Our Charge

At the Bush Center, we strive to make the world a better place. We promote policies that are essential for a strong American economy. We fight to ensure every child has access to quality education. We cultivate the belief that ingrained in every human being is the desire to be free.

We improve the health and well-being of veterans and military families by setting the conditions for a successful transition and their continued leadership as civilians. We support women around the world to be catalysts for change. We develop the leaders of tomorrow.

With your partnership and support, A Charge to Keep guarantees that the vibrancy and impact of the Bush Center's work will advance these timeless principles and carry forth for generations to come.

Support Our Work

The George W. Bush Presidential Center relies on the support of our generous friends, members, and donors to promote the principles that have guided President and Mrs. Bush throughout their lives.

Membership

Members receive complimentary admission to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, as well as advanced notice and reduced ticket prices for all Engage events.

  • Individual
    $50/yr
  • Dual
    $85/yr
  • Family
    $150/yr
  • Associate
    $500/yr
  • Patron
    $1,000/yr

Giving Societies

By joining a giving society, you'll be granted exclusive access to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, its special events, and more.

  • Patriot Circle
    $5,000
  • Leadership Circle*
    $25,000
  • President's Council*
    $100,000
  • Sustaining Benefactors*
    $1,000,000
  • Freedom Hall Society
  • *Multiyear pledges available at these giving levels.
  • +Each level of support will receive benefits provided at subsequent levels. All gifts are fully tax-deductible.

Explore Our Work

Through our three Impact Centers—Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda—we focus on developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today's most pressing challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why A Charge to Keep?

A Charge to Keep is the name of one of President Bush's favorite hymns and the name of a painting he proudly displayed in the Oval Office. Both are reminders of the call to serve a cause greater than self.

What does this campaign go to support?

A Charge to Keep will endow the work being done at the George W. Bush Institute. The work that President and Mrs. Bush started during their time in the White House has been passionately continued here at the Institute. We work to develop leaders, advance policy, and take action to solve today's most pressing challenges. Click here to learn more about our work.

What is the return on the endowment fund?

With a carefully determined spending rate of 4.5% from the endowment to general operations, the endowment is being managed in a fiscally-conservative manner which encourages a target net return of 7% on investment.

How will the endowment campaign get the Bush Center to a sustainable financial position?

After examining each program's needs and anticipated fundraising revenue, the Bush Center has carefully determined a campaign goal of $300M that consists of an additional $250M of endowment funding plus $50M in operational funding. At the conclusion of the campaign, a fully funded endowment will be sufficient to support 50% of our operating budget. Combined with our earned income from museum and library operations, the Bush Center annual giving need will only comprise 33% of the estimated annual budget. That healthy ratio of annual fund need will allow the Bush Center to always be topical and responsive to our constituencies and ensure our programming does not go stale.

What is the policy on gifts of stocks, estate gifts, mineral deposits, and real estate?

We would be happy to accept your donation in the form of stocks, estate gifts, mineral deposits, and real estate. Please contact the Bush Foundation at 214.200.4300 for information on how to make a gift of this nature.

Do I get name recognition with my gift?

Any gift of $50 or more is recognized in our Freedom Registry. However, we are pleased to permanently display the generosity of our major donors at various locations at the Bush Institute to be unveiled at the conclusion of the campaign. For more information on permanent naming opportunities, please contact the Bush Foundation at 214.200.4300.

Are there any benefits associated with donations?

We are pleased to thank our generous supporters in various ways depending on the level of their gift. Please click here for more information.

Can I pledge my gift over several years?

Yes, any gift $25,000 or more may be pledged and paid over a limited period of time. Please contact the Bush Foundation at 214.200.4300 for more information on pledging your gift.