Planned Giving

Leaving Your Western Legacy

Contributing to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum through a planned – gift helps you create a philanthropic legacy much more meaningful than you had imagined.

Many individuals have found gifts through their estate plans to be an excellent way to support the Museum while enjoying estate-planning opportunities that minimize federal and state taxes. The wide degree of flexibility permitted in arranging a gift plan while still obtaining a favorable tax benefit makes such gifts popular estate planning tools and a wonderful way to preserve and share our Western Heritage as they create their own Western Legacy.

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(Photographs courtesy of the Dickinson Research Center: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum)


Your Western Legacy Gift at Work

Western Legacy gifts strengthen the Museum’s endowment, provide much-needed annual income, and support its curatorial efforts, collection and educational programs. By including the Museum in your estate-plan you can achieve the goals that are important to you—to benefit yourself, your family, and an institution that you value and believe in. A gift through your estate is invested in the Museum’s endowment and will continue to grow in perpetuity.

What is an Endowment?

An endowment is a permanent fund established to provide annual support for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The endowment principal is invested and the earnings from the principal are used annually to provide the much-needed funding to continue the works of the Museum.

Ways to Create Your Western Legacy

Your estate is the sum of your assets, including cash on hand, retirement accounts, appreciated assets such as stock, insurance policies, property you own and your personal belongings. Some people may have large estates, but even people who aren’t wealthy often have the resources to make a planned gift through their will and establish their Western Legacy.


Gifts Anyone Can Make

Please click on the icon below to access the different ways you can leave your Western Legacy.


We are pleased to speak with you in confidence about the opportunities available to support the Museum. We are also happy to share more information with you about planned-gifts and how they can meet your personal, financial and philanthropic goals.

For more Information about planned-gifts and leaving your Western Legacy please contact (405) 478-2250 ext. 288 or

Western Heritage Legacy Society

The Western Heritage Legacy Society was established in 1994 as a way to recognize donors who indicate they have included the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in their estate plans. Although no formal documentation is required, the Museum appreciates the opportunity to recognize individuals who have considered the Museum in their plans.