Ways to Donate
There are many ways you can support the California Missions Foundation. The Foundation welcomes individual, foundation and corporate donations, as well as honoraria and memorial tributes. Contributors can also provide for the Foundation in their estate planning.
Your contributions will support a variety of restoration and preservation projects at all 21 missions, but donations can also be earmarked for particular projects or specific missions.
CMF has created a fund for those wishing to help in any way toward assisting in raising general operating funds for our Missions and related historic sites. A contribution of any size will help tremendously as the stewardship of our Missions, Presidios and other related historic sites continues, and everyone looks forward to the doors reopening.
Due to his many years of service and dedication to the California Missions, CMF has established a Knox Mellon Memorial Fund to continue the important work of preserving the California Missions and related historic sites in his honor. If you would like to donate to this fund, please click the link below and designate your donation to the Knox Mellon Memorial Fund.
The California Missions Foundation is pleased to offer a convenient way to show your support, by donating stock. When you donate stock to CMF you will not be responsible for paying taxes on said stock nor its gains, however you will still receive tax credit for the amount of the full stock value on the day that you contribute. If you wish to donate stock to CMF, please have your broker call Schwab at 602-355-9003, with the following information:
Account Name: California Missions Foundation
Account #: 56308578
DTC #: 0164
Please call Foundation staff at (805) 963-1633 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the options available.
Because the California Missions Foundation is a secular California nonprofit public benefit corporation, contributions are tax deductible under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The California Missions Foundation Federal Tax Identification Number is: 94-3240152.
Donors wishing to contribute on-line by credit card can use Paypal. To indicate which Mission or site you would like to direct your contribution, simply write the name of the Mission or site in the "Note" section:
California Missions Foundation
PO Box 23035
Santa Barbara, CA 93121
And please remember: Many companies match their employees' charitable donations. Be sure to ask your company's human resources department if your donation can be matched.
Thank you for your interest in the California Missions Foundation.
The Missions Need Your Help
The California Missions provide each of us the opportunity to walk through time. Like California's great Redwoods, the missions are living history. They reflect the work and inspiration of our forefathers, and the dedication and care of succeeding generations to keep these great compounds vibrant, relevant and - perhaps most important - accessible.
Every year millions of Californians and travelers from across the country and around the world visit the missions. Many of them are California school children who can hear, in the echo of their steps on the aged stone floors, the voices and lessons of the past.
If we are to continue making this special experience possible, we need your support. As you navigate through this Website, you will find there is a purpose for and a need to preserve the missions. You can also learn how you can help to financially support the important work of the California Missions Foundation.
With your assistance, we can save the California missions today for tomorrow. We are asking for your help, and we thank all of you for taking an interest in the California missions and in the Foundation.
Board of Directors
California Missions Foundation
The restoration needs of California's 21 missions are great, and while there is significant work under way, there is still much to be done.
The California Missions Foundation is actively working to raise in excess of $50 million for a wide range of projects:
- Seismic retrofitting of mission structures, respecting their historical integrity
- Stabilization of walls
- Sealing and waterproofing adobe
- Improving humidity and temperature controls to protect artwork and artifacts
- Increasing security, surveillance, sensors and/or staffing
- Cleaning and repairing art and artifacts
- Restoring and preserving historic books and manuscripts
- Restoring landscaping
- Improving visitor facilities
- Conducting archaeological research
All of the missions have needs and they are constantly evolving. Earthquakes, weather and the wear from decades of use all take a toll. With the necessary funding, we can conduct the work necessary to assure the missions will continue to serve still more generations of Californians.
Mission San Miguel Arcangel before repairs