We greatly appreciate your willingness to donate to the Museum. Vacuum tubes have immense importance and are icons of the modern age. Vacuum tubes especially play a very special role as the foundation of all electronics. The Museum fulfills the vital need to preserve everything that documents vacuum tubes as very important parts of our civilization and our culture for current and future generations. Donations to the Museum are fully tax-deductible. Please let us know if you would like a tax deduction letter to file with your return.



Help our preservation and presentations of vacuum tubes, vacuum tube artifacts, and especially our educational and scientific programs. Your tax-deductible gifts are also wonderful ways to honor or memorialize someone. Contributions of $1,000 or more are published in our annual list of Donors. Significant Donors will be listed on brass plaques prominently displayed in the Museum's facilities. There are many ways you can help with contributions:

Individuals and organizations may donate cash to the Museums. Donations are tax deductible according to your local laws. Checks should be made payable to "International Vacuum Tube Museum" and mailed to: The Museums8547 East Arapahoe Road J200Greenwood Village, CO 80112 To wire a donation, please email us for instructions.

The Museum can accept donations of real estate assets of every kind: Commercial buildingsResidential propertiesWarehousesApartmentsFlex spaceBuilding lotsIndustrial propertiesCo-located commercial buildingsCommercial building complexesCondominiumsVacant landFarmlandHotelsMixed-use propertiesMulti-family propertiesOffice buildingsTimesharesUndeveloped land

Computer hardware, including laptops, tablets, desktops, servers, workstations, monitors and all types of ancillary equipment data storage, network equipment, printers and scanners Computer software, unused or with freely-transferable licenses, office suites, scientific software, operating systems, graphics software, developer tools, educations software, etc. Vehicles Artwork Advertising and public-relations services Writing services Legal, accounting and insurance services Travel packages and tours Consulting services Tools and equipment to outfit several shops for metal, wood and plastics work Electronic equipment and apparatus to outfit several scientific laboratories Mechanical equipment to outfit several mechanical workshops and laboratories Telephone systems Library and museum equipment Books Furniture Book printing and book binding equipment Photographic equipment, still cameras, video cameras, lights, processing equipment and software (formats: digital 35 mm, medium format, large format) Supplies and materials of all types

The Museums accept artifacts from ancient times to the present day. We collect a wide variety of artifacts from those used centuries ago to today. Each potential donation is reviewed to evaluate its appropriateness for the permanent collection. Artifacts accepted into the collections generally have either a telescope or a vacuum tube connection, a history of where it came from, who made it, who used it, how it was used, when it was used, etc. Donations for the Museums can be physical or in electronic formats: AdvertisementsArchitectural documentsArchival materialsArticlesArtAudio recordingsAwardsBooksBrochuresButtonsCalibration documentsCertificatesClippingsCorrespondenceDesignsDesign dataDirectoriesEducational itemsEngineering documentsExhibitsFilmsFlyersHandbooksHistorical recordsHistoriesImagesJournalsLaboratory equipmentLedgersLettersLiteratureMagazinesManualsManuscriptsManufacturing equipmentMotion picture filmNews magazinesNews photographsNewslettersNewspaper advertisementsNotebooksPamphletsPapersPatchesPensPeriodicalsPersonal effects (from noteworthy vacuum tube people)PhotographsPostcardsPostersPress releasesPromotional itemsRadiosReportsResearch equipmentRostersSales demonstrationsScrapbooksScriptsSignsSlidesSouvenirsSpecificationsStationaryTelegramsTest equipmentTest proceduresToysTranscriptsTreatisesVideotapeVisual artsWatches

For Individual Donors: Avoid or diminish capital gainsReceive a charitable tax deductionEliminate selling problemsSimple to transfer ownershipNo real estate feesPossible income through an annuityPhilanthropic goals are met For Companies: Companies are often challenged when trying to liquidate properties in a timely manner while meeting legal guidelines or regulations. For example, negative cash flow properties can create an excellent exit strategy for companies while simultaneously helping the Museums. Advantages include: Expensive unused or underused properties can be eliminatedExcess contribution amounts may be carried forward for up to five yearsDonations may be times for the best advantageDonations produce excellent public relations Real estate can often easily be worth more as a tax deduction. Gifting of real estate can be accomplished in many different ways, depending on the Donors’ goals. Outright gifting is easiest and most straightforward method of donating real estate assets. The Donors benefit by taking the full appraised value of the asset as a tax deduction at the time of the title transfer to the Museums. Donors also have the benefit of determining the timing of the asset disposal and can mitigate costly delays in transferring title. Another option is bargain sales, where Donors deduct the difference between the market price and the sales price while receiving part of the equity at the same time. Another option is using charitable remainder trusts, which can be structured with the real estate being a funding source. Typically with this method, Donors deed properties into an irrevocable trust and receive an income stream, and avoid capital gains taxes while receiving cash flow. At the end of the trust the Museums receive the remaining assets. Other methods include bequests, retained life estates, and other estate planning methods that can benefit the Museums. Other benefits that Donors can gain include elimination of management responsibility, relief from capital gains taxes; reduction of federal, state, and transfer taxes; and income streams, marketing opportunities, referrals, and positive public relations exposure. There are many non-productive real estate assets that are difficult to move. While a specific value may be justified, the ultimate sales price for such properties is typically far below. Gifting that real estate to the Museums can easily be the best exit strategy, and not just for monetary reasons, but also considering timing, economics, and public relations. 

The Museums acknowledge all donations received via proper letters for your tax deductions, including lists of your donations and dates confirming receipt. To discuss your donations, please contact us. Donations to the Museums may be tax-deductible to the full market value or fair market value. By Federal law, the Museums are not permitted to appraise donations for tax or other purposes. Donations must have clear title and be free of copyright restrictions. Once the Museums accept your donation it will become property of the Museums and we will send you a Deed of Gift to legally transfer ownership of your donation to the Museums. If we cannot accept items, we will notify you and try to recommend an appropriate museum which may be interested in your donation. You will have 30 days to make arrangement to retrieve your items, after which the Museums reserve the right to dispose of the items.