The Gallery’s founder Andrew W. Mellon envisioned a national art collection belonging to the American people. Created for the nation by a joint resolution of Congress in 1937, the National Gallery has been nourished by the steadfast support of an enlightened government and the generosity of visionary individuals. This unique partnership sustains the highest standards of excellence, establishing the Gallery as a lively and welcoming public space, as well as offering a haven for personal and private encounters with art. The Gallery changes the lives of millions of visitors, one person at a time.
We are grateful to all individuals, foundations, and corporations who help the Gallery fulfill its mission to acquire, exhibit, preserve, and interpret works of art. Private donors embody the spirit and sustain the legacy of Andrew W. Mellon.
The Gallery offers many opportunities to become involved. The categories below illustrate ways of giving and describe the special access and benefits donors receive for their support. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in developing a giving plan that meets your interests, and we invite you to contact us with questions or comments.