Frequently Asked Questions
1. Exactly what is a museum? Are aquariums, zoos, nature and science centers also considered museums?
Absolutely. There are more than 8,000 museums in the United States, of all sizes and types. There are large urban art museums, rural heritage sites, natural history museums and institutions with living collections, such as zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens. There are museums dedicated to children, to science and technology, there are historic houses, and museums with special collections from airplanes and kites to battleships and model boats.
2. Does ShopforMuseums.com also support “for-profit” organizations?
No. Our purpose is to raise funds only for non-profit institutions as defined above.
3. Why do people give to museums?
There are many reasons to donate to museums. Some people donate because the museum is an important civic institution that helps to define and enrich their communities. Others feel that the lives of their children are enhanced and their horizons expanded by the appreciation of both art and nature. Still others donate because of a personal relationship to or interest in the museum’s collection. Whatever your reason, you can be assured it is greatly appreciated.
4. Do museums need our support? I thought endowments or large donations meet their financial needs.
Absolutely! The fiscal health of museums depends on donors contributing general operating support. This type of support is often overlooked; we seldom see public announcements of annual campaigns or major social events organized to raise money for museum operations. It is this operating support that keeps the museums doors open, their staff paid, promotes educational programming, and maintains and conserves the museum’s’ collections. Adequate support for operations is the foundation upon which the future of any museum is built.
5. What if I would like to donate to a museum, zoo, aquarium, science or nature centers that is not listed here?
Visit our “Can’t Find Your Museum?” section and register your favorite museum. All you need is the institution’s name, city and state – the rest is automatic.
We will contact that institution and invite them to join in our fundraising efforts.
6. If I recommend a museum, is there a cost to that institution?
There is absolutely no cost to museums. Although museum affiliates do take the time to promote ShopforMuseums to their members and visitors as it furthers the fundraising efforts on their behalf.
7. Can I place an order to be shipped to England?
Yes, with a few exceptions. Each one of the merchants featured on our site has their own international shipping guidelines. Please refer to those as you shop with us.
8. Can I go directly to the retailer’s site and still donate to my favorite museum?
Unfortunately not. Our system can only credit the museum designated when the order originates on ShopforMuseums.com.
9. How much would my museum of choice earn from my purchases through you?
That percentage varies depending upon the retailer. (Please note the percentage next to each retailer on our “Shopping Directory” page.) The average donation is generally 4% paid directly to the designated museums quarterly.
10. Can I designate more than one museum each time I shop?
No. We can only donate to one museum per purchase.
11. How are donations tracked? Who distributes them and how often?
We have enlisted a trusted third party to handle all of that for us. This company’s sole function is to track purchases, collect funds and make quarterly distributions to designated museums. ShopforMuseums.com receives detailed reports on all transactions.
12. What if I am unhappy with my purchase? May I return it? And, if so, will the donation be deducted from the museum I selected?
Please refer to the retailer’s return policy. All items purchased through ShopforMuseums carry the manufacturer’s warranty. If for any reason, you are unhappy with your purchase, please return it directly to the place of purchase for exchange or return. The donation will be debited accordingly from the next quarterly distribution. For additional information, please refer to our
13. What about my privacy and credit card protection when I shop with you?
All of our information is kept under the strictest confidence and all of our retailers have agreed to do the same. For more information, please refer to our “Privacy Statement".
14. Are my purchases made through ShopforMuseums.com tax-deductible?
Unfortunately not. Purchases made through ShopforMuseums.com are not tax-deductible.
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When you register with ShopforMuseums.com we ask for your name, e mail, address, how you heard about us, and what institution you wish to receive a donation, if you want e-mail contact about specials, and if you want e mail from Museum Tour Catalog. This information is not shared with any party not involved directly with ShopforMusuems.com. Information is stored on a secure server.
Informal Education Products and the Museum Tour Catalog/museumtour.com
Informal Education Products is the publisher of the Museum Tour Catalog and museumtour.com. ShopforMuseums.com grew out of discussions with the Museum Tour staff. The company was initiated by Marilynne Eichinger, past director of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, along with a group of co-operating museums in an effort to increase earned revenue in support of ongoing museum activities and programs. Museum Tour presents its audience with museum-quality, educational and inspirational gifts for the entire family. We ask your permission to keep you abreast of the offers in Museum Tour. We will honor your decision to opt-out if you do not wish to receive information from Museum Tour.
Informal Education Products, the parent company of ShopforMuseums.com is a member of the American Association of Museums and the Direct Marketing Association. It subscribes to the privacy principles and consumber expections promoted by these worthy organizations in all of its activites.
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