Foundations & Government

NMWA Gallery Visitors on the Mezzanine
Photo by Dakota Fine

Since its founding, NMWA has presented 260 innovative exhibitions, served 335,000 people through education programs, published over 90 issues of Women in the Arts magazine, and welcomed over 2,500,000 visitors.

This vitality and growth would not be possible without grants from foundations and governmental agencies, which play a central role in making the museum a vibrant force locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Funding from these donors provides key leadership contributions for: NMWA’s exciting new Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC) program; the successful ABC Summer Teacher Institutes; collections care and maintenance;  highly acclaimed and popular exhibitions such as Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today; She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World; Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea; and the New York Avenue Sculpture Project; as well as general operating support.

For more information about foundation and government support, please contact Ellen Pollak at 202-266-2801 or

NMWA is deeply grateful to the following foundation and government donors that generously supported the museum during fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016).

ML Dauray Arts Initiative
Swartz Foundation

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Share Fund
The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.

Bernstein Family Foundation
Leo Rosner Foundation, Inc.

The Georgia Committee of NMWA
The LaVerna Hahn Charitable Foundation
Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation
Muriel F. Siebert Foundation
The New Mexico State Committee of NMWA
Sachiko Kuno Foundation

Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable Foundation
The Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, Inc.
Marshall B. Coyne Foundation, Inc.
The Mary Potishman Lard Trust
The Mill Foundation, LTD
PECO Foundation

Dimick Foundation
The Jane Henson Foundation
The NAMASTE Foundation
Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation
Paul and Emily Singer Family Foundation
United Way of the National Capital Area

The Arkansas State Committee
The Bajaj Family Foundation
The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Junior League of Washington, Inc.
The Pinkerton Foundation
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Woodward Family Foundation

Government Agencies
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program

National Museum of Women in the Arts