Your opportunities to support the Wheelwright.

Become a Member or
Give a Gift of Membership

Your membership at any level comes with many exclusive benefits. It will be matched one-to-one by an additional gift to the Wheelwright Museum Foundation, our Endowment, which provides us with investment proceeds for our operations every year.

Annual Fund / General Donation

The annual campaign provides the museum with unrestricted resources and operating support. Therefore, it is critical to our budget, allowing us to use the funds to expand our capabilities, purchase necessary equipment, enhance our programming, and support our staff. You can maximize the gift if you have access to a corporate match option or make a recurring gift!

Shop at our museum store: Case Trading Post

Need a gift? We have many items online, and a call to the shop will reveal other options if you don’t see what you are looking for. Ken, Connie, or Patricia will be happy to help you shop for the perfect gift!

Every purchase supports the livelihood of a Native artist and their family while helping the Wheelwright Museum.

You can also give a Memorial Gift as a way to honor someone who has passed on or an Honor Gift to acknowledge a family member, friend, or colleague who has achieved an important goal.

Roll over a portion of your IRA.

As part of the CARES act, Congress has temporarily eliminated the required minimum distributions from retirement plans during 2020. Check with your financial advisor to see how this might affect your financial decisions.

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) act went into effect on January 1, 2020, and includes many changes to rules which govern retirement plans and, in some cases, the date at which the required minimum distributions must begin. Regardless of whether you are now required to make minimum distributions if you are 70 ½ or older, you may directly transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, which is a 501 (c) (3) organization, as a qualified charitable distribution. The amount directly transferred will be excluded from the current year’s income for federal tax purposes and will count as your minimum required distribution for this year if you are required to make one. It will not count as a charitable income tax deduction on this year’s tax return. You should talk to your financial advisors/tax planners to make the wisest financial choices for you and your family.

Give through a Will or Trust.

A donor can make a significant contribution without reducing their assets during their lifetime by providing for the Wheelwright Museum or Wheelwright Foundation in a will. Bequests are deductible from an estate, so a bequest to the Wheelwright Museum can generate substantial estate tax savings.

If you are in the process of creating a will or trust and would like to include a gift to the Wheelwright Museum, we would be happy to help with suggested language and a description of how you want your funds used. We thank you for your consideration.


To complete these types of transactions, contact the Director at (505) 982-4636 x 103,, or have your financial representative call or e-mail.