Osceola History was established in 1949, and for more than 70 years we have provided educational, research, and recreational opportunities to foster an understanding of the area’s cultural and natural heritage.
As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Osceola History relies upon its members and the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide needed support for our operations. Your gift will help ensure we continue to fulfill our mission to preserve and share Osceola County’s history with future generations.
Osceola History accepts charitable gifts by check and credit card; in the form of securities, life insurance and real estate; as bequests and from qualified retirement plans. Many companies match charitable gifts made by current employees and retirees; an appropriate form from the employer should accompany a qualifying donor’s gift.
Some methods of charitable giving may have significant estate planning and tax benefits for the donor. An Osceola History representative along with your financial or legal advisor can help you decide what type of gift would be most appropriate for you and your family.
If you would like to discuss giving options, please contact
Executive Director Kimberly Murray
(407) 396-8644, ext. 8
Gifts to Osceola History are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Osceola History’s founding more than 70 years ago and its continued growth has been possible due to donations. In its early years the organization collected and preserved historical documents, books, and photographs. More artifacts were added to the collection as space allowed. In 1987, the Spence family donated their home on Bass Road to the organization, giving Osceola History a permanent location that led to the establishment of the Pioneer Enrichment Center. Since then the Lanier, Tyson and Cadman families have generously donated buildings that help make up Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. Your contribution will help preserve these buildings, care for the artifacts, and provide opportunities to share Osceola County’s history with residents and visitors.
Ways to Give
Eighty percent (80%) or more of all planned giving is in the form of simple bequests in the donor’s will, but there are many potentially very valuable ways to make a planned gift. Determining what type of planned gift is right for you is just as important as making the gift.
Bequest by Will
The wording for a bequest in a donor’s will is straightforward. Below is a sample you can share with your attorney or estate planner.
“I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Osceola County Historical Society, or its successors in interest, with offices at 4155 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34746, Federal Tax ID #, the sum of $X (amount written out), exclusive of my lifetime donations, if any, to be used for Osceola County Historical Society’s most urgent priorities as determined by its board of trustees in their sole discretion.”
- Appreciated securities
- Real estate
- By will or living trust
- Qualified retirement plans
- Life insurance
- 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans
- Individual Retirement Accounts – including Roth, traditional, SEP, SIMPLE
- Commercial annuities
- Checking and savings accounts
- Brokerage accounts
If you prefer to donate now rather than a planned gift for the future, please click here to contribute to our annual Friends & Family investor program.