Society’s Development Campaign for a New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture.


Help keep the story alive

Harvey Milk in 1978, five months before his assassination.
Harvey Milk in 1978, five months before his assassination.

Your support ensures the preservation, exhibition and interpretation of GLBT history — including little-known people, events and organizations that played a vital role. Thanks to you, we can grow our collection of important historical materials, showcase them in the museum and preserve them for the benefit of future generations. We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. GLBT Historical Society members receive advance notice of upcoming exhibitions, programs and other events. Members get free admission for themselves and a guest at the museum and they enjoy expanded research hours (by appointment) at the archives.

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Other ways to contribute

Leave your legacy

Many GLBT Historical Society supporters have included us in their wills or with another type of legacy gift. Their foresight, and yours, should you choose to join them, strengthens and helps ensure the future of the historical society’s archives and museum. For more information on legacy giving, email Executive Director Terry Beswick or call 415-777-5455 ext. 5.

Pro bono and in-kind donations

We welcome offers of pro bono services and in-kind donations from professionals and merchants in a variety of fields needed to support the work of the museum and archives. For more information, email Executive Director Terry Beswick or call 415-777-5455 ext. 5.

Archival materials

We’re always on the lookout for material to add to the archives. More information at the archives page.

Community Thrift Store

San Francisco and Bay Area residents can support us by donating used furniture, housewares, clothing, books and other goods to the Community Thrift Store in San Francisco. Designate Charity No. 169 as your beneficiary.

Active sponsors

One-year sponsor roster updated quarterly. We also wish to thank our many members who support the museum and archives.

Presenting sponsors ($30,000 or more)

Charles L. Street & Paul W. Chin • Grants for the Arts, City & County of San Francisco • National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Platinum sponsors ($10,000 or more)

Al Baum & Robert Holgate • Arts Research Institute / UC Santa Cruz • Bob Ross Foundation • Emily Rosenberg & Darlene deManincor • Wells Fargo Bank Foundation

Gold sponsors ($5,000 or more)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation • John Bell & Jason Spicer • Elisabeth Cornu • Excelerate Foundation • Daniel Healy & Gerald LaBuda • Tomlinson Holman & Fritz Koenig • Human Rights Campaign • David Kessler, MD • Todd Reasinger & Chris Lewis • Mark Rhoades • Toad Hall & Badlands • Brian Turner

Silver sponsors ($2,500 or more)

CSAA Insurance Group • Hermes Foundation • IDEO • LEF Foundation  • Foundation • Rick Stokes & Alex Kiforenko

Bronze sponsors ($1,000 or more)

Randall H. Alfred • Troy Barber & Dan Stewart • John Caldwell • Daryl Carr • Castro Lions • Paul Christensen • Gray Clossman • Community Thrift • E.G. Crichton • Calvin Doucet • Becky Escamilla & Aimee Chang • Paul Giurlanda • Susan Goldstein & Andrew Kivel • Group I • Tim Gullicksen • Horizons Foundation • James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen • Alex U Inn & The Momma’s Boyz • Terence Kissack & Mark Coleman • Gerard Koskovich • Peter Lundberg & James Mowdy • Todd Martin • Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation • Daniel Nicoletta & Michael Pinatelli Jr. • Que(e)ry • SF Gay Men’s Chorus • The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. • Cornelis Van Aalst & Jeffrey Robinson • Barbara L. Voss & Deborah Cohler • Anders Winther & David Pike • Jeffrey Zimman & Ken Ruebush