A Four Million Dollar Campaign

Connecting People, Tradition, and History

Now is the time to strengthen Amerind’s future for even more curious scholars, students, artists, and community members to continue learning and exploring. Your campaign support upholds the four pillars of Amerind’s complex work in Research, Arts, Nature, and Preservation.

Campaign Progress: $3,924,536

* As of June 30, 2023

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Our close-knit community made us the multifaceted organization that we are today—your generosity will now carry us far into the future. Thank you.

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Goal: $1,610,000

With over 40,000 cultural objects in our collections and expertise from more than 500 global scholars and Indigenous thinkers, our Research Pillar informs all that we do at Amerind from exhibits to public programing. Our collections are growing in impactful ways, such as the Vander Wagen Family Collection–over 10,000 jewelry items that share the story of 100 years of Zuni and Navajo artistry and tradition. Your gift to the Research Pillar builds on museum collections, research library, museum exhibits, educational programs and outreach, and scholarly discoveries in the vast human story.

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Goal: $285,000

Our Arts Pillar shares beauty, inspiration, connection, and helps us process complex topics through art. Economic and visibility opportunities for Indigenous artists alongside American Western art appreciation shape Arts Pillar themes. Your gift to the Arts Pillar most directly benefits artists and the connections between our audiences and dynamic Indigenous communities.

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Goal: $750,000

The Amerind museum campus is 1,900 acres of pristine high desert grasslands and striking granite boulders. Mostly private property throughout our history, we are expanding in big ways towards broader public access and opportunities to enjoy our beautiful natural resource. Your gift to the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve will help us share even more of our breathtaking environment with you.

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Goal: $1,355,000

With ongoing restoration and modernization needs, Amerind’s historic facilities are a treasure to be preserved. Built between 1930 and 1958, our buildings are a masterpiece of Spanish Colonial Revival design. Your Preservation gift supports the care, restoration, and improvements for our Historic Buildings and campus facilities with dreams of NEW facilities impacting collections, exhibits, and visitation.

We are pleased to help you find ways to support Amerind that are most meaningful to you with personalized naming opportunities.

  • Honor a loved one
  • Endow research, collections, and program support
  • Impactful legacy giving through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, retirement accounts, and bequests

Remembering Amerind in your financial planning is a thoughtful way to share your own personal legacy. Please work with your financial advisors. Amerind staff are also available for additional information and guidance at 520-686-6172 or kholt@amerind.org

2021 - 2023 Amerind Campaign Committee

Laura Brown, Campaign Chair, Board Member
Mary Bernal, Honorary Campaign Co-chair
Ray Bernal, Honorary Campaign Co-chair
Gabriel Ayala, MM
John Davis, Emeritus Board Member
Michael Fassett, MD

Margaret Nelson, PhD
Hank Peck
Cindy Piper, Board Member
Christine Szuter, PhD, Board Member
James Quirk

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Thank you for being a part of Amerind’s story with your generosity and dedication to our future.

“Amerind is part of my family.”