Visitors can help sustain the legacy of the History Center in a variety of ways.


Your donation to the History Center directly supports the museum’s award-winning exhibitions, public programs, educational outreach, and publications, and helps to preserve hundreds of thousands of historic artifacts and archival materials for future generations. Your donation to the History Center is 100% tax deductible.

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CARES Act Provisions

Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act makes the following tax-saving provisions:

  • If you’ll be taking the standard tax-deduction on your 2020 return, you may claim a new “above-the-line” deduction of up to $300 for cash donations to nonprofits like Heinz History Center. In this way, you’ll also gain the ability to decrease your adjusted gross income (AGI), meaning that you may qualify for other tax advantages.
  • If you’ll be itemizing your tax-deductions for 2020, you may now deduct 100% of your charitable contributions from your AGI. This had generally been capped at 60%. If you’re a business owner, the 10% limit has been increased to 25%. This measure applies to cash gifts to public charities like Heinz History Center.

This has been provided for informational purposes only. Please consult your tax professional for advice on how to proceed on these and other tax provisions.

Artifact Donations

To donate artifacts to the History Center, please contact Emily Ruby at 412-454-6350 or You may also fill out the online donation form.

If you are considering donating photographs, documents, or other archival materials to the History Center’s collections, please contact Carly Lough at 412-454-6367 or

Planned Giving

Including the History Center in your estate planning directly supports the museum’s mission while providing tax benefits for you and your benefactors. A wide variety of planned giving options are available, including charitable trusts and bequests.

Planned Giving

Commemorative Gifts

Preserve your memories and celebrate loved ones by purchasing a lasting gift inside the History Center. From time capsules and commemorative floor tiles to rocking chairs and commemorative sports items, the museum can help preserve your own piece of history for generations to come.

For more information on commemorative gifts, click here.

Commemorative Gifts

Can your employer match your gift? You can double or triple your gift if you or your spouse work for an organization that matches charitable contributions to the History Center. Please contact your organization’s human resources department for their matching gift policy.

You can also make a donation by contacting Lauren Meals at 412-454-6351 or

Please note that the Senator John Heinz History Center’s IRS legal name is the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.