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Support of Cultural Institutions

Museum of the City of New York
212-534-1672
At the Museum of the City of New York, which preserves and presents 400 years of Gotham history, a mere $50 donation gets you membership privileges like free admission, discounts on store merchandise, and invitations to the spring and fall receptions.

New York City Ballet
212-870-5682
Contributions to the New York City Ballet are put toward the cost of 23 weeks of performances, the creation of new works, and funding educational programs. A $1,500 donation gets you access to house seats for popular performances. Give $5,000 or more, and you'll also be invited to private receptions and dinners with the dancers.

New York City Opera
212-870-5624
Sixty-year-old New York City Opera is known for nurturing young, up-and-coming artists -- Renée Fleming launched her career here -- and for its affordable tickets (they start at $27). Donors can earmark where their money goes -- to production, rehearsals, or artists' fees. Contributors of $10,000 or more can snag special invitations to parties such as Brooke and Peter Duchin's annual bash thrown at their apartment.

New York Foundation for the Arts
Founded in 1971, the NYFA provides artists with financial backing and exposes the public to their work. Your donation will fall into an annual pool of more than $11 million given in grants, services and fellowships to over 150 New York artists.

Brooklyn Public Library
Keep the borough's neighborhood libraries strong: One way is to get a memorial book plate, placed in a volume permanently with a contribution of $50 or more.

New York Philharmonic
212-875-5683
By giving money to the New York Philharmonic, America's oldest orchestra, donors help defray costs of commissioning new works and bringing music to the non-paying public. Money goes toward tours, free concerts in the park, radio broadcasts, as well as general operating expenses. Patrons who give $75 are invited to attend rehearsals.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
This non-profit organization was founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In addition, the Foundation has created an endowment to maintain the monuments and created the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and The American Family Immigration History Center™.

You can also make a donation using Membership Rewards points at americanexpress.com or 1-800-AXP-EARN.