How you can support
the National Fire Heritage Center?

Thank you for your interest in our work! Please take a moment to read more about how you can support our work to:

Preserve the historical documents of the American fire service.
Facilitate historical review and research to approaches and methods to save human life from destructive fires and mitigate fire losses in the future.

Make a donation.

The NFHC accepts donations through PayPal and by check. Your donation to us is tax-deductible.

If your donation is in memory of an individual or in support of a specific project or cause, please let us know on the PayPal form or in your correspondence to us.

Donations to the National Fire Heritage Center have been made in memory of the following individuals:

Einar Anton Andersen Jr.
Robert C. Barr
Ronald G. Brooks
Everett Brower
Frederick Edward Brower
Raymond Brower
C. Dan Carpenter
Clarence D. Carpenter, Jr.
Sonny Green
Payton N. Harrison

Edward J. Hensley
John W. Hoglund
Alvin York Hurd
Dr. Kristina Kreutzer
Dr. Cortez Lawrence
Roy Lyon
Donald M. Prince
Charles F. Rison
James C. “Robbie” Robertson
Donations made in Robbie Robertson’s name are applied to the NFHC Building Fund

Michael W. Rout
James E. Seavey
Roger Dale Tome
Charles Wills

With PayPal.

Make a donation via PayPal to help support. Your donation to us is tax-deductible. 


By Check to our Mailing address.

National Fire Heritage Center
P.O. Drawer 76
Emmitsburg, MD 21727


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Planned giving.

With a planned gift to the NFHC, you can combine your desire to give to charity with your overall financial, tax and estate planning goals. Your planned gift gives you a special connection with the NFHC. You will help those committed to preserving the history of the American fire service, for now and for years to come.

Charitable bequests
Charitable bequests can allow donors to make significant contributions to the NFHC that they would not have been able to make during life while reducing estate tax liabilities. Bequests by a will may provide the NFHC with a specific dollar amount or property, a percentage of the estate, a residual amount, or a contingency bequest.

Appreciated securities
A popular alternative to cash is the gift of appreciated securities. Generally, in addition to receiving an income tax deduction for the full, fair market value of the stock, the donor avoids any potential tax on the capital gain of the securities assuming the appropriate holding period has been satisfied.

Other opportunities
Other opportunities, such as Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, gifts of real estate with or without retained life interests, or life insurance can also be an attractive and suitable means of donating to the NFHC.

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