Endowment Fund

Since its founding in 1991, The Central Sierra Historical Society and Museum has grown steadily through the strong financial support of the community and tireless efforts of volunteers.

Over the years, we’ve earned the trust and respect of our supporters by having committed, responsible and capable leadership.

What is an endowment?

An endowment is a fund where only a portion of the interest may be accessed and utilized. The larger the endowment fund, the more money may be applied to programs, education, scholarships, exhibits and operations.

As the fund grows, the future of the museum transitions from a year-to-year challenge to a self-sustaining model.

Much more than just a museum

We are committed to educating visitors about science and technology in the context of history, culture and the human experience.


Over 30 community events from May to October, 2021


More than 1,000 students have experienced our STEM education programs.


Over 10,000 visitors a year

Donation matching for a limited time...

Help build a better community and strengthen the public’s understanding of the Sierra while instilling a sense of heritage and respect for history and nature.

Your gift to the Museum of the Sierra Endowment Fund is a lasting, perpetual gift and an opportunity for your generosity to live on forever.

Our immediate goal is reaching the million dollar mark but we ask you to consider:

  • Gifting stocks and bonds (in many cases, avoid capital gains!)
  • A tax deduction option when withdrawing a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)
  • Estate planning and wills. (You live on forever through your gift.)