Please Donate A Generous Gift To The Museum Now!

The Museum receives no financial backing from the U.S. Navy for its operations, and it is completely dependent on donations from members and visitors to fund its daily operation. Most Museum workers are volunteers who donate their time as docents for visitors, they also maintain, improve, and develop new Museum displays and manage the Museum operation. There are several ways you can donate to Museum and/or become a member of the Foundation. Click the buttons below to securely donate to the Museum Foundation over the Internet.


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If you prefer to donate or become a Museum member by mail, hyperlinks to a Donation Form, a New Building Pledge From, and a Membership Form are provided below for your use. The present building is old, has limited space, and is located on government property which provldes only limited access to the public because it is a highly secure U.S. Navy base. The Museum is in desperate need for a new building outside government property in which to house the Museum. To solve this problem, the Museum is seeking to obtain a new Museum building in Ridgecrest that will provide the general public easier and better access to the Museum. Kern County has generously provided land in Ridgecrest on which to house a new museum building, and the CLMF has engaged an architect and is currently conducting a New Building Fundraising Project.

If you are a generous member or non-member philanthropist, or if you are a generous current or former NAWCWD employee, and you wish to contribute to the new building fund (and we hope you do) to highlight the historic and current critical importance of the work at NAWCWD to our nation's security, please use the hyperlink to the Donation Pledge Form below. The Museum knows that it has unique challenges to achieving our new building fundraising goals. If we are able to gain the participation a large number of the members of the Ridgecrest and China Lake communities, the goal will be quickly reached. We invite you to give a gift that is a "stretch gift" according to your capacity. In addition, we are soliciting funding from interested corporate sponsors. The Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for tax purposes.


To Donate, Please Link To:

                   Membership Options                 Membership Form                  Donation Pledge Form


The Pledge Form is a PDF form that can be printed and mailed to the Museum with your donation pledge and member information. If you would like more information about any of these forms or the new building fund, or you would like donate your time as a volunteer, please call the Museum staff at (760) 939-3530.


Note: The China Lake Museum Foundation is incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit public corporation organized for educational purposes. The Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a charitable organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The pertinent business documents relative to the Foundation's organization and tax status are available for viewing. Additional CLMF documents (Forms 990, yearly audits, and et cetera) can be obtained from the CLMF Business Office.