BAYFIELD HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

SUPPORT US

YOU ARE OUR (HI)STORY!

We rely on financial support from individuals like you to help us develop and share free educational programming, provide access to our rich and growing collection of local archives, offer a free local history museum and much more.

We know there are many worthy causes and we hope that BHA is at the top of your list when it comes to sharing your time and resources!

Fountain in Fountain Garden Park

Give Now

Giving is easy! You have the option to donate securely online using a debit or credit card (no PayPal account required), or you can simply mail a check, made out to the Bayfield Heritage Association, to: PO Box 137, Bayfield, WI 54814.

Be A Sustainer

When you donate using PayPal (credit or debit card), you have the option to set up a recurring gift by checking the box: “Make this a monthly donation.” You can enter whatever monthly amount you wish.

Bayfield Heritage Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Additional Support Options:
Volunteer    Other Ways to Give

Make an Impact!

The Bayfield Heritage Association exists and continues to thrive thanks to your involvement and support.

Our volunteers and donors have firmly established BHA as a community fixture, now and for many years to come. It is our honor to continue to provide a space for you to participate in and create Bayfield’s history.

Would you consider becoming a sustaining donor?

Here are some examples of expenses that your recurring gift could cover for BHA:

$10/month: A monthly gift at this level could help BHA cover its annual Zoom subscription fee so that we can continue to provide free, engaging virtual programs and events.

$25/month: A monthly gift at this level could help BHA host a free educational program, providing a speaker stipend and paying a professional to record and produce a video for later viewing.

$50/month: A monthly gift at this level could help BHA develop a new temporary exhibit, producing interpretive materials and prints to display an interesting piece of our Bayfield history.

We’ve put together a list of additional ways for you to support Bayfield Heritage Association’s important work.

Are you ready to make an impact?

Volunteer

Join our great team of volunteers! We have year-round and seasonal opportunities for you to learn new skills, share your existing skills and connect with your community. The Bayfield Heritage Association relies on many dedicated and talented individuals of all ages to carry forward our mission of collecting, preserving and sharing Bayfield’s history.

Contact us to learn more and get involved!

What’s Your Skill or Passion?

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Hospitality
There are many hospitality opportunities including greeting museum visitors, being a docent and helping with events hosted or sponsored by the museum.

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering for this type of work.

Volunteers working on a fundraising cruise

Gardening or Lawn Care
Join our “Wednesday Weeders” at Fountain Garden Park located at the south entrance to Bayfield on State Highway 13. Fountain Garden Park was purchased in 1990 by Mary Rice and Jerry & Mary Phillips to preserve this focal corner of our historic city.

The park, dedicated in 1996, combines Bayfield’s rich heritage as a horticultural area and its 19th-century reputation as the “Fountain City.”

It is a beautiful tribute that the Bayfield Heritage Association’s dedicated ‘Wednesday Weeder’ volunteers have proudly maintained over the years.

Contact Marilyn Van Sant if you are interested in volunteering for this type of work.

Wednesday Weeders Working in Fountain Garden Park

Cooking & Baking

Do you love to cook and bake? Well, we love to have refreshments for our various community events and programs!

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering for this type of work.

Research & Archiving

BHA has one of the largest local history archives in the area. We received hundreds of new photos and items each year, all of which are cataloged and inventoried in the Past Perfect museum system.

We need volunteers to scan and enter photographs as well as other materials and objects into our digital archive collection. We also need volunteers to help with research requests. Previous experience is great but we will train you if you have never done anything like this before.

It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the history of the area while meeting new friends at the same time.

Contact Bill Gover if you are interested in volunteering for this type of work.

Writing

Do you love to write? Well, we need writers to create a variety of content including articles for our quarterly newsletter, blog posts for our website, social media posts and much more.

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering for this type of work.

Photography
Much of our historic “story” is told through photographs. We need volunteer photographers for object archival work, event capture and other tasks.

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering for this type of work.

Teaching
At BHA, we are all about life-long learning. If teaching is a passion of yours, we need volunteers to lead various activities. These activities include educational tours for museum visitors and school children as well as training museum volunteers.

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering for this type of work.

Presenting
History needs to be shared! We host monthly programs through our John Matthew Black Program Series. These programs are free to the public and provide a rich look at our area’s history.

Do you have stories, photos and knowledge about area history? We would love to talk with you about creating a presentation.

Contact us if you are interested in creating and presenting a program.

