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Ways to Support

The Holocaust Survivors who founded the Museum had a vision: use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to inspire visitors and transform them into Upstanders who take action and create positive change. This ideal is clearly articulated in our mission statement: Remember the Past, Transform the Future. There are a range of ways you can support this mission:


Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center relies on generous donors to support events, programs, and educational initiatives.

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Becoming a member is more than a donation – it is a way to help us share the history and lessons of the Holocaust, inspire visitors to become Upstanders, and encourage those visitors to speak out on issues that are important to them and their communities.

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Tribute Gifts

Tribute cards, Tribute Pathway bricks, and Tree of Life plaques are meaningful ways to remember and honor loved ones while supporting the Museum’s mission.

Make A Tribute Gift

Planned Gifts

Consider supporting the Museum in your will with bequests, retirement plans (IRAs), or life insurance policies. By including us in your philanthropic goals, you help guarantee that the Museum will continue to preserve cherished Survivor stories.

Invest in Planned Giving

Exhibition Sponsorship

The Museum offers a calendar of compelling exhibitions that delve deeper into topics of the Holocaust or go broader into areas of human rights and social justice, teaching visitors how to make connections to our world today. Supporting these exhibits help Museum guests connect the past to the current day and become Upstanders rather than bystanders.

See Upcoming Exhibitions

Student Program Sponsorship

From Field Trip Scholarships to student programs, there are many ways to underwrite impactful education initiatives.

Field Trip Scholarship Fund Teaching Trunks Fund VR Teaching Trunks Fund

Special Event Sponsorship

The Museum’s premier special event, the annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, as well as events offered by its Women’s Board and Young Professional Committee, are sponsorship opportunities that support the Museum and its critical work.

More Information About Special Events

The Collection

Your story of survival can inspire the lives of future generations and empower young people to carry on the fight against intolerance, hatred, and antisemitism. Donating your precious items to the Museum will allow us to accurately impart the legacy of Chicagoland and Midwest Survivors and their lost families to Museum visitors.

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