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FINGER LAKES BOATING MUSEUM IS A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
For donations "in honor or memory of" please fill in the person's name and click "Donate." These donations will be recognized in the next issue of the Copper Nail journal. 

Opportunities for Giving at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum


The Finger Lakes Boating Museum (FLBM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designated charitable educational organization. The FLBM's tax I.D. (EIN) is #16-1542277 and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Besides memberships and general donations, below are many ways to give to the Museum that could benefit all involved! As always, please consult with your financial advisor.

Donor Advised Funds (DAF)

Donor Advised Funds are the fastest-growing giving method and tax-efficient way to manage charitable donations. Donor Advised Funds allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time. 

Grants made to FLBM through Donor Advised Funds can be designated for FLBM to use wherever the need is greatest or aligned with areas that match supporters’ interests.

Clients of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon can easily make a designation through the DAF Direct window on this page.

FLBM's tax I.D. number is 16-1542277.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) charitable donation

We encourage you to include FLBM in your plans for your IRA annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  Information about required retirement distributions can be found here. Please consult your financial planner - and then give us a call. We would love for you to contribute to our Annual Appeal!

Gifts of Stock

A gift of stock is a great way to support FLBM. If you have stock that has appreciated greatly in value, you may consider giving securities as a year-end gift to the Museum. Giving long-term appreciated stock offers you a two-fold tax saving. First, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the increased value of your stock. Second, you receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock on the date of your gift to the Museum. Please consult your financial planner or broker regarding ways your gift of stock may be deductible and for how long. Making a gift of stock to the FLBM is easy. Just inform your broker of your intention to make a gift and notify the Museum! 


Memorial and Tribute Gifts

The Museum is honored to receive memorial and tribute gifts. We accept memorial gifts in the form of checks, credit cards, or gifts of stock. When making your memorial or tribute gift, please note the name of the individual you wish to honor and contact person you would like notified of your gift.

Please use the online link at the top of this page or make your gift payable to:

Finger Lakes Boating Museum

PO Box 575

Hammondsport, NY 14840


The FLBM has recently created an Endowment to support the Museum. As the Endowment grows, a designated percentage of the interest earned will help support the annual operating budget. An Endowment helps to guarantee that the Museum will be here for many years to come. Please contact the Museum if you are interested in making a donation to the Endowment fund. 

Areas of Opportunity for Giving at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum

General Operating Support & the Annual Appeal

Any non-profit organization will tell you that this is the most critical area for fundraising. These gifts support staff salaries, utilities, insurances, and other essential costs of operation. At FLBM these costs are covered by memberships, admissions, gift shop and other sales, unrestricted donations, and non-designated fundraising events.



“Bricks & Mortar” type funding is often hard to come by as FLBM expands. The Museum is fortunate to have two local foundations that have supported these types of needs, however, as the Museum continues to grow it will require other sources of support for needed renovations.


Restoration, Collections & Exhibits

Our signature restoration project, The Pat II Tour Boat, is a phenomenal example of the work our staff and amazing volunteers can accomplish. And six exhibit halls with over 100 boats on display is also a testament to ways volunteer time and in-kind gifts and donated funds help us fulfill our mission.



FLBM Academy activities for adults and children – Adopted in 2016, the Finger Lakes Boating Academy is the umbrella for all of the Museum’s educational activities. Courses, workshops, lectures, boater safety, and children’s programming and field trips are planned throughout the year.


Golf Tournament

The annual golf tournament fundraiser is a popular event and brings in sponsors from the area who support the FLBM’s mission and like to play golf!


Dragon Boat Club

The new FLBM Dragon Boat Club, the “Keuka Dragons,” has been created and dragon boats secured. Membership in the Museum is required, but the team has its own rules and fundraising structure.

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