When you support our mission, you help us celebrate life. Czech life. Slovak life. American life.

You help us provide relevant and innovative exhibits, programming, educational initiatives, and outreach that sustains our ability to keep telling stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity. Together we connect yesterday with today and tomorrow.

Donations can now be marked as a Preservationist Donation, which is split equally and directed towards our Curatorial and Library funds.

Any unrestricted donation you make to the NCSML of $250 or more includes a Sustaining Level Membership.

Any unrestricted donation or multiple donations totaling $1,000 in a given year automatically qualifies for President’s Society, which includes an invitation to our President’s Society Preciosa Gala.

Support our mission through a tax-deductible donation that fits your lifestyle:

Monthly Giving

The benefits:

  • It’s hassle-free! We’ll automatically take care of your withdrawal so you won’t need to remember it.
  • This is an eco-friendly giving option. No printed forms and no postage involved!
  • An annual tax receipt each January, documenting cumulative gifts for the calendar year.
  • The satisfaction of knowing your monthly gift goes to a good cause.

Common Questions:

What is the NCSML Clockwork Donors program?

Our NCSML Clockwork Donors give to the NCSML on a monthly basis, allowing them to make smaller gifts over a longer period of time and making a large impact on the NCSML mission! The Clockwork Donors program is easy to use; just sign up on our Monthly Giving form, and we will begin your monthly withdrawals for the amount you set.

How do I sign up?

On our Monthly Giving Form, or by contacting us as 319-362-8500 or email info@ncsml.org to set up payment.

What if my credit card expires or changes?

If your credit card expires or changes, please call 319-362-8500 or email info@ncsml.org. If your credit card cannot be charged, we will send you a notice to update your information.

How can I give?

At this time, monthly giving is available on credit cards: Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. Gifts of this kind must be at least $5 or more per month. The donor may choose to help cover the credit card processing cost, allowing 100 percent of their gift to go to the NCSML.

How can I change or stop my monthly giving?

You can change or stop your monthly giving any time. Simply contact the NCSML and notify us of your plans to cancel or change the amount your gift, and we will add the appropriate stop-date to your payments. Please call 319-362-8500 or email info@ncsml.org.

Planned Giving

Share your passion. Inspire others. Create your legacy.

Join the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s Legacy Society with the planned gift that supports the future of the NCSML’s mission. Most planned gifts offer a form of estate charitable tax deduction, and can be given as unrestricted or designated gift. We can work with you and your financial advisors to identify the best plan for you. Call us at 319-362-8500 or email info@ncsml.org to learn more.

Planned Giving Options

Any planned gift qualifies you for membership in the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Legacy Society, which includes an invitation to an annual, exclusive brunch honoring those invested in our future.

Wills and Bequests: These are the easiest and most common legacy gifts, and usually involve naming the NCSML as a beneficiary in your will or trust. Types of bequests may include a specific amount or a specific asset, a percentage of your estate or trust, or the balance of your estate or trust after gifts to other beneficiaries have been made.

Charitable Remainder Trust: A legal trust is created providing you and/or your loved one(s) a regular fixed payment for a specified period of time or for life. Income, capital gains, and/or estates taxes can be reduced or eliminated. At the conclusion of the period of time, or upon your death, the remaining assets within the trust transfer to the NCSML.

Charitable Gift Annuity: This is similar to Charitable Trusts, but simpler. With a charitable gift annuity, you transfer cash or marketable securities to the NCSML and, in return, the NCSML issues an annuity contract to pay a fixed payment for life to you and/or your beneficiary. Upon your or your beneficiary’s death, the fund transfers to benefit the NCSML.

Gifts of Life Insurance: There are a number of ways to utilize life insurance as a planned giving tool. The most common include, but are not limited to, donating a policy’s accumulated cash value, listing the NCSML as a beneficiary, or assigning ownership of a policy listing the NCSML as that policy’s beneficiary.

Gifts of Appreciated Stock: Making a gift of appreciated securities can provide you with significant tax benefits. One benefit is that you do not pay the capital gains tax on the appreciation that otherwise would have been required had you first sold the stock and then made a cash gift.

