Donate and Make a Difference
The Armed Forces History Museum is dedicated to preserving military history and educating students and the public at large of the many sacrifices made to maintain our freedom. We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that relies on individual and corporate financial support to carry out our mission. The museum is committed through its collections and outreach, to being a vital partner in the cultural life of the Tampa Bay and Central Florida communities and strives to achieve this goal through the highest professional standards in keeping with military tradition. The support received also assists with maintaining our extensive exhibits, programs and daily operations.
The museum has a collection of over of 100,000 artifacts currently on display. Your donation assists with offsetting the expense associated with acquiring and maintaining these displays. Because the museum is a not for profit organization, your monetary and/or memorabilia donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. The Armed Forces History Museum is the largest military museum in the Southeast that does not receive any government funding. We rely strictly on donations. Please consider making a donation. Any amount is humbly accepted and greatly appreciated.
NOTE: Personal information gathered by AFHM is kept in confidence and is not distributed to other organizations.
Raytheon executives Tom Cangley (left) and Pat Speake show their support for AFMM with a corporate donation to help cover the cost of the Vietnam Firebase exhibit.
Education and Duffle Bag Sponsorships
You can make a difference!
Sponsor an Educational Program or Duffle Bag Program today!
Knowledge is Power
Give the Gift of Education
Become a part of something unprecedented and give the gift of education and knowledge. At the Armed Forces History Museum, we are committed to preserving military history and providing education to our youth. As they begin to understand the past, they become better equipped to prepare for their future. Introducing: Operation: Education.
Due to the economic climate, the rising costs of transportation and food, and lack of integral history in our school systems, field trips are becoming more and more challenging. The Armed Forces History Museum believes youths should learn about the sacrifices of others in defending the common good, while emphasizing character development and civic virtue. We need your help in providing these critical opportunities.
For just $1,000, you can provide a worthwhile educational field trip to youths in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Tampa Bay region and surrounding counties. During their field trip, they will be led by an educated and knowledgeable docent through Pearl Harbor, the South Pacific, Germany, a French Village and more. Students also receive educational postcards filled with facts about history and our exhibits to take back to the classroom for further learning.
Your tax deductible donation will provide admission to the Armed Forces History Museum, bus transportation for 40+ students and a healthy lunch. Imagine contributing to providing powerful knowledge to our youths. In exchange, you’ll receive exposure via press releases, announcements to institutions of learning, a banner prominently displayed in the Museum the day of your
field trip and a special thank you and certificate from the students.
Join our Operation! Education initiative today. Call Cindy Bosselmann, Director of Marketing & Promotional Events at (727) 539-8371 ext. 106 for your opportunity to give the gift of education. Knowledge is power.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey
DUFFLE BAG SPONSORSHIPS
Also supported by the Pinellas County Director of Social Studies is the AFHM’s Duffle Bag Program. This program is used as a supplement to the classroom about World War I, World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War. The duffle bags were developed as part of the museum’s mission to educate students, in addition to commemorate, acknowledge, and affirm the role played by veterans in America’s military.
Duffle Bag School Supporter - $500
- Free unlimited to the museum for one year* for one individual
- Electronic newsletter
- Six (6) one-day use guest passes*
- Four (4) complimentary tickets to 2 AFHM produced events**
- SHARE program (Thru 12/31/2012)
- Your name embroidered on the AFHM Duffle Bag used for our History in the Classroom program used at schools throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties
* Unlimited admission for individuals and guest passes are good for museum admission only.
** Excludes Golf Tournament and Poker Tournament
If you wish to become a Duffle Bag Sponsor, please contact Cindy Bosselmann at (727) 539-8371 ext. 107 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salute to Service Gallery Displays
Firearms & Ordnance Gallery
WW1 Trench Army Display Case
WW1 Trench Marine Display Case
World War I Trench (Entire Exhibit)
Pearl Harbor/South Pacific/WWII
South Pacific USMC Exhibit
US Navy Gallery
Navy Periscope Exhibit
D-Day Landing Beach/Utah Beach
Korean War Exhibit
Vietnam/Ho Chi Minh Trail
Iraq/Suddam Hussein’s Uniform Display
MiG-21 Supersonic Jet Exhibit
Ask about benefits of being a Display Sponsor.
Volunteer Positions Available
Volunteers are an integral part of the museum and are very important to our success. Volunteers reap wonderful rewards, such as new friends, personal growth, and most of all, the satisfaction that comes from knowing that they have made an important contribution to preserving military history.
There are many volunteer opportunities at The Armed Forces History Museum. We encourage you to contact us to learn more or ask questions. Work schedules can be tailored to fit your availability. Some opportunities available are:
Museum Gallery Guardians: Greets, meets and assist visitors. They are stationed throughout the museum at displays and exhibits. They must have a good, general knowledge of the museum. A thorough orientation, educational materials, instructional video and at least 4 hours training will be provided.
Museum Volunteer Outreach Ambassadors: Represents the museum at outside events including festivals, conventions, and other community events that promote membership and museum information.
Museum Event Assistants: Assists with events on site from set-up to various positions during the event. Most events are in the Officers’ Club, but some are throughout the museum or outside on the grounds.
Administrative Volunteers: Assists with maintaining the organization’s files and records. Can include data input or inventory control.
Museum Store Associates: Assists with retail sales, cleaning and inventory control within the Museum Store. Must have an outgoing personality.
Museum Maintenance Assistants: Assists with keeping the 50,000 sq. ft. museum areas and exhibits clean and safe.
Museum Fundraising Ambassadors: Assist with fundraising activities, ideas and promotions. Research, writing, and event assistance may be needed.
Museum Docents: Docents are the most advanced and knowledgeable about the museum. They serve as museum tour guides and educators. They should have Museum Gallery Guardian experience and their duties may include: meeting and greeting individual visitors, leading them through the museum, and discussing the various displays that are available for viewing. Experience is not necessary but interest and enthusiasm are important. A thorough orientation, educational materials, instructional video and at least 10 hours training will be provided. Military and non-military men and women are welcome.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Application, and fax to 727-524-4967.
*All volunteers are subject to a background screening