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    State seal of the Texas Historical CommissionThe Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC) is a closely affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to raise private philanthropic dollars to support the programs, projects, and activities of the Texas Historical Commission (THC). With thousands of historical properties including homes, museums, forts, battlefields, archeological sites, cemeteries, and more across the state of Texas to preserve and protect, private dollars for public education, interpretive material, and special project support are essential to the ability of the THC to meet its mission.

    Donations can be made to Friends of the Texas Historical Commission as part of the Texas Heroes annual gifts program, or in support of one of our many ongoing programs and projects, including the Preservation Scholars Program, the Texas Archeological Stewardship Network, the Courthouse Stewardship Program, the Real Places Conference, or in support of the Texas Historical Commission's twenty-two State Historic Sites

    Our purpose is exclusively charitable. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. View our IRS letter of tax deductibility (PDF) or visit Guidestar for further organizational information about the Friends of the THC.

    All gifts, in all forms, are important to the Friends of the THC. Whether you make a gift of cash, stock, or another asset, you can direct your gift to any area of the THC that interests you. Additionally, a gift of all forms may be made in honor or memory of someone special or to celebrate an achievement. Honorees or family members will be notified of the gift, and a receipt for tax purposes will be sent to donors.

    The following information explains the many ways you can support the work of the Texas Historical Commission through a gift to FTHC.

    • Become a Texas Hero

      In keeping with the spirit of the old west hero, the Friends formed a special group of philanthropists—the Texas Heroes—who provide financial support to preserve Texas history.

    • Tribute Gifts

      There is no better way to honor or memorialize that special person than by making a gift in their name.

    • Endowments

      When you create an endowment, you can honor someone important to you while providing permanent support to THC. The money is invested, and each year a distribution is made from the endowment to support the program or area of your choice.

    • Gifts of Stock

      Gifts of appreciated securities and closely held stock can be extremely beneficial — both to you and to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. Proceeds from the sale of these assets are directed to any program you wish.

    • Matching Gifts

      You may be able to double or even triple your gift to the Friends of the THC. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to increase charitable contributions made by their employees.

    • Corporate Sponsorship

      The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission work with companies to design a program that meets their specific philanthropic, marketing, and public relations objectives.