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Donate $25 or more and receive a FREE ampersand mask!

Help your museum weather the COVID-19 crisis!

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Help us fulfill our mission and reopen safely!

When you donate $25 or more, you will receive a FREE cloth ampersand mask! The mask will be shipped to you.

How LASM has been impacted by COVID-19 so far:

  • Projected $380,000 loss in earned income by June 2020 and numerous staff lay-offs due to temporary closure to the public

New laws as a result of the CARES Act making it easier and more advantageous than ever to give to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations:

  • Individuals can take a $300 above-the-line deduction for cash contributions to charities, regardless of whether or not the individual itemizes deductions
  • For individuals that itemize, the 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI) limit that previously applied for qualifying cash contributions to public charities will not apply for 2020. Individuals will be eligible for a deduction of up to 100% of AGI for 2020 for qualifying cash contributions
  • For further information, please consult your accountant

What LASM has done to serve our community with limited resources:

  • Developed virtual-lasm.org, an online library of at home art and science activities, videos, and blogs, designed to educate, entertain, and inspire multigenerational audiences with an emphasis on schoolchildren
  • Virtual-lasm.org is now being used to comfort and engage patients, caregivers, and staff at Baton Rouge General Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake
  • Created new programs such as We Need Our Space: LIVE, hosted by the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, and translated community favorites such as The Traveling Trunk Show and Stargazing to a virtual platform

Other ways you can help:

THANK YOU for your generosity and support during these trying times. We can make it through this crisis TOGETHER!