Capital Campaign

Support American diplomacy.  Join us in creating a national legacy and help us realize the dream of the National Museum of American Diplomacy.

Albright, Secretary, Diplomacy

The story is more than fascinating; it’s fundamental to America’s current standing in the world. And now we can make it more familiar to our own people as well.

Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State

Please join us in honoring our diplomats by helping to create a stunning facility that will increase understanding of United States diplomacy around the world through museum exhibitions and educational programs.

The construction of the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) and its exhibits is supported by private donations. We are grateful to our donors who have given so generously to complete Phase I of our capital campaign to complete the construction of the 20,000 square foot entrance pavilion designed by award winning architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle. The Center and its private sector 501(c)(3) partner, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, will now focus on Phase II of the campaign to raise an additional $35 million to complete construction and exhibit design, fabrication and installation.

Ways of giving
All gifts given directly to the National Museum of American Diplomacy at the Department of State or to its private-sector partner, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, for the capital campaign are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Gifts of cash or pledges of cash are desirable to help to achieve the goals of the campaign.

The National Museum of American Diplomacy and the Diplomacy Center Foundation offer a three-year schedule for contributions to the campaign, depending on the level of the gift. In lieu of cash contributions, donors may contribute to the capital campaign in many other ways, each offering tax advantages attractive to individual financial planning. The museum is prepared to help in structuring a gift plan to enable donors to realize the maximum benefit for their philanthropic commitment.

  • Gifts of Appreciated Securities – Significant gifts are frequently paid with long-term capital-gain securities; appreciated assets can often provide donors with attractive income-tax benefits, enabling them to leverage their gifts.
  • Deferred or Planned Giving – Certain forms of deferred or planned giving, including charitable remainder trusts, are attractive ways to reduce gift-tax costs and obtain naming opportunities. Bequests and insurance-policy beneficiary designation will also help build the Center’s endowment.
  • Gifts of Real Estate – Donors may make gifts of real estate, including fractional portions of properties.
  • Tangible Personal Property – Fine-art objects, antique furnishings, rare books, and other items can offer donors an immediate tax deduction; valuation for income-tax purposes will require an independent appraisal.
  • Matching Gifts – Donors who serve on a corporate board of directors or work for a company with a matching-gifts program have an opportunity to augment their gifts in significant ways. They should contact the company’s matching-gift office to learn more about the program and its requirements.

Giving through the National Museum of American Diplomacy:

The National Museum of American Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State is tax exempt under Section 25 of the Department of State Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 USC 2697), the Ethics Reform Act (31 USC 1353), 41 CFR Sections 301 and 304, and 5 USC Section 4111.

Checks to the Center should be made payable to the National Museum of American Diplomacy with an indication on the memo line “U.S. Department of State: National Museum of American Diplomacy” and sent to the following address:

National Museum of American Diplomacy
SA-9, Suite NE 10003
Washington, DC 20522

Giving through the Diplomacy Center Foundation:

The Center’s private-sector partner, the Diplomacy Center Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All donations made to the Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extend of the law.

Checks to the Diplomacy Center Foundation should be made payable to the Diplomacy Center Foundation with an indication on the memo line “Diplomacy Center Foundation” and sent to the following address:

Diplomacy Center Foundation
1990 K Street NW Suite 315
Washington, DC 20006

Benefits and Recognition

The Supporting American Diplomacy Campaign offers many opportunities to make a significant gift that will live on for generations. The recognition levels include:

Secretary’s Circle $2.5 million and above
Thomas Jefferson Circle $1 million and above
Benjamin Franklin Circle $500,000 and above
Founders Society Circle $250,000 and above
Ambassador’s Circle $100,000 and above
Legacy Ministers
Grand Donors $50,000 and above
Principal Donors 
$25,000 and above
$10,000 and above

For more information about giving levels and benefits, please visit the Diplomacy Center Foundation.

U.S. Secretary of State gives remarks at the National Museum of American Diplomacy guest exhibit on Consular Affairs.

American Diplomacy is central to our nation’s greatness — telling the story of diplomatic achievement is an important mission!

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State

The variety of naming opportunities provides a broad choice to supporters for associating their name—or the name of someone they wish to honor or memorialize—within the museum. Funds for the building program and/or education may be used to recognize corporations, foundations and individuals, commensurate with the level of the gift, and in the following ways:

• Prominent listing on the Grand Donor Wall
• Recognition at a major feature within the Center
• Recognition for a funded space or endowment gift
• Support for program initiatives, identified with a recognized fund or program
• Invitations to the Diplomacy Center Foundation private events and special receptions; and listing in publications as appropriate and on both the National Museum of American Diplomacy and Diplomacy Center Foundation websites

Diplomacy Center, Secretary of State, Groundbreaking

This museum will constitute a permanent record of U.S. Diplomacy and in my opinion it is way past time that something like this was done.

James A. Baker, III, Former Secretary of State

A Public-Private Partnership

The support needed to make the vision of the National Museum of American Diplomacy a reality is based on a public-private partnership, an idea pioneered by Benjamin Franklin – America’s first diplomat. The U.S. Department of State is committed to provide the tangible elements of public-sector support, including the land, operations and utilities, security, staffing assistance and equipment.

We are confident that the private sector will answer the call and provide the needed elements of private-sector support for:

  • Building program and design, including the construction of the glass entrance Pavilion and build-out of the two interior halls
  • Educational programs
  • Special programs, conferences, and forums
  • Expenses of the campaign
  • Operating endowment

More information at the Diplomacy Center Foundation‘s website.