The Quilt Index is an open access, digital repository of thousands of images, stories and information about quilts and their makers drawn from hundreds of public and private collections around the world.

The Quilt Index is a digital humanities research and education project of Michigan State University's Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences. Contributions to the Quilt Index are tax-deductible through Michigan State University.


Click on the links above to fill out either an "Online Contribution Form" or a "Printable Contribution Form". The "Online Form" registers you using a secure server and your credit card information. Alternatively you can send a check or money order made out to the Quilt Index, along with the completed "Printable Contribution Form" to The Quilt Index c/o Matrix, 288 Farm Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1045. If you have any questions, comments, please email:


A separate entry form is needed for each contribution. To be able to read the printable forms, you must have Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader.

How do your funds help?

They ensure the day-to-day management of the project as well as to underwrite the continual development of new tools and resources to make the Quilt Index even more useful to users.

How is the on-going addition of quilts and major new initiatives supported?

New additions of individual quilts and quilt collections is supported by grants and by contracts with and donations from institutions and individuals who hold collections. The Quilt Index management team is constantly seeking grant support to advance new major directions of the Index.

Where did the funding come from to initially develop the Index?

The initial development of The Quilt Index was made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services plus the in-kind contributions of the Michigan State University, The Alliance for American Quilts, and Matrix: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online. See copies of initial grants and grant reports.

How is the Index supported now?

Currently the primary funds to support the Index come from in-kind contributions of staff and services provided by Michigan State University, interest from the Quilt Index's growing endowment, and grants with additional support from donors like you.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. Michigan State University is a 501(c)3 organization and contributions to the Quilt Index qualify for a charitable tax deduction as well as recognition in Michigan State University's donor societies.

Can I contribute directly through payroll deduction?

If you are an MSU employee, you may contribute directly through payroll deduction.

Is my donation eligible for a corporate matching gift program?

Contributions may also be eligible for some employee corporate matching- gift programs. Matching gift forms may be sent to The Quilt Index c/o Matrix, 288 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824-1045.

Interested in Planned Giving options? More questions?

Contact Marsha MacDowell, Director, The Quilt Index