The Kansas City Automotive Museum is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, not-for-profit, charitable organization. Currently, our interim location features more than 30 vehicles in a 12,000 square foot display space, all of which belong to private collections from the Kansas City area. The Museum also highlights significant Kansas City automotive history, such as 1965 Le Mans winner Masten Gregory (the "Kansas City Flash"), the Ford Winchester Plant, and Greenlease Cadillac.
It has been an incredible journey since the Museum opened its doors in June 2014. We have had many accomplishments, but have also faced some challenges. The Museum exists today because of the many people, organizations, and businesses that believe in it and support its efforts.
We invite you to continue your support by joining our expanding Museum family. Your donation will help ensure the Museum remains an integral part of Kansas City’s automotive history.
It is our mission to entertain and educate all generations through the preservation, promotion, and display of Kansas City’s rich automotive heritage. In order to meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity and support of others.
Donations help sustain our organization and benefit the community we try so diligently to preserve. Your commitment to support our annual giving campaign will help us meet our goal of $400,000 for 2017. Donations received fund educational programs (ex. Boy Scouts, school groups and workshops), exhibits (ex. Masten Gregory, Drive-in, and Car Club Corner), and community based events (ex. Cars & Coffee at the Museum).
Our dream, like much of the Kansas City car community, is to keep classic cars in the forefront of our city’s history. Please help us continue Kansas City’s automotive story.
Planned Giving FAQ
What are the different ways to support the Museum through planned giving?
The Museum currently accepts three planned giving options:
Bequest by Will
Bequest by Trust
What is an Outright Gift?
An Outright Gift is a gift of cash to the Museum. Outright gifts are the most direct way to give to the Kansas City Automotive Museum.
Individuals can make a cash gift to the Museum by sending a check or money order to the address below:
Kansas City Automotive Museum
Attn: Planned Giving
15095 West 116th Street
Olathe, Kansas 66062
Cash gifts are fully deductible for those individuals who itemize charitable gifts on their federal income tax return.
In addition to cash, the Kansas City Automotive Museum accepts gifts of vehicles of any make and year. More information on Vehicle Donations can be found here.
What is a Bequest?
A bequest is a gift from your estate via will or trust. The most common gifts to nonprofit beneficiaries are cash, securities, and real
property including homes and personal property. A bequest to the Kansas City Automotive Museum is fully deductible for federal estate tax purposes, and there is no limit on the deduction your estate can claim. In addition, the gift is usually exempt from state inheritance taxes.
Is a Bequest the right fit for me?
Donors often choose a bequest because:
It is not payable until death, so it does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime.
It is revocable- you can change the provisions in your will or trust as you see fit
It is private- your will is not filed or made public until your death
How do I include the Museum in my Will or Trust?
To leave the Museum a specific amount or percentage of your estate or a specific asset, please include the following language in your Will or Trust:
"I give (insert amount, percentage, or description of asset here) to the Kansas City Automotive Museum, to be administered in accordance with and subject to the governing instruments of the Organization."
To leave the Museum your entire estate, or if you want to give us whatever is remaining in your estate-after all of your gifts to other individuals and entities have been distributed, please include the following language in your Will or Trust:
"I give the remainder of my estate, of whatsoever kind and nature, including all property over which I may have a power of appointment at my death, to the Kansas City Automotive Museum to be administered in accordance with and subject to the governing instruments of the Organization."
To leave us a specific amount with restrictions (e.g. to maintain exhibits), please include the following language in your Will or Trust:
"It is my desire that my bequest be used to (insert desired use here). In the event that it becomes unnecessary, impractical or impossible to utilize my bequest for such a purpose, the Kansas City Automotive Museum shall have the right to utilize my bequest for such other charitable purposes as the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Automotive Museum deem appropriate.
What is the difference between a will or trust?
A will is your instruction for how you want your property distributed. It is a revocable, private document that only takes effect after your death. A revocable trust is an entity that holds assets during your lifetime, then transfers ownership of them-or benefit from them- upon your death. There is no difference between wills and trusts in how they make charitable transfers.
I do not have a Will or Trust. Where should I get one?
We recommend you consult an estate planning or probate attorney for creation or amendments.
What if I already have a will or trust?
You can amend a will or trust to make a gift without rewriting the entire document. Your attorney can prepare a simple document, called a codicil, which adds a new bequest to the Museum reaffirming the other terms of your will. Similarly, an attorney can prepare an amendment to a revocable trust to add the Kansas City Automotive Museum as a beneficiary.
I would like to donate in the future. Do I need to notify the Museum of my future gift?
We ask that if you intend to leave a future gift to the Museum that you notify us by filling out the Notice of Planned Gift form.
I still have further questions, who can I speak with?
You are welcome to call the Museum with any questions regarding your future gift. We do, however, encourage all donors to consult a professional.