Endowments contribute to the long-term financial health of the museum, because we use only the interest of an endowment and allow the principal to keep growing.  By giving to an endowment, you help the museum continue to serve its mission far into the future. 

Make your gift online through the University of Oregon Foundation, choosing among the following museum endowment funds:

  • The MNCH PaleoIndian Research Endowment provides support for PaleoIndian (prior to 7500 years ago) archaeological research.  The endowment primarily funds research focused in North America, but it may also support research in areas where ancestors or descendants of PaleoIndian peoples may have lived, such as northeast Asia and South America. To learn more, download our fact sheet about PaleoIndian research at the MNCH.
  • The Patricia Krier Education Endowment supports interpretive and educational programs for youth, families, the UO community, and the wider public - with special emphasis on traditionally underserved audiences. 
  • The Director's Endowment provides support for educational and scholarly endeavors at MNCH, at the discretion of the Executive Director.
  • The Faculty Endowment supports the work of the museum's Executive Director, funding professional travel, undergraduate or graduate student assistantships, equipment, and other support services.

To find out more about endowments contact Erin Hart, Associate Director of Development, at (541) 346-2467 or erinhart@uoregon.edu.