Giving Opportunities at ASM


Donating Objects or Collections

Due to state budget cuts which have resulted in staff layoffs and furloughs, and the added uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret that we are unable to accept donations of collections until further notice. Acquisition commitments that were agreed upon prior to March 2020 will be honored. Please note that, even under normal circumstances, we DO NOT purchase pre-Hispanic objects. Thank you for your understanding. We hope to lift this temporary moratorium soon. Please check back regularly.

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Suzanne L. Eckert, Ph.D.
Head of Collections
Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona
PO Box 210026
Tucson, AZ  85721-0026


Gifts to the ASM Annual Fund will help us weather this one-two punch of budgets cuts compounded by a sudden inability to generate revenue due to COVID-19. Even small gifts makes a big difference. Thank you for caring about ASM's financial health!

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A Number of Ways to Invest in Us

ASM depends on the generosity of members and friends for the essential support it needs to care for collections, create new knowledge, and share resources with the world in many and varied ways. Perhaps one of our current fundraising priorities will inspire you to invest in us even more. Thank you for caring about what we do!   



Priority Area #1: Storage Upgrades for Photographic Collections
ASM is striving to complete much-needed environmental upgrades to preserve its highly prized photographic collection, designated an American Treasure in late 2018. The vision is a secure and controlled multi-climate suite on the third floor of ASM’s north building. This will immediately stabilize ASM's sensitive and at-risk media. It is estimated that this facility will extend the life of a color slide, for example, by one thousand years, ensuring that the entire collection will continue to be available to students, researchers, members of Native American communities, and the general public for centuries to come. The total project budget is $2.2 million. Federal grants in the amounts of $500,000 and $350,000, augmented by in-kind contributions by the University of Arizona, are combining to bring this important initiative within reach. Total need is $900,000. To date, about $200,000 is in hand (cash and pledges). Watch this video about the photographic collections

Priority Area #2: Archaeological Curation and Research Facility
A high priority is an off-campus curation facility in Tucson. Collecting for more than a century and housed in two historic buildings on the University of Arizona campus, ASM is quickly running out of space to curate and facilitate research on archaeological collections recovered from state, county, and municipal lands in Arizona. Continual retrofits, upgrades, and modernizations since the early 2000s have maximized existing space but ASM is at capacity. Nothing more can be done on campus without sacrificing even more space currently devoted to exhibitions and public programs and, thus, harming ASM's ability to share collections with the public. The total project budget is $9.5M. To date, about $1.5M is in hand (cash and pledges).

Priority Area #3: Collections Information System
Having received a federal grant of nearly $300,000, ASM is working to acquire and install a new computerized collections information system (CIS). This new system will not only improve ASM’s ability to manage its vast holdings and serve researchers, it will allow curators to share ASM’s vast and important collections with the public through an interactive website. The goal is to raise $200,000 to cover expenses over the next three years that cannot be paid for by the grant.

Priority Area #4: The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship
The vision is an endowed faculty position shared by the UA School of Anthropology (SoA) and ASM. The incumbent will teach through SoA, using ASM’s collections, and also conduct research and publish on the material culture of the Indigenous peoples of the U.S. Southwest and northewest Mexico. To date, the principal of the endowment fund stands at about $1.4M in cash and pledges. The goal is $3M. The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship was established in 2010 by Tanner’s family, in honor of her 50-year career of teaching, research, publication, and public outreach.

Priority Area #5: Endowment Funds
An investment in any one of ASM's endowment funds will endure forever and help strengthen ASM's financial foundation well into the future: 

  • Advancement Endowment Fund
  • Conservation Laboratory Endowment Fund
  • Ethnological Collections Endowment Fund
  • Exhibits Endowment Fund
  • Library and Archives Endowment Fund
  • Research Endowment Fund
  • Stanley J. Olsen Laboratory of Zooarchaeology Endowment Fund

Priority Area #6: Planned Gifts
There are a number of ways to plan a significant gift and enjoy tax benefits at the same time:

  • Stocks
  • Life Insurance
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Will or Trust 


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Contact Darlene Lizarraga to explore these and other giving opportunities. or 520-626-8381.