Support the Battleship!

USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial was started with a single gift when the US Navy donated the World War II battleship to the State. A second gift from the people of North Carolina – including the nickels and dimes of school children – brought the ship home to Wilmington. For more than 60 years, we have hosted millions of visitors from around the world. That is the power of a single gift!

Generations Donations

Generations donations support Battleship Projects, Restoration, Education, and Maritime Initiatives. Help us commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country and inspire future generations.

Tribute Donations

Personalize your gift by paying tribute to the life and legacy of someone special. Donate in Honor of Service, in Memoriam of Passing, or in Celebration of a life Achievement! Tribute proceeds support our Generations Campaign.

Visit Projects to learn about past and planned gift-supported Battleship successes!

More Ways To Give

Explore more ways to support your passion for history, honor those who serve, inspire future generations to service, or leave a lasting legacy. Find your best way to support the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. For additional information, contact the Battleship’s Development Director.

★ Mail-In Gifts ★

Checks written to Friends of Battleship NC are tax-deductible as allowed by law. To benefit the Battleship, write “Generations” in the Memo line OR complete a Battleship Donor Form and mail it with a check to: 1 Battleship Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401.

➣ Employer Matching Gift

Increase the impact of your monetary gift through your employer’s matching gift program. Whether currently employed or retired, your employer may have programs to match charitable donations, while your employer benefits through unrestricted tax-deductible contributions. Ask your employer if they have a Matching Gift Program!

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

➣ Corporate Sponsorship & Foundation Gift

There is no better place for your Company or Foundation to be seen than at the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. Corporate and foundation donors provide critical funding for our Projects, Activities, and Programs. Become a corporate donor, make a foundation gift, or sponsor an event. Receive recognition at events and on our website, publications, and social media. Contact the Battleship’s Development Director for information on corporate sponsorship, foundation support, or to sponsor an event.

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

➣ Community Partners

Establish a partnership with the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial to connect our brand with your products or events. Examples of Community Partners include local McDonald’s offering Big Macs for the Battleship or Front Street Brewery in promoting Battleship Pacific IPA. For information on community partnerships that share a percent of profits to support our Generations Campaign, contact the Battleship’s Development Director.

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

Estate Gifts ⤵

✦ Bequest Gift

Plan for the future and leave a lasting legacy. A bequest is a gift made through an existing or new will or living trust as a set amount or percent of an estate that is transferred after the donor’s death. Bequest gifts are easy to make, flexible to change, and cost nothing during the donor’s lifetime. Contact the Battleship’s Development Director for information on including the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in your will or estate plan.

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✦ Beneficiary Designation Gift

Beneficiary designations can be made on your IRA, 401K, banking, brokerage, or life insurance accounts when donors designate the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial beneficiary of these types of accounts. Proceeds are distributed directly to the Battleship upon the donor’s death. Like bequests, beneficiary designations are among the most simple and flexible of planned giving options. They allow ongoing use of your accounts and designation changes for any reason. They keep assets outside of probate and may reduce estate taxes. We encourage you to speak with your financial or tax advisor for questions about beneficiary designation gifts.

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

✦ Individual Retirement Account Gift

Meet your Required Minimum Distributions or take Qualified Charitable Distributions without incurring taxable income. Funds must be transferred directly to the recipient; withdrawing funds first will result in a tax penalty. Required Minimum Distributions can be made by qualifying donors as a direct transfer from an IRA to the USS North Carolina Battleship. Qualified Charitable Distributions must be made to the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina with a Generations Campaign designation. Up-to-date information regarding IRA distributions is available on the IRS website. We encourage you to speak with your financial tax advisor for questions about IRA distributions.

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

✦ Appreciated Securities Gift

Gifts of publicly traded securities that you have held for longer than 12 months can be transferred to the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina to allow you to claim a charitable deduction for the full market value of the securities on the date the gift is made while avoiding capital gains tax. The Friends will then sell the securities and transfer the proceeds to the donor-designated Battleship Generations Campaign. We encourage you to speak with your financial or tax advisor for questions about gifts of securities.

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

✦ Real Estate Gift

Donors can make a gift of real estate to the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission. This removes a large taxable asset from the donor’s estate and provides an income tax deduction equal to the appraised fair market value of the property, with no capital gains tax due on the transfer. Contact the Battleship’s Development Director for additional information on real estate gifts and, as always, speak with your financial or tax advisor about gifts of real estate.

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

How Your Gift is Received

Online donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law because they are received by the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legally organized solely to accept gifts exclusively for public purposes that help the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial fulfill its Mission.

(Federal Tax Identification Number: 58-1074102).

Mail-In checks written to Friends of Battleship NC are tax-deductible. To benefit the Battleship, write “Generations” in the Memo line or complete a Battleship Donor Form and mail it with your check to:

1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Read the Donor Bill of Rights.

The Impact of Your Gift

The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial receives no regular government funding. Visitors keep the gangway open, and donors ensure our long-term success by helping us sustain programs, complete restorations, and tackle our most urgent needs. Donors safeguard the ‘ship-shape’ of our historic vessel, secure access to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, and support a rich visitor experience.

View the impact previous gifts have made to the success of the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial at Projects.

Thank you for YOUR support of Battleship Memorial!

The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial is a testimonial to those who continue to give their lives in support of our freedom today. Your donations actively support this National Historic Landmark and treasured monument as a powerful place to share our history and introduce the call to duty–to teach, to learn, to serve.