Bob Nelson making a presentation at BHA

Leadership

Like most non-profit organizations, we have a volunteer Board of Directors working on a variety of tasks and projects. We are always looking for people to join our Board who are passionate about Bayfield and its history, people who will be good stewards of BHA as we expand and grow into the future.

Contact us if you are interested in exploring becoming a member of our Board.

Other Ways to Give

Bayfield Heritage Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Contact us if you have any questions.

Make an Immediate Impact

Determine what’s right for your particular situation by consulting with your tax or financial professional. Review the options displayed at right.

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Stock Gift
Gifts of securities, including appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds, may provide special tax advantages. By donating appreciated securities that you have owned for longer than one year, you receive the same income tax savings as you would by making a gift of cash or by check. You also avoid tax on the capital gains built up in donated securities.

BHA is set up to receive gifts of stock. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist in this process.

IRA Rollover Gift

Often referred to as “qualified charitable distributions” or “QCDs” — they can be an easy and effective way to make a gift to BHA. IRA owners age 70 ½ or older can make a direct, tax-free transfer of up to $100,000 a year from their individual retirement account to a public charity like BHA. Talk with your financial advisor to learn more about setting this up.

Gifts of Real Estate

Retained life estate in property may generate a current income tax deduction by giving a home or land to BHA, while retaining the right to use the property during your lifetime. The property will also be removed from your taxable estate.

A gift of real estate may be a principal residence or vacation home, a farm, a commercial building, a subdivision lot or unimproved land. The gift may be the entire property or a fractional interest in the property.

To optimize these advantages, the donor should own the real estate for at least one year, and the property should not be encumbered by a mortgage or other debt.

Contact your financial advisor or attorney to explore your specific situation and how to structure a gift of real estate to BHA.

Donor Advised Fund

If you make annual donations to multiple nonprofits, a donor advised fund (DAF) may be a good option for you. A DAF is a charitable giving account that allows you to invest, grow and give to charities out of one consolidated account. It can help you maximize your charitable contributions in a tax advantaged way.

Employer Matching

Many employers support charitable giving through matching gift programs. If you are interested in learning more about this method of giving, please contact your employer’s HR department to explore available options.

Memorial or Tribute

Wondering what to give a friend or family member for a holiday or special occasion? Honor that person with a special gift in their name to Bayfield Heritage Association.

We will notify that special person or their family with an acknowledgement of your gift, along with recognition in our print and online publications.

Contact us for more information.

Make a Future Impact

Including BHA in your estate plan may allow you to do more than you thought possible while achieving your own personal and financial goals. Gain potential tax savings and maintain access to your assets in case you need them. Your support will leave a lasting impact for generations to come. We encourage you to speak with your financial advisor or attorney about the best options for you and your family.

Options

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Will or Living Trust

Gifts by will or by revocable “living” trust are the most common form of deferred gifts. A bequest is naming a person or recipient of a gift and is contained in a person’s will or revocable (living) trust. The following language is an example of how a bequest to benefit BHA may be worded, for review by you and your attorney:

I give, devise and bequeath to the Bayfield Heritage Association (BHA), a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Bayfield, Wisconsin, _____ percent of my residual estate (or a specific bequest of $__________, or other personal or real property appropriately described) for (a specific program or unrestricted use), to be used in accordance with the terms of the most recent written directive I have signed with BHA, and, if none exists, to be used as directed by the Board of Directors at BHA.

Retirement Plans

Gifts of retirement plans name the Bayfield Heritage Association as a primary or contingent beneficiary of a retirement account (e.g. IRA, SEP, 401(k), 403(b), ESOP, etc.). This gift may enable you to make a larger gift than you anticipated because income and estate taxes are not imposed when plan assets are distributed to BHA.

Charitable Trust

Testamentary life-income gifts can be funded through your will and include charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable lead trusts and pooled income funds. While these gift plans will not generate tax savings during your lifetime, they may reduce estate taxes and provide life income for a loved one. Please speak with your financial advisor about these options.

Life Insurance

Gifts of life insurance may name BHA as a primary or contingent beneficiary of your policy. If you retain any control over the policy, no income tax deduction is allowed. However, if BHA is named both the sole owner and beneficiary of a paid-up policy, you may receive an immediate charitable deduction for the lesser of the policy’s fair market value or the net premiums paid. Additional premiums you pay may also be tax deductible.

BAYFIELD HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

ADDRESS

30 North Broad Street
BAYFIELD, WI 54814

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