*This information provided by the City of Greeley Museums is not financial, tax or legal advice. You should consult your financial advisors before making your charitable giving decisions.

Special Considerations

Contact us about restricting your bequest to the specific City of Greeley Museums program of your choice. We have many projects, both short-term and ongoing, at the Greeley Museums for which we seek support. We can tell you about all the available options today.

Planned Giving

If you are considering a bequest, be aware that other gift types – such as an outright donation of real estate, a charitable remainder trust, or a retained life estate arrangement involving a personal residence – may be suitable or preferable, taking into account your goals and needs.

Of course, arranging a gift for the City of Greeley Museums through some other element of an estate plan – e.g., including our organization as a beneficiary of a financial, retirement, or life insurance asset – is also an act of considerable generosity that many people can afford even if a large lifetime gift is not realistic.

Direct your confidential inquiries and notifications about legacy gifts to:

Dan Perry, Museums Manager
970-350-9218

Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator
970-350-9217

 

Loans & Donations

Interested in donating or loaning an item to the City of Greeley Museums? If you have an item that relates to Greeley, Weld County and/or Northeastern Colorado and potentially has historic relevance, please contact the Museum’s Registrar JoAnna Luth Stull at 970-350-9250. Appointments with the registrar must be made in advance for items to be considered. 

We accept artifacts that help tell a compelling story not covered by other artifacts in our collection. Artifacts must be in good condition. Books may be considered if they meet our mission and enhance our ability to research existing collections. Potential donations are assessed by the Greeley Museums’ Acquisitions Committee, comprised of museum staff and citizen board members.

To help expedite the donation process, please have the following ready: information about the original owner, names of people who used the item and when (circa dates), the artifact’s size and condition, and a current photograph of the item. Early photos of the item are helpful, but not required.

Items dropped off at any Greeley Museum site without being pre-arranged with the Registrar are considered abandoned property, subject to Colorado Statute (CRS 38-14). These items will likely have to be destroyed.

Moratorium on Acquisitions

The City of Greeley Museums has enacted a temporary moratorium for collections acquisitions. This is a large endeavor and necessary to provide proper care for items in our collection. The purpose of the City of Greeley Museums is to preserve and interpret the history of the Colorado high plains region with emphasis on the City of Greeley and Weld County. Over the years, the collections have grown to include items that fall outside of the City of Greeley Museums’ mission.

The purpose of the moratorium is to cull collections and refocus resources on items that meet the museum’s mission. Once complete, staff for the City of Greeley Museums will be able to better allocate facilities and resources for the security and preservation of all collection items falling within the museum’s mission.

Bequests and Legacy Gifts

You have the power to make a lasting impact on the City of Greeley Museums through a bequest or through other planned giving. Our hope is that you will let us know about your planned gift so we can recognize you accordingly. Please consider the City of Greeley Museums in your estate planning today.

A bequest is the most common type of planned gift, but it requires special language that must be included in a properly executed will or trust devised by your attorney. Our suggested language for an unrestricted bequest to the Greeley Museums is provided below. If you wish to restrict how the Greeley Museums uses your gift, that language may also be included; please contact us for an amendable gift agreement that documents your intent. Below is language that we suggest using in your estate planning document(s).

Suggested Bequest Language*
A bequest is the most common type of planned gift, but it requires special language that must be included in a properly executed will or trust devised by your attorney. Our suggested language for an unrestricted bequest to the Greeley Museums is provided below. If you wish to restrict how the Greeley Museums uses your gift, that language may also be included; please contact us for an amendable gift agreement that documents your intent. Below is language that we suggest using in your estate planning document(s).
Bequest of Specific Sum
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, $__[include amount here]__, for its general uses and purposes.”
Bequest of Specific Asset(s)
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley CO, __[list asset (s) and/or description(s) here]__, for its general uses and purposes.”
Percentage Bequest
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, ____% of the rest and residue of my estate, for its general uses and purposes.”
Residuary Bequest
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, the rest and residue of my estate, for its general uses and purposes.”
Contingent Bequest
“In the event that (name or names, i.e., spouse, children, sibling, heirs) shall not survive me, or shall die during the administration of my estate, within ___ days from the date of my death, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give, devise, and bequeath those beneficiaries’ shares of my estate to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, for its general uses and purposes.””

Not everyone in Weld County is directly involved with cattle, but everyone ought to know that the cattle industry has been BIG here since the earliest years of our history and has touched every aspect of life in our communities. Cattle ranching, breeding, feeding, buying and selling, shipping – could probably be called our “origin story”, the story of men who shaped our economy and way of life. What about the women, you ask? They have worked alongside the men every step of the way!

On February 17, 1955, women joined forces to form the Weld County Cow Belles. Their original bylaws called for them merely to “help the men’s organization” – the Weld County Livestock Association. By 1984, there were 80+ members independently engaged in educational and promotional activities for the beef industry. The Cow Belles also provided college scholarships, ran informational booths at the National Western Stock Show and the Weld County Farm Show, and through monthly meetings provided social support and education for its members.

In 1988, after 40 years of being known as the Colorado Cow Belles, the State chapter voted to change its name to Colorado Cattle Women, Inc. It was left to local chapters to follow suit or not. Can you imagine the discussion and debate? Some preferred the old name, some were tired of “cow belly” and “ding dong” jokes, some appreciated the more professional image of Cattle Women over Cow Belles. We don’t have a written record of the decision, but since the late 80s, the Cow Belles have been named the Weld County Cattle Women, working together to educate, promote, and protect the cattle industry.
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