What do you think? A year ago, I was in a charitable mood and donated to a lot of patriotic organizations, the Smithsonian being one. I took advantage of my donation by getting free admission to the Smithsonian this summer (this is a joke, everyone gets in free !). While taking a guided tour, I asked about funding and was surprised to learn the bulk (I think 70%) of the museum's funding is from the guvment. This is contrary to places like Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon, which survive on public donations. The reason I mention this is they are asking private donors for more money, and I can pdf the letter saying what a financial crunch they are in, please help. However, at the same time when money is scarce and the US budget is shrinking, they are building a brand new building specifically to house an African American museum. Would your business, your restaurant, your office, beg for money from donors and guvment while expanding operations? Quite literally, my letter mentioned in one paragraph how the Smithsonian can't keep their current exhibits open, then the next paragraph mentions their upcoming new museum they want to build.