The National Orphan Train Complex is a 501c3 non-profit and does not receive any funding from federal or local taxes. We operate completely off of grants and your donations. Here are a few ways you can help keep alive the story of the Orphan Train Riders here at NOTC:

Become a Friend of NOTC

One of the best ways to donate is to join our membership program and become a Friend of NOTC! For more information, click here.

One-Time Donations

We use donations to care for our facilities and collections, develop new exhibits, pay our staff, and host our annual Celebration. These donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to make a one-time or recurring donation, please email or call (785)243-4471.

Fall Wish List

Each year, we compile a small list of specific items we could use at NOTC. Click here for our latest Wish List. It may also be found on our Facebook page, in your email inbox, and with our fall edition of Crossroads.

Sponsor a Window Shade

Sponsor a Brick in the NOTC Courtyard

Sponsor a brick for the National Orphan Train Complex courtyard! Bricks are $100 each, and allow for two lines of lettering. Each line can accommodate 13 total characters (including spaces). Bricks will be fired once a year, in May. To order, please contact for the order form, and return it via email ( or mail (address listed on form).


Did you know that it costs $120 just to open the door on the Complex everyday? This includes utilities, insurance, maintenance, and salary for our curator. It doesn’t include any exhibit updates or enhancements.

Recognize the birthday of your Rider (or any other special person), your anniversary, or a Rider’s departure date by adopting a day at NOTC. Names will be recognized on the special date in the Orphan Train Museum, on our Facebook page, and on the NOTC website.

Download the Adopt-A-Day form to get started.
Note: The form can be filled out electronically, or printed out and hand-written.

Amazon Smile

Please consider shopping with Amazon Smile. Each time you order from Amazon Smile, they donate 0.5% of what you spent to a charity of your choice. Please select the National Orphan Train Complex and keep shopping!


If you are unable to donate monetarily, please consider donating your time by becoming a volunteer. For more information, visit our Volunteer page.