Current Legacy Society Members

John (2017) and Joyce Anderson
Lloyd and Joan Baird
Daniel Baldwin
Bill and Lu Barta Barron
Henrietta S. Bartizal* (2008)
Ed Baum (2018)
Robert Baumruk* (2013)
LeeAnn Benischek*
Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret*
Francis F. (1999) and Mary N. (2016) Bozanek
Terry L. Brosh*
Ernie and Joanne Buresh*
Sandra J. Buresh* (2012)
Velma Burian (2009)
Janet Byars
Marie Cada (2012)
Amy Jo Carbaugh
John Chadima (2020)
Blanche Cuhel (2013)
Thomas and Elizabeth DeBoom
George L. (2013) and Evelyn M. (2016) Dlask*
Joan Elliott-Green (2016)
John and Cheryl Elliott
Joyce Faltis-Serenil
David and JoAnn Faribault
Veronica Hall Frost*
Donald and Irene Hamous*
Margaret Haupt (2016)
John Hayek (2014)
Robert Hejkal (2019)
Thomas Paul Hruska
Paula Hughart
Alicia Dee Dvorak Jackson
Marie Jadrnicek (2013)
James and Sheri Jandik
Eleanor Jewett (2006)
Ray Jiruska (2007)

Kenneth (2015) and Mildred (2006) Johnson*
Eugene (2021) and Beverly Kadlec
Kristine Kadlec
George (2006) and Louise (2012) Kalous*
Walter A. (1977) and Ida K. (2001) Kansky
Robert F. and Janis L. Kazimour
Marianne Klinsky (2013)
Irene Konecny* (2020)
Anthony and Cathy Korvas*
Edwin T. Kral (2007)
Grace Helen Krob (2009)
Margaret Rae Krska (2014)
John Albert Kuba*
Theodore (2020) and Margaret (2016) Kubicek
David Kubicek
Robert and Caroline (2010) Kucharski*
Mary Jo Langer (2013)
Dr. Vera Laska* (2005)
Tom and Joanne Lautenschlager
Jirina M. LaVine (2015)
Paul and Kathy LaVine
Roger (2000) and Thea Leslie
Doris S. Looney (2007)
Judith Lovaas
George Machacek* (2007)
Gene and Sharon Machacek*
James and Carolyn McAuliffe
Janelle Votroubek McClain
Helen Evelyn McKee (2008)
Ernest A. Melichar
Guenter (2013) and Donna Merkle
Ann Michaels
Steve Michalicek
Wallace (2017) and Betty (2010) Milden*
Frank and Cheryle Mitvalsky*
Leo (2011) and Irma (2008) Modracek*
Isabel D. Morrison* (2009)

Dennis and Gail Naughton
George J. (Max) Nexera, Jr.* (2010)
Victor and Janice (2017) Nexera
Duane M. and Kay Nesetril
Jerry Netolicky (2012)
Margaret Netolicky (2015)
Frank W. Novotny* (2004)
Deborah O’Connor
Milo Pecina (2006)
Robert Petrik
Henrietta Bartizal Pons
Marc-Andre Pons
Marv and Bonnie Rohlena
Cecilia Rokusek
Jack (2019) and Jackie (2009) Roland*
Gary R. Rozek
Sharon Schweitzer
William D. Severa
Carolyn Shimek (2011)
Kyle Skogman
Ray Snitil (2020)
Leni Lee Stasny (2013)
Ester Belle Steinbach (2018)
Merle Sykora
Ben H. Thieme*
Robert and Rita Tomanek
Edward J. (2005) and Carol (2020) Vavra
Dorothy Votroubek (2019)
Doug and Lori Wenzel
Jason and Leslie Wright
Gary Zabokrtsky
Leora E. Zahorik* (2018)
Jerome (2018) and Anna M. (2018) Zajic*
Ariston Joseph (2010) and Marge Ziskovsky*

*Denotes Charter Member. List is current as of 3/19/21.

President's Society

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is grateful for the support of its annual giving society members. President’s Society members support the NCSML’s ambitious programming, world-class exhibitions, and educational initiatives.

The President’s Society honors those individuals who give $1,000 or more annually to support the mission and programs of the NCSML. Members of the President’s Society will receive an invitation to the President’s Society Preciosa Gala scheduled in the spring of each year.

This Society is the museum’s chance to recognize and show appreciation for the members and donors who support the NCSML at this highest levels. The Society offers unique benefits above and beyond those of the average donor or member, and our hope is that Society members find this society meaningful and informative.

