Urgent Museum Notice

Planned Giving

View of a gallery with walls painted magenta on the left and white on the right. In the middle is an installation of two stylized scooters that look like two deer interacting. To the right, three adults and two children look at different artworks mounted on the wall.
Planned gifts from committed friends enable the museum to organize trailblazing exhibitions, plan dynamic outreach and education programs, and advocate for women in the arts well into the future.

Through a planned gift, you will have a substantial impact on the future of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and establish an ongoing legacy as a champion of women in and through the arts. You will ensure that the museum continues to organize trailblazing exhibitions, plan dynamic outreach and education programs, and advocate for women in the arts well into the future.

If you are interested in remembering NMWA in your estate plans, we are eager to work with you to realize your intentions and recognize you as a member of the Legacy Society. Please contact Christina Knowles at 202-783-7985 or plannedgiving@nmwa.org and we will set up call with our planned giving officer.

Types of Planned Gifts

There are many ways to make a planned gift to the museum. If you have questions, please contact the Development Office at the phone or email below.

You can designate the museum as a beneficiary through a life insurance policy or retirement plan. If you are at least 70 ½ years of age, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA account to the museum. If the transfer is made directly to the museum, the withdrawal is not taxable as income.

Name NMWA as a beneficiary through a will or an amendment to a will. A bequest to the museum may take the form of a specific dollar amount, a property asset, or a percentage of your estate. Please view the Recommended Language for Naming a Beneficiary document for more information.

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.

By accompanying your planned gift with a contribution today, blended gifts can provide near-term and future benefits for the museum, while also helping to ensure long-term financial security for you and your loved ones.

The museum can be the recipient of other types of gifts, such as real estate or gifts of stock or securities. If you designate the museum to receive real estate, please state in your will that the property is to be sold through your estate and the museum is to receive the proceeds from its sale. Please contact us to discuss gifts of stock or securities.

Related Quote

The National Museum of Women in the Arts stands tall as a beacon to women in the arts past, present, and I believe will continue well into the future.”
Dr. Marlene Adrian, Legacy Society Member
A vessel mounded with 5 oranges, a lemon, and greenery sits atop an oval, wooden box resting on a wooden plank. In the foreground, two pomegranates, one of which has split open and dropped three seeds, balance near the plank’s edge. Droplets of water dot the fruit and the table.
Louise Moillon, Bowl of Lemons and Oranges on a Box of Wood Shavings and Pomegranates, ca. 1630s; Oil on panel, 15 3/4 x 24 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

The Legacy Society

By announcing your intention to leave a planned gift to the museum, you will be included in our Legacy Society. It is a way for us to recognize you now for investing in the future of the museum. Legacy Society members are acknowledged in museum publications and invited to exclusive Legacy Society events.

Photo credit: Kevin Allen

Donor Highlight: Madeleine Rast

“Giving is a very personal act, but if you believe as strongly as I do in advancing the cause of women, then there’s no question about it.”

Madeleine Rast turned her passion for supporting women artists into her legacy. In the late 1950s, she left her home in Zurich, Switzerland, and came to the United States, inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, openness to new ideas, and seemingly unlimited opportunities for those willing to work hard. Self-described as “fiercely independent,” Rast worked at clerical jobs while completing a degree in accounting. Once she began to establish herself in the financial industry, she found that it was a struggle because women were not given the same opportunities as men. Though she eventually became a successful management auditor in the private and public sectors, she never forgot what it took to get there.

For Rast, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is an institution that inspires and encourages women in a way that she would have appreciated in her own career. This commitment to her belief in equity for women motivated Rast to set up a charitable remainder trust. She saw the museum as the physical manifestation of the dream of supporting and celebrating women’s achievements in the arts. For Rast, her bequest provided an avenue to combine her love for the arts, her staunch belief in women’s independence, and her financial prowess. Her gift supports the institution in an exceptional and unprecedented way.

Madeleine Rast

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Planned Giving

Related Quote

NMWA has given the world a new view of great women artists from the past and those who are following in their footsteps. I am proud to be a member and supporter of this wonderful museum.”
Ms. Barbara D. Gurwitz, Legacy Society Member
Mixed-media work of a seated dark skin person staring confidently at the viewer; an overlay of bright orange and circular patterns of white, blue, and brown circles covers the person and background.
Delita Martin, Believing In Kings, 2018; Acrylic, charcoal, relief printing, decorative papers, hand-stitching, and liquid gold leaf on paper, 71 1/2 x 51 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Myrtis; Photo by Joshua Asante