Urgent Museum Notice

Planned Giving

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.

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

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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

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

A wooden relief sculpture of four adults and one child. The two figures on the left put their hands on the shoulders of the child in front of them. The arms and hands of all figures are three dimensional and protude from the work.
Marisol, The Large Family Group, 1957; Painted wood, 37 x 38 x 6 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Roger S. Firestone Foundation Fund, the FRIENDS of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, William A. Clark Fund, the gift of William E. Share (by exchange), The Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Gallery; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

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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