Planned Giving

Gabriele Münter, Breakfast of the Birds, 1934
Gabriele Münter, Breakfast of the Birds, 1934; © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

“As a trustee and longtime NMWA supporter, I have always kept my eyes and ears open for new ways to give to my favorite nonprofit. Charitable annuities are a simple and convenient way to make a gift to the museum that pays the donor a good return on capital.”—The Honorable Mary V. Mochary

As the National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017, we are indebted to dedicated individuals who have made our success possible. Planned gifts from our committed friends like you will ensure that NMWA organizes trailblazing exhibitions, plans dynamic outreach and education programs, and advocates for women in the arts well into the future.

We would be honored to know of your intention to include NMWA in your estate planning, so that we may acknowledge your commitment and understand your wishes. Donors who inform the museum about intended planned gifts will be acknowledged as members of the Women in the Arts Trust. As a member of the Women in the Arts Trust, you will be recognized in appropriate publications of the museum (unless you would prefer that your gift remain anonymous).

Joining the Women in the Arts Trust entails a few simple steps—informing the museum of your intentions and completing a brief, confidential notification form. View an example of the form. 

By establishing long-range planned gifts, you can help strengthen the museum and ensure the permanence of its collection, exhibitions, and programming. Your participation will provide countless generations with the opportunity to view and appreciate the achievements of women artists throughout the ages.

If you have questions about including NMWA in your estate plans, contact Pam Ayres at 202-783-7990 or or Ginny DeLacey at 202-783-7989 or

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IRA Transfer 

If you are an IRA owner and at least 70½ years of age, you may make a transfer from your IRA to NMWA to count as a part of the required minimum IRA distribution for 2017. 

Beneficiary Designation

Through a life insurance policy or retirement plan, NMWA can be designated as a beneficiary. 


NMWA can be named as a beneficiary through a will or an amendment to a will. You can bequest a specific amount of money, a percentage of the remaining estate, or name the museum as a contingent beneficiary in case a loved one predeceases you. View an example of recommended language.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) allows donors to transfer assets (stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, or cash donations) in exchange for guaranteed income for life.

Donating through a gift annuity allows you to:

  • Receive an immediate tax deduction for part of your gift.
  • Realize additional tax savings, because a portion of each of your guaranteed payments is considered a nontaxable return on your investment.

Other Planned Gifts

NMWA can be the recipient of other types of gifts, such as real estate. If you designate NMWA to receive real estate, please state in your will that the property is to be sold through your estate and NMWA is to receive the proceeds from its sale.

NMWA recommends that you consult your tax advisor or legal professional for complete details about including NMWA in your estate plans or creating a life income plan as they apply to your personal circumstances.

National Museum of Women in the Arts