Individual Giving

Donations from individuals and families are vital to The Strong. Gifts from generous donors provide support for the museum’s world-class educational and cultural experiences. Donations above and beyond membership dues help the museum develop the exhibits, programs, activities, and events that make The Strong a national treasure and a community cornerstone.Berenstain Bears Quilt Shop

Annual Gifts

Annual gifts from members and friends of The Strong help to provide free museum access for thousands of Rochester-area children and families who might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience the museum. These programs ensure that each year thousands of children and adults with financial, physical, and social limitations can visit the museum and experience its rich educational resources and unique play environment.

Annual gifts also provide critical funding for ongoing preservation efforts. Donors help The Strong to grow, conserve, and preserve the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, and other historical materials related to play and to advance the study of play. In addition, annual gifts support museum research and publication activities that advance the study of play.
All annual gifts to The Strong are fully tax deductible.

Gifts of Stock and Securities

The Strong is pleased to accept gifts of marketable public stock. Transferring stocks can allow donors to make a difference at The Strong while avoiding costly capital-gains taxation and receiving an income-tax deduction based on the transferred stocks’ fair market value. To learn more or to make a gift of stock, please contact Lisa Feinstein, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 585-410-6370.

Upper-Level Membership

When you become an upper-level member at The Strong, you cast a vote of confidence in a community cornerstone that offers transformative educational programs and unique cultural experiences. All upper-level membership categories—Benefactor, Sustaining, and Leading—come with a unique suite of benefits that allow you and your family to enjoy the museum experience again and again throughout the year.

Planned Giving

The Strong offers planned giving opportunities for donors interested in long-term philanthropy. Planning now to make a deferred gift will help ensure The Strong's future stability and its capacity for ongoing service to families, schools, individuals, and the community.