President’s Society Members 2023

Joyce Anderson
Connie Arens
Roger and Angie Baker
Josef Bartusek
Rick Martin and Kay Birnbaum
Amber Bohlen
Leroy and Paula Bradway
Joanne Buresh
Chris and Michele Burke
Annette Cerny
David and Lijun Chadima
Anna Cookova
Sharon Curtis
JoAn Dake Mann
Tom and Beth DeBoom
Ron and Peg Detweiler
Mary Ann Vorisek Dilla and William N. Dilla
Joan Corbett and Tom Dine
George and Beth Drost
Jim and Denise Erusha
Steven Fager
Diane and Dennis Flynn
Gloria and Thomas Fox
Lee Freeman
Anne Gillespie
Tony and Magda Golobic
Richard and June Grosser
Beach Hall
Bruce and Barbara Hamous
Irene Hamous
Scott and Marie Hamsik
Robert D. Becker and Diane Handler

Karen Ann Helwig
Todd Hendricks
Martin and Tatiana Izakovic
Mark Jansa
Paul Jasa
Robert F. and Janis L. Kazimour
Shea and Emily Kelly
Anthony and Cathy Korvas
Pamela Kotval
Mary Ann Kucera
Kenneth Kvitek
Donald and Eleanor Longer
Vera and Kenneth Ludwigsen
Eugene and Sharon Machacek
John and Joan McAvoy
Janelle and George McClain
Matt and Kelly McCoy
Pat and Mary Kay McGrath
M.L. Folkedahl-Meehleder and Steve Meehleder
Ernest A. and Rose Marie Melichar
Steven Michalicek
Jim and Rose Milden
Frank and Cheryle Mitvalsky
Josh and Tami Moore
Sue Plotz Olson and Ron Olson
Michele Patrick
Robert Petrik
Jacob Pipkin
Zuzana Plesa
Henrietta Pons

Sue and Ronald Reider
Louise Riggio
Blanka Roberts
Charles Rohde
Cecilia Rokusek
Gary R. and Cathy Rozek
Jim and Sara Sauter
Duffy and Belva Schamberger
Barbara Schmitz
Sharon Schweitzer
Vanessa Vegara and Joseph Seliga
Michael Seng
Kyle and Susan Skogman
Vladimir Steffel
Ludvik Svoboda
Merle Sykora
Robert and Rita Tomanek
Ted and Cathy Townsend
Lida Urbanek
Bob Vancura
Bev Vesely
Jan Vintrlik and Monika Vintrilikova
Lori S. and Doug Wenzel
Peter and Cynthia Winkler
Chad and Amanda Zenisek
Steve and Betsy Zlatos
Barbara Zrostlik Beyer

As of 4/13/23

Dedication Paver
Paver $250

Celebrate important people in your life at an organization that celebrates life. This is a perfect place to honor relatives, family members, teachers, friends and others you admire, appreciate and love.

Honor others by placing their names among the pavers in the NCSML Heritage Garden. Limit of 35 characters, including spaces, per line and three lines. Pavers are installed once a year, normally in Spring.

Wall of Tribute Plaque Listing $500

Have your loved one’s name join the others who have been honored on our Wall of Tribute or share an important message of pride and love here.

Add your chosen names to the NCSML Wall of Tribute Plaque located in Founder’s Hall. Limit of 35 characters, including spaces, per line and three lines.

Friends of Sleger House $500

Honor your ancestors of any cultural background at Sleger Home as a commemoration to the courage, hope and commitment they exhibited to make a new life in America.

Associate your name or that of a loved one with the popular Sleger Immigrant Home. The Friends fund will support the maintenance of this important historic artifact.

theater seat
Theater Seat $1000
(30 available)

Choose this special gathering place at the NCSML to honor someone in the place where guests and visitors watch movies and presentations.

NCSML Theater Seat dedications have a special price during the Dedication Drive. Less than 30 seats are available for naming. Limit of 35 characters, including spaces, per line and three lines.

Picnic Table $2500
(Six available)

Think of that special person for whom sitting outside brought them joy, or for whom picnics held fond memories.

Six picnic tables are available as dedication opportunities. They will be installed Spring 2020. Limit of 35 characters, including spaces, per line and three lines.

Slovo Magazine Sponsorship $10,000
(One available per issue; two issues per year)

Our premier magazine is a unique and special place to honor your family, loved ones, organization or culture with a special message specially designed for you as the back cover of an issue.

You get the full back cover to honor someone special. A professional designer will create a cover you will be proud of. You will also receive a framed set of the front and back covers of your issue. All members receive this award-winning magazine. Contact us for upcoming issue themes to align with honorees’ story.