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Major Giving FAQS

Q: How is the National Gallery of Art funded?

A: The Gallery exists as a partnership between the federal government and the American people, as it has since opening its doors in 1941. The government provides a yearly appropriation for day-to-day operations, ensuring that the Gallery remains open to the public free of charge for 363 days a year. Private support from generous individuals, foundations, and corporations allows the Gallery to acquire art to enhance the permanent collection, present special exhibitions from all over the world, support scholarly programs, sustain important education programs and activities, and advance conservation and research to preserve the collection.

Q: What inspires people to give to Gallery?

A: For more than seventy years the National Gallery of Art has been a testament to the dedication of extraordinary individuals whose love of art is matched by their love of country. The Gallery’s history is part of an enduring story of American philanthropy that sustains our greatest institutions and monuments.

Q: How do private donations support Gallery programs?

A: Private support from dedicated donors helps fulfill the Gallery’s mission of service to the nation through the acquisition of art to augment the permanent collection; the presentation of special exhibitions from all over the world; support for The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) and its scholarly programs; funding the education department and its activities for Gallery visitors as well as students, teachers, and lovers of art across the country; the advancement of conservation and research to preserve the Gallery’s collection and works of art around the world; and programs to enhance the Gallery visitor’s experience such as films, concerts, and lectures.

For information about designating a gift for one of these areas, please complete the online contact form or call the Development Office at (202) 842-6372.

Q: Does the Gallery have an endowment that supports all its activities?

A: The Gallery does not have an operating endowment. We are grateful to the President and Congress for the crucial support through federal funds for the upkeep, administrative expenses, and costs of operations, including the protection of the works of art given to the nation, so that the Gallery can be open to the public at no charge.

Q: How do I contribute gifts of stock to the Gallery?

A: Please fill out the Gift of Stock form, or call the Development Office at (202) 842-6372.

Q: Can I make a gift anonymously?

A: Yes.

Q: Will the Gallery keep my information confidential?

A: Yes, the Gallery does not share donor information with other organizations. Additionally, donors may choose to remain anonymous for purposes of listing in Gallery publications.

Q: How will my gift be recognized?

A: Gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized in Gallery publications, including the Bulletin and Annual Report. Please contact the Development Office at (202) 842-6372 to inform us how you wish to be listed or if you prefer to remain anonymous.

Q: Can my employer match my contribution?

A: Yes, we welcome matching gifts from a donor’s employer. To do this online using a credit card, please complete the online Employer Matching Gift form and e-mail any additional paperwork to [email protected] or mail to: Development Office, National Gallery of Art, 2000 South Club Drive, Landover MD 20785.

Q: Can I make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one?

A: Yes. Please include the name and mailing address of the individual whom you wish to honor and we will be happy to notify that person of your gift (if applicable).

Q: Can I designate my gift to the Gallery for a particular use?

A: Yes. Please complete the online contact form or call (202) 842-6372 for further information on designating a gift for particular use.

Q: Can I schedule a private tour of the Gallery?

A: The Gallery offers docent- and lecturer-led tours of the collection and exhibitions on a frequent basis. Information about those talks and tours is available here. In addition, the Development Office is always happy to work with Circle members and donors to arrange special Gallery tours.

Q: How can I obtain a copy of the Gallery’s Annual Report?

A: The Gallery’s most recent Annual Report and financial statement are available here on the Gallery’s website.

Q: I lost my tax acknowledgment. May I request a replacement?

A: Of course. Please call the Development Office at (202) 842-6372 and we will be happy to send you a copy of your tax acknowledgment.

Q: How do I leave something to the Gallery in my will?

A: Please consult the Planned Giving section of the Gallery’s web page to learn more about the options for making a bequest or some other form of legacy gift.

Q: Is it possible to give to the Gallery through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?

A: Yes. The Gallery’s CFC number is 41971.