Donate to the

Friends of Coronado Historic Site

Special Tax Incentive for donations in 2020.

The CARES Act, which was signed into law in the spring of 2020, included a “partial above the line deduction” for charitable contributions.  This allows people who take the standard deduction — which is $12,400 for single filers and $24,800 for married-filing-jointly in 2020 — to claim a deduction of up to $300 in donations.  

“The only caveat is that the donation must be made directly to charity and it has to be in cash,” rather than stocks or other assets, said Mark Alaimo, CPA and member of the American Institute of CPAs’ personal financial specialist committee.  You can also use a credit card or a check to make your donation.

Keep your records:

If you expect to take a write-off for the cash you’re giving to your favorite charity, make sure you retain any acknowledgement letters or receipts you get in return.

Generally, you can write off a donation of $250 or more if you have written acknowledgement from the charity.

In an age when people use their credit cards to donate to their favorite charities, the “thank you” email you get from the organization is proof of your donation, Alaimo said.

Print out that document or save the e-mail. You’ll need it when you file your taxes next spring.

Link to full article about the 2020 tax law:

CARES Act added a $300 charitable contribution deduction. Here's how it works (

From the President 

The Board of Directors and I thank you for making a donation to the

Friends of Coronado Historic Site. These are exciting times for the

Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Volunteers are helping uncover

the past, providing tours of each historic site, documenting

archaeological artifacts, conducting special programs and events 

and assisting with maintenance activities at Coronado Historic Site. 

For all this I say THANK YOU to the Board and to our supporters. 

Your generosity is making a real difference in supporting the

preservation of both sites and our Mission “to increase awareness

and appreciation of Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites." 


Why You Should Donate

Coronado Historic Site is the location of Kuaua Pueblo, a 700-year 

old indigenous peoples' site, that was visited by Francisco Vasquez

de Coronado and his expedition into New Mexico in 1540. Weather

and time are taking their toll on this earthen historic ruin. Constant

work is needed to preserve it.  The Kuaua pueblo was excavated in

the 1930s by WPA workers, under the direction of qualified

archaeologists. With over 1200 rooms and several kivas, the present

visible remains give barely a hint of the extent of this major pueblo.

Exceptional, unique, one-of-a-kind Native American fresco murals,

recovered from one of the ancestral kivas, are respectfully displayed

in the museum.


The goal of the Friends of Coronado Historic SIte is to help maintain

this uniquely beautiful and historic place and to increase awareness

of the site in the general public, in educational institutions,

throughout New Mexico and the United States. Perhaps the biggest

benefit is the knowledge that your donation supports the continued

restoration and conservation of the world famous murals and

historic site.  We need your help to continue these efforts.  Please donate today.

How to Donate

Simply complete the donation form above and follow the instructions. An alternative is to mail your check to the Friends of Coronado Historic Site or hand deliver your donation to the Sun Father's Gift Shop located at the Coronado Historic Site.   You may specify that the donation is for the scholarship fund or simply to the organization.


Thank You.

Friends of Coronado Historic Site

Attn: Support

485 Kuaua Rd.

Bernalillo, NM  87004