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Make a Gift FAQs

Can I renew my National Membership, Circle, or Collectors Committee membership or join the National Membership, Circle, or Collectors Committee using a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

Our gift policies around DAFs have recently changed. The National Gallery will only accept grants from DAFs intended to cover the fee for a National Gallery membership if either (1) the grant will cover one of the National Gallery National Membership levels, or (2) the donor-advisor waives any and all membership benefits.

However, we can accept gifts from DAFs designated for other areas of support for the National Gallery. Please contact the Development office for questions regarding gifts via DAFs at 202.842.6450.

Can I pay for my membership benefits separately from my DAF gift?

In keeping with the rules of various DAFs, we cannot accept personal payments to cover the benefit portion associated with a membership gift.  If you wish to purchase a Circle or Collectors Committee membership and retain member benefits, no portion of the payment can be received from a DAF.

Can I make a gift anonymously?


Will the National Gallery keep my information confidential?

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

How will my gift be recognized?

Gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized in Gallery publications, including the Art for the Nation 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.

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

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).

What portion of my membership gift is tax deductible?

National Membership contributions are fully tax deductible.

What portion of my Circle membership gift is tax deductible?

The total value of benefits made available is estimated to be $150 for Contributing, $250 for Supporting and Tower Project, $500 for Sustaining, $750 for Patron, and $1,000 for the Director's Circle. The amount of your contribution that is deductible for federal income taxes is limited to the excess of the value of the contribution over the value of the benefits made available in return.

If I decide to decline benefits, is my gift considered fully tax deductible?

Yes. If you decide to decline the benefits of membership in The Circle, your gift will be fully tax deductible.

What benefits will I receive if I choose to decline benefits when I renew my membership?

If you decide to decline benefits, you will not receive the tangible benefits that include catalogs, calendars, and event packages.

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

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.

Is my entire gift tax deductible?

Yes. By choosing to decline benefits of membership altogether, the full amount of your contribution would be tax deductible.

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

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

Does the National Gallery accept gifts of works of art?

Yes. The National Gallery seeks works of art that fit into its permanent collection of American and European paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs—dating from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Please see the Gifts of Art section of the website for more information.