Support the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum relies on the generosity of individuals, like you, to fund our educational programs, restoration projects, create and enhance exhibits and much more. The Museum is not supported in any way by regular grants from city, county, state or federal sources.

Your support will help continue the Hornets mission to educate visitors, young and old, about WWII, Naval Aviation, Space Exploration and beyond.

Ways to Give

Help the USS Hornet Museum meet its goals with a donation today!

Checks may be mailed to:
Donations Office
USS Hornet Museum
P.O. Box 460
Alameda, CA 94501

For more information on making a donation, please contact our Development Manager at: (510) 521-8448 x 286 or email:

Many companies participate in a matching-gift program for charitable gifts made by their employees. Check with your employer’s Human Resources Department to see if your generosity will be made even greater through a match by your employer.

For more information on making a donation, please contact our Development Manager at: (510) 521-8448 x 286 or email

Donations of appreciated stock may be a tax-wise way to make a contribution. You may be able to make a larger donation than with a cash contribution and these gifts usually provide savings on capital gains taxes. Depending upon your individual tax situation, you may receive an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stocks. Be sure to discuss this type of donation with your financial advisor or broker.

In order to facilitate the transfer of securities, please have your stock broker contact the Museum’s financial advisor, Debborah S. Knowles at Edward Jones Financial Services, (510)749-0403,

Visionary donors can ensure our plans to expand restoration efforts, improve and increase exhibits, and provide quality educational programs by including the USS Hornet Museum in your overall estate plan.

Include the USS Hornet Museum in your will in the following ways:

  • Designate a specific dollar amount to be directed to the USS Hornet Museum
  • Designate a specific percentage of your estate to be directed to the USS Hornet Museum
  • Designate the “remainder” portion of your estate that is left over after all other obligations and provisions have been addressed.

Professional financial advisors can provide you with additional estate planning options that are appropriate for your individual situation. Be sure to contact your own financial advisor or attorney to discuss any implications a charitable contribution may have on your taxes or final estate.

Matured Life Insurance Policy

If you own a paid up life insurance policy that is no longer needed for its original purposes, you may donate the policy to the donation programs by transferring ownership to Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation (our formal IRS designation). Generally, the donor will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the cash surrender value. Discuss this option with your insurance agent or financial advisor.

Real Estate

Given the dynamic real estate market over the past several years, a donation of real estate may be beneficial to you. The USS Hornet Museum will consider on a case-by-case basis accepting the gift of a home, vacation property, condominium, rental units, undeveloped land, or other real estate.

To discuss donations of real estate, please email Armando Zumaya, our Chief Development Officer, or call him 510-521-8448 ext. 307

Donors who own paid up life insurance policies no longer needed for their original purpose may donate the policy by transferring ownership to the USS Hornet Museum. Generally, the donor will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the cash surrender value. Discuss this option with your insurance agent.

Affiliated Giving Programs

If you have a car, boat, RV, or trailer that you would like to donate to a worthy cause, please think about the Hornet.

All the paperwork (smog certificates, registration, etc.) will be handled for you. Your car will even be towed if it is not running. And, of course, you get a nice tax deduction for your donation.

Please call Car Donation Services at 888-686-4483 for more information and to make arrangements for a pickup, or visit their web site any time HERE.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support The USS Hornet Museum every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Museum.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Complete program details can be seen HERE.

When you sign up with AmazonSmile do your ‘charity search’ on USS Hornet Musem and select us.

The USS Hornet Museum would like to invite you to participate in our online eScrip program. This is the longest running, most successful shop-to-fundraiser “electronic scrip” program in the Unites States. eScrip has helped raised millions of dollars nation wide. There is no fee to join the program – register TODAY!

Catch the spirit of giving back!

Please take a few moments and register with the eScrip Program.

  1. Go to
  2. Click “new Membership” and follow the easy registration steps

ID number: 500025228

Group name is: USS Hornet Museum–ACHF

The good people that run the Save Mart family stores (Lucky, Save Mart Supermarkets, S-Mart Foods, and FoodMaxx) have a donation program called S.H.A.R.E.S. (Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education & Sports) that could not be easier to participate in.

Whenever you shop at any of the Save Mart stores mentioned above, just swipe the program card during checkout (before payment) and as much as 3% of your total purchase will be donated to the USS Hornet Museum. Certain items you may buy are not eligible for the donation calculation, such as event tickets, postage stamps, fuel, liquor discounts and sales tax. Your receipt will show the amount of the donation that will be forwarded to us on a quarterly basis.

To get your free S.H.A.R.E.S. program card email us at with your name and address, or call us at (510) 521-8448 ext. 414

Artifact Donation Information

If you have items you are wishing to donate to the USS Hornet Museum’s permanent collection, please contact the Museum Department.

Holly Gallagher
Director of Museum Collections and Exhibitions
(510) 521-8448 ext 239