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Your gift to the Oregon Historical Society helps collect, preserve, and share Oregon’s history. Your donation is tax-deductible and educates current and future generations about our remarkable past.

If you have any questions, please contact Molly Cochran, Director of Development, at 503-306-5237 or

You can make your gift by clicking the donate button below, by calling 503.306.5220 during Museum hours or by mailing your check to 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205. Thank you for your generous support of the Oregon Historical Society!

If you have collection materials you wish to donate, you can learn more on our Donate to Collections page.

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What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund supports the daily operations of the Oregon Historical Society.

How does my gift help?

Your gift supports everything the Oregon Historical Society does, from educational and public programs to research and collections preservation.

  • The Society's exhibits provide access to, and interpretation and enjoyment of, its collections of priceless artifacts. We also bring quality national exhibits to the state.
  • The research library houses an extensive collection of Oregon and Northwest-focused photographs and historical documents.  Well trained staff and volunteers are available to assist with research.
  • The education program at the Society hosts award-winning workshops and seminars and produces online resources for the classroom and public.
  • The Oregon Historical Quarterly , the journal of record for Oregon history for over 100 years, gives members and the public regular access to new and important documentation and interpretation of our history.

How is my Annual Fund gift different from my membership?

Membership dues provide less than 10% of our annual income.  Additional support is necessary to help cover our operating expenses.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes! The Oregon Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization. Gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.  Certain benefits that come with membership, such as the subscription to the Oregon Historical Quarterly, may reduce the tax-deductible amount—please consult your accountant. The Oregon Historical Society's tax ID number is 93-0391599.

For further questions, please contact the development office at 503.306.5237 or

How can I make my gift?

Phone: Call Molly Cochran, Director of Development, at 503-306-5237

Mail or in person: Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

Appreciated securities or stock:  Charitable gifts of stock are a wonderful way to support the Oregon Historical Society and can potentially provide tremendous tax benefits to you. Check with your tax advisor for details.  For questions regarding transfer, download this form or contact Molly Cochran, Director of Development at 503-306-5237 for further information.

Give a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust and receive a 100% tax credit!

In an effort to support Oregon cultural institutions, the Cultural Trust is offering a tax credit on all matching donations made to the Trust.  If you match your donation to OHS, with a donation of the same amount to the Trust before December 31st, you earn a tax credit in the amount of your gift on your State of Oregon tax returns.  Unlike a tax deduction which reduces your amount of taxable income, a tax credit actually reduces the amount of tax you owe.  Your gift to the Trust costs you nothing!  Also, as the Oregon Historical Society is a Cultural Partner of the Trust, your donation will come back to OHS as grant funding for our programs.  To learn more about the Oregon Cultural Trust and about this great opportunity to give for less, visit the Trust website.

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Donor Privacy and Recognition Policy

The Oregon Historical Society holds integrity as our core institutional value. OHS has implemented this Donor Privacy and Recognition Policy to guide our volunteers and staff on how OHS may use a donor’s personal information.

Is Your Car History?

Have a clunker that's not collectable? Donate your car or boat to support the Oregon Historical Society!

Our vehicle donation program makes the process simple, and your gift helps inspire Oregon's future by educating Oregonians about our history.

Start the donation of your vehicle now: Fill out a quick form online, or call 1-888-205-3420.

Questions? Contact Molly Cochran, Director of Development, at 503-306-5237 or