Private donations, in any amount, help sustain the Gallery’s standard of excellence envisioned by our founder, Andrew W. Mellon, when he and his children built the National Gallery of Art. Their public-spirited philanthropy inspired other Benefactors to contribute their collections and private resources to the nation. The National Gallery, set up as public-private partnership, received a mandate that does not allow federal funds to be used for acquisitions or special exhibitions; these rely solely on private support. Major gifts, often made over several years or through estate gifts, allow the Gallery to acquire works of art, present special exhibitions, increase educational outreach, carry on scholarly research, and remain a leader in conservation science. Donors of these gifts—which may be unrestricted or designated for a particular purpose—are recognized at Gallery events and in publications.
We welcome the opportunity to work with you on a giving plan that meets your needs.