Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West relies on the incredible generosity of its individual, foundation and corporate donors for a significant portion of its operating budget. Your gift allows the museum to fulfill its core mission: offering visitors the unique experience of “seeing the West from a whole new perspective.” Join our loyal donors whose support makes this possible as we present new and exciting exhibitions and programming that celebrate the heritage, history, art and culture of the American West for our diverse and growing audience. Help Western Spirit soar.



Interested in year-end tax planning? These two options may be of assistance to you. They certainly could be of benefit to the Museum of the West. Thank you for considering.



Great Benefits in Donating Stock to the Scottsdale Museum of the West:

Gifts of stock and other securities are a popular way to give to charity as is Scottsdale Museum of the West, a 501-c-3 organization.

There are favorable tax rules for donors who want to donate long-term (stock owned for greater than one year)

  • Donors never have to pay capital gains on the appreciated stock
  • Donors get a deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock at the time the transfer (its increased value)
  • No matter how large the donation, there is no need to obtain an appraisal

To download and print the Stock Transfer (DTC) Instruction Form, please CLICK HERE.



The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals age 70½ and older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to 501(c)(3) charities, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes.

  • Who qualifies? Individuals who are age 70½ or older at the time of the contribution (you have to wait until your actual 70½th birthday to make the transfer).
  • How much can I transfer? $100,000 each year.
  • From what accounts can I make transfers? Transfers must come from your IRAs directly to Scottsdale Museum of the West. If you have retirement assets in a 401(k), 403(b) etc., you must first roll those funds into an IRA, and then you can direct the IRA provider to transfer the funds from the IRA directly to Scottsdale Museum of the West.
  • To what charities can I make gifts? Tax exempt organizations that are classified as 501(c)(3) charities, including Scottsdale Museum of the West, to which deductible contributions can be made.
  • Can I use the rollover to support a particular purpose at Scottsdale Museum of the West? As with all other gifts, you can direct your IRA Charitable Rollover gift to whatever cause or purpose you choose.
  • How will Scottsdale Museum of the West count the gift? We will give you full credit for the entire gift amount.
  • What are the tax implications to me?
    • Federal – The transfer to Scottsdale Museum of the West is not recognized as income, provided it goes directly from the IRA provider to us.
    • State – Each state has different laws, so you will need to consult with your own advisors.
  • Does this transfer qualify as my minimum required distribution? Yes, once you reach age 70½, you are required to take minimum distributions from your retirement plans each year, according to a federal formula. IRA charitable rollovers count towards your minimum required distributions for the year.
  • What is the procedure to execute an IRA charitable rollover? Time is limited, so contact your IRA plan provider to learn their procedures.  Just contact us when you direct the rollover so we can look for the check from your plan provider.

To download and print the Request for Direct Charitable Distribution from IRA Form, please CLICK HERE.

Celebration Days:

 Honor your special events like a birthday, anniversary, graduation or a favorite holiday at “The Nation’s Best Western Museum.” What better way to celebrate you or someone you love than to host a day at “The Nation’s Best Western Museum.”

On your Celebration Day, a beautiful hand-chalked sign will be created and placed at our museum entrance that shares the news of the special occasion. Plus, you will receive a special personalized gift from the museum!

 We request of Celebration Days participants a donation of $1,000/day with tax-exempt proceeds contributed to our 501(c)(3) organization. Contact Dean Scheinert for more information or to set up hosting your Celebration Day @ SMoW at


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