How You Can Help



As a non-profit organization (501(c) (3)), the PBYMF depends on the generous support from individuals and businesses to fulfill its mission. We appreciate your tax deductible gifts to help us continue to preserve history and provide a foundation for lifelong learning.

Gifts of any size help. Many employers match charitable gifts made by their employees and retirees. Check with your employer on the details of making a matching gift. If your employer will match your gift, be sure to include their name with your submission.

Planned Giving

A bequest of money or assets to the PBYMF provides an enduring legacy and will help to ensure the long-term financial stability of the Museum. In all legal documents, please use the Museum’s legal name – “The PBY Memorial Foundation”. For further information please contact Wil Shellenberger, President at (360-240-9500) or send us a message

Artifacts or Mementos

You may have artifacts or mementos related to Naval Aviation during WWII, Korea, Vietnams or the current conflicts in the Middle East and Central Asia. If you are interested in contributing an artifact, please contact Dick Johnson, Accession Manager at PBY- Naval Air Museum at 360-240-9500, write to The PBY Memorial Foundation, PO Box 941, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or send us a message

How Will Your Gift Help?

Collections – Your gift will help the Foundation gather and preserve history for future generations and recognize the achievements and sacrifices of those who came before us.

Exhibits – Your gift will help support exhibits which showcase the many important artifacts in our collection and give visitors close up and, in some cases, interactive hands on experiences with history.

Education – The Museum’s exhibits and programs provide youth groups, school children and community organizations opportunities for in depth learning about PBY Catalina aircraft and all of the follow-on Navy aircraft that contributed to the rich traditions of Naval Aviation history.

There are 3 ways in which to donate individually.  Please choose to donate to our PBY Restoration Fund, Capital Improvement Plan Fund, or Unrestricted Fund.

Make your Unrestricted individual donation now(PayPal account not needed). These donations provide funds which the Board of Trustees can apply to areas of greatest need.

Make your PBY Restoration Fund individual donation now (PayPal account not needed). These donations will be used for the restoration of our PBY-5A Catalina aircraft.

Make your Capital Improvement Plan Fund individual donation now (PayPal account not needed). These donations will be used to prepare for the construction of our future museum facility.


Or print a donation form and mail us your donation  PBYMF Donation Form

Your Privacy

The PBY Memorial Foundation (PBYMF) is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. Therefore:

1. The PBYMF does not sell trade, rent or share names, addresses, telephone numbers or the e-mail address of our donors to any third party.

2. The PBYMF will use contact information of donors for completing a transaction, distributing receipts and thank-you letters, providing information about news and upcoming events, reporting to government agencies (when required by law) and for internal record-keeping purposes only.

3. The PBYMF will, upon request, delete a donor’s name from our solicitation and mailing lists.

4. The PBYMF gives all donors the option to be “anonymous” in any of its fundraising publicity pieces.