Support The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy’s Preservation Work

How you can help preserve lighthouses

Become a Member or Donate with giving, real estate and matching gifts

Become A Member

Perfect for you or as a gift for someone you love, our memberships offer something unique to individuals, families and companies looking to support our vital cause and make a deep impact with charitable contributions. All funds support restoration. Membership benefits include exclusive lighthouse events and experiences, gift shop discounts and free unlimited tower climb admissions.

Your donation helps preserve and protect the lighthouses and keep them open for thousands of visitors every year. Please consider an individual or family membership, a donation, or a contribution in honor or in memory of a loved one. Help protect this history for future generations. You Can Help Make a Difference with Your Tax-Deductible Membership or Donation!

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Membership in the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy

Friends of the Muskegon Lights in addition to the benefits below you will also be apart of the following:

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    Learn about the history of the Muskegon Lights

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    Newsletter to include historic and current events

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    Free admission to the Muskegon Lights

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    Provide the funding needed to restore the lights.

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    Feel the excitement of seeing the lights restored and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

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    Enjoy the fellowship of being a member in a dedicated group to support the lights.

Membership Programs

Membership levels are meant to meet your financial needs. Your planned giving is deeply appreciated and a crucial part of the longevity of this organization and our preservation efforts. Many members join simply as a desire to support our mission, but others come to be a Lighthouse Keeper in Muskegon and open the light for visitors, yet others want to do maintenance or provide other services that are needed for the lights, whatever your skill, please contact us to see how we can help preserve the lights together. Please take the time to fill out a membership or donation form for the lights, we are grateful for your support.

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Membership Programs

Volunteer Keeper Program

MLC Volunteer Lighthouse Keeper Individual
$15

Annual Unlimited Pass for one. Unlimited MLC Volunteer opportunities.

One Free Guest Pass. Requested to work 2 shifts minimum per season.

$15
MLC Volunteer Lighthouse Keeper Duo
$25

(Spouses, Siblings or Domestic Partnerships)

Annual Unlimited Pass for both Volunteer Keepers. Unlimited MLC Volunteer opportunities. Two Free Guest Passes. Requested to work 2 shifts minimum per season

$25

Individual & Family Membership Programs

Student Keeper or Veteran Keeper
$25

(age 18 and under, or Veteran of Armed Forces)
Annual Unlimited Pass for one. One Free Guest Pass.

$25
Individual Keeper
$35

Annual Unlimited Pass for one. One Free Guest Pass for single entrance.

$35
Keeper Duo
$50

Annual Unlimited Pass for two. Two Free Guest Passes for single entrance.

$50
Family of Lighthouse Keepers
$65

Annual Unlimited Pass for four. Four Free Guest Passes for single entrance.

$65
District Inspector
$100

Annual Unlimited Pass for four. Four Free Guest Passes for two entrances.

$100
District Superintendent
$250

Annual Unlimited Pass for four. Four Free Guest Passes for three entrances

$250
Commissioner of Lights
$500

Annual Unlimited Pass for four. Four Free Guest Passes for four entrances.

$500

Corporate Member Programs

All Corporate Member Levels include varying levels of Member Recognition in the MSPL tower, on the MLC website and will include additional thanks and listing on social media, with links and logo when available. All Corporate Membership levels include Guest Passes and additional benefits. 

Thank you for your support! Just complete our safe and secure online form to help support the lights:

Business Partner
$250

2 Unlimited Annual Family Passes for a full season
1 Private Lighthouse Tour Experience for up to five people
Lighthouse Ornament, sent along with membership package

$250
Bronze Business Sponsor
$500

3 Unlimited Annual Family Passes for a full season
2 Private Lighthouse Tour Experiences for up to five people, scheduled at your convenience
Lighthouse Model, sent along with membership package Bronze Level Recognition Plaque created to honor donation and be hung within the Tower

$500
Silver Business Sponsor
$1,000

4 Unlimited Annual Family Passes for a full season
1 Private Lighthouse Tour Experience for up to 20 people, scheduled at your convenience
VIP Lighthouse Private Sunset Tour for 25 with staff
Lighthouse Model, sent along with membership package
Silver Level Recognition Plaque created to honor donation and be hung within the Tower or planned donor plaza

$1,000
Gold Business Sponsor
$5,000

20 Unlimited Annual Family Passes for a full season
Lighthouse Pier Access for an evening corporate event for up to 50 people, details TBD
Lighthouse Model, sent along with membership package
Gold Level Recognition Plaque created to honor donation and be hung within the Tower or planned donor plaza

$5,000

Ways to donate

Legal Designation:

If you wish to name The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy in your will or estate plan

You can leave real estate or vacant property with the MLC to help support our mission.

If you wish to name The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy in your will or estate plan, we should be named as: The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of Michigan, with principal business address of PO Box 973, Fenton, MI. 48430.

Tax ID:
Our tax identification number is: 38-2569827
Date of Incorporation: September 21st, 2000

At The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy, all unrestricted charitable gifts are used strategically to support top mission priorities. If you have a more specific purpose in mind, please contact us at: (810) 750-9236 to ensure that we can meet your wishes. Whether you choose to restrict a gift or not, your support will help us achieve our preservation and educational goals for future generations to enjoy.

One-Time or Monthly Donations

One-time donations are important to keeping the MLC prospering!  Monthly donations help give the MLC a solid base of dependable income, which enables us to plan our preservation goals for the year with confidence. Convenient monthly giving also enables you to make your donation in easy-to-manage amounts. The MLC will send you one tax receipt for the total amount of your donation for the year.

By giving a monthly donation, you are providing essential funding for the organizational initiatives that have been identified as needing the most support. This is a great way for you to support the mission of the MLC.

In Memoriam or In Honor of…

To honor a friend or relative who has passed or to honor someone you admire today, why not pay tribute to them through an In Memoriam or an In Honor Of gift donation.

We will send a special notification to each of your chosen recipients to let them know of your generosity. To make a donation in memory of or in honor of someone, please fill out the requested information below, print and mail in the form. Please be prepared to provide the names and addresses for anyone you'd like to be notified about your gift, as well as the name of the person being honored.

This is a great way to honor someone special with your support of the MLC mission! You don’t have to be a member to honor someone. If you want your gift to remain anonymous, you can do that to!

Matching Gifts

You can support the mission of The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy where you work by donating to The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy via your workplace matching gift programs

Many companies, both big and small, may double (or sometimes triple) the value of donations made to The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy by their employees, employees' spouses, or even retirees. There's no additional cost to you and these matching gifts make it easy to support our mission by providing a stable flow of support for our work. (Please ask your company if they participate first)

How Workplace Matching Gifts Work

There's no additional cost to you and these matching gifts provide much needed funds, as we work to fulfill our preservation and educational missions. Matching your gift is easy. First, just donate to the The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy as you normally would.

Then, print off a Company Matching Gift form to take with you to your company. Type or print your company's name and address into the boxes as well as your name for submitting it. If you donated online, please print off and take with you or e-mail your electronic receipt to your company.

Now, go to your companies Human Resource Department, Marketing Manager or person in charge of corporate giving with your donation receipt and company matching gift form and ask them to have your company sign up to match your donation to The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy. It’s that easy!