Autry National Center

Ways to Support the Autry

Gifts from members and friends of the Autry National Center of the American West help provide important funding for the Autry's world-class exhibitions and cultural eventsdynamic educational programs, expanding permanent collection, and conservation efforts.

Your commitment, interest, and involvement are essential to the ongoing success and growth of the Autry National Center. See below to find out how you can support the Autry today!

Annual Fund

What is an annual fund? Think of it this way: the Autry Annual Fund is a lifesaver, and without its support the museum could not stay afloat! Donations made to the Annual Fund are directed to groundbreaking exhibitions, dynamic educational programming, and ongoing collections conservation. But that’s not all! Funds also support anything you can think of—from the staff members that make sure your visit is fun, to the exhibitions and objects you see while visiting, to the events and programs you attend. The Annual Fund is especially crucial because donations to it are not limited to particular areas and can therefore serve as a lifesaver for whatever needs support. To make a gift to the Annual Fund, please click here.

Saddle up: The Autry is going back to school!

Autry education programs serve more than 50,000 K–12 students annually with hands-on learning experiences and long-term projects that bring classroom subjects to life, allowing students to explore exciting new ways of learning history and assisting teachers with realizing new classroom learning standards. This fall you can support education at the Autry by making a gift to our Saddle Up campaign. To make a gift to the campaign, please click here.

To make your gift in honor or in memory of someone, or to double your gift through a matching-gift program, please call Brittany Piehl at 323.495.4398.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

You can make a gift in honor or in memory of a special person or on the occasion of a special event (birthday, anniversary, or wedding) through the Autry’s Tribute program.

Gifts of Cash

Cash gifts are the simplest way to maximize the impact of your support for the Autry National Center. Checks, credit card donations, and automatic drafts from a checking account are recognized as cash gifts and are fully tax deductible. You can send a check to the address below, download a form to send in for an automatic draft, or make an online contribution by using a credit card.

Gifts of Securities

If you have long-term appreciated stocks or bonds that you have held for a year or more, consider giving them directly to the Autry, as you may receive tax benefits.

Gifts of Art and Artifacts

The Autry's collection continues to grow. Gifts of art and artifacts increase the quality and quantity of the museum's collections. For more information on donating artworks or artifacts, please click here.

In-Kind Gifts

You can support the Autry with gifts of art and artifacts, as well as Gala silent auction items (gift certificates, food, and wine), services such as advertising or printing, tangible items such as office furniture and computer equipment, and vehicles.

Estate and Planned Gifts

There are many ways you can contribute to the Autry, leave a vital legacy for our shared future, and ensure that your generosity will live beyond your lifetime. Whether you make a commitment through your will, living trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or a charitable remainder trust, your gift will ensure that the Autry continues to develop thought-provoking exhibitions and programs while educating future generations about this dynamic region.

By notifying the Autry of your planned gift, you will become a member of the Autry's Western Heritage Society, which was created to honor and thank our friends who have included the Autry in their giving plans.

Vehicle Donation

Interested in donating your vehicle to an organization you believe in? Donate your vehicle and show your support of the Autry! Call toll-free 877-504-GIVE (877-504-4483) or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to speak to an Autry National Center Vehicle Donation Representative. Our representative will schedule a pickup that's convenient for you and provide you with confirmation of your donation.

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The Autry National Center endowment was created to provide a permanent source of operating income for the institution. The principal is held in perpetuity and the income generated from unrestricted endowment gifts is used to support exhibitions, programs, and conservation efforts. Restricted endowment gifts establish named funds and positions to support specific areas and needs of the Autry. For more information, please contact Amy Nance, Senior Director of Development, at 323.495.4227, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Corporate Giving

Whether it is our world-class traveling exhibitions, K–12 educational services, internationally renowned collections, or engaging cultural programs, there is something for everyone at the Autry. We invite your company to reach diverse new audiences and provide important arts and cultural opportunities to greater Los Angeles through exhibition and program sponsorship.

Friends of the Autry

Friends of the Autry is a support group that organizes events and raises additional funds for the Autry’s many educational programs and exhibitions.

Give Online Now

To learn more about giving to the Autry, please contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  at 323.495.4227.

To mail in a check, please make it out to Autry National Center and send it to:

Development Department
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 Phone: 323.667.2000

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