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Charitable Donations

Make your tax-deductible charitable contributions here. The Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your financial donation is 100% tax-deductible. Your contribution will help us continue our mission to preserve the past and inspire future generations through science and technology.

Dear Community & Friends of the Cradle;

We hope this finds you and your family coping well with this very challenging year. Challenging is probably an understatement for what we have all had to deal with in 2020. We also want to thank you for your continuing support of the museum.

At the Cradle, like any not-for-profit institution, we have struggled to stay afloat. Despite not being able to reopen until July we have been able to offer a variety of virtual programs that serve to entertain and educate. In fact, we have made contact with school groups locally as well as from around the world interested in the museum’s collection. Virtual museum tours, educator-led live programs, and events like “Spooky Science Night”, has kept the museum in front of thousands of people.

Since our opening in July, we have experienced a slow but steady increase in attendance as visitors become more comfortable with going indoors. The Cradle benefits from having large open spaces and we have created an extremely safe environment for everyone that includes constant cleaning and social distancing throughout the museum.

We have taken the steps necessary to reduce our costs through fewer days of operation and staff reductions. But with all of our revenue streams being affected we need your help.

This year we are asking for everyone that cares about the museum to give as much as you can so we can continue to preserve and protect this unique legacy that is the Cradle of Aviation. Your support will not only help us survive but will help us thrive in the “new normal” that we are all facing.

Thank you for your help and our best wishes to you and your family for the upcoming holidays and we hope most importantly that you stay safe.


Michael Stromer
Board Chair

Penelope Kokkinides

Andrew Parton

Here are some ways to help the Cradle:

  • Make a Donation
  • Purchase, Renew or Gift a Membership
  • Shop our online store for unique collectibles and gifts
  • Write a review on Google
  • Start a Fundraiser on Facebook (select Museums at Mitchel - that's us!)
  • Share one of our Facebook posts and add a Donate button (select Museums at Mitchel)
  • Shop at Amazon Smile (select Cradle of Aviation Museum)
  • Support our GoFundMe Campaign
  • Let others know that you support the Cradle and our mission to preserve aviation and aerospace history and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders to dream big

Thank you for your support. We look forward to reopening and serving you. 

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The Cradle of Aviation Museum is a registered 501(c)(3) and your charitable contribution is 100% tax-deductible. Your donation will help support our education programs and preservation efforts. Please use the secure form below or call 516-572-4066 or 516-572-4026 (Monday through Friday, 10:00-4:00).

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