Gifts in Your Will

Gifts in Your Will

At the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge we firmly believe that, in planning your estate, it is important to first consider your family before any other gifts are considered. After your wishes for your family have been documented, then and only then would we ask that you consider adding a gift in your will for the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

If you choose to provide a gift in your will, we would be very honored and grateful. A planned gift to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will help further the mission of the museum to enrich the lives of children, inspiring them to learn, play and grow. Gifts can made in one of two ways, either 1) to our endowment at the East Tennessee Foundation, or 2) directly to the Children’s Museum. Please contact Beth Shea, Executive Director, at 865-482-1074 or, to let us know of your gift and plan in either case. It is especially important that you contact us to discuss a gift if it involves a specific exhibit or program or if it is a donation such as artwork or other property. It is easiest for the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge to administer gifts that are unrestricted and that can be used for general needs for the advancement of programs and exhibits. Please note that, for certain types of donations such as real property or interest in a partnership type of business, the Children’s Museum may require indemnification against liability.

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We have made many changes over the years in order to improve the Museum. The following are some of the recent additions and changes at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge:

  • Rocket Room, featuring the Mars landscape, scheduled for opening Fall 2014
  • Living Light solar house, acquired from the University of Tennessee, 2014
  • Waterworks Exhibit, remodeled in 2012-2013, and Franky the Tugboat, completed 2013
  • New sign and lighting, 2013
  • New parking lot, completed in 2011
  • Kids Go Green! Environmental Center and Gardens, completed and open to visitors in 2011

In order to make a gift to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, we suggest that you contact your financial advisor to discuss methods of giving. In order to help you find information online, the following are some links that will help get you started.

East Tennessee Foundation, Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge Endowment:
625 Market Street, Suite 1400
Knoxville, TN 37902
Voice (865) 524-1223
Toll-free 1(877) 524-1223
FAX (865) 637-6039

Planned Giving, how to give at Leave a Legacy

Wall Street Journal article

For additional information, please contact:

Beth Shea, Executive Director
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
461 West Outer Drive
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-1074