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Art changes lives. So can you.

At Phoenix Art Museum, we believe in the power of art to enrich lives, shape a community, and bring us closer together despite our differences.


General Donations
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When you include Phoenix Art Museum in your final giving plans, you make so much more than a financial gift. You leave a lasting legacy of the importance of art to you and the community you call home. Your generosity ensures our doors remain open so that every visitor can engage with the visual arts and arts education programs well into the future.

Planned gifts often appeal to those who want to support a charitable organization but may not be certain how much of their assets they will need for themselves during their lifetimes. Planned giving is typically done in conjunction with estate planning and is a viable option for donors of all income levels.

21st Century Society

Our 21st Century Society is a group of highly honored friends who have made planned gifts to support the legacy of Phoenix Art Museum. Society members are invited to an annual celebration and reception, along with other events throughout the year. They are also recognized on a special donor board in the Museum.

We are proud to recognize our 21st Century Society members, and we are grateful to those whose realized gifts help us to remain a pillar of the arts in our city, state, and region. See a current list of 21st Century Society members, including living members and realized gifts (updated annually on the Museum donor wall).

How can I join the Museum’s 21st Century Society?

When you make a planned gift to Phoenix Art Museum of $5,000 or greater, you become a member of the Museum’s 21st Century Society. To include the Museum in your final giving plans, you can:

  • Make a bequest to Phoenix Art Museum in a will or living trust
  • Make a gift of cash or appreciated securities to establish a charitable gift annuity
  • Create a charitable trust and name Phoenix Art Museum as the beneficiary
  • Name Phoenix Art Museum as the beneficiary of a paid life insurance policy or retirement account
  • Establish a tribute gift
  • Make an endowment gift

Make a Bequest

Naming Phoenix Art Museum as a beneficiary of direct funds or assets in your will or living trust is a common way to provide a planned gift.

Bequests may be for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or the residual amount of your estate after all debts, expenses, and specific bequests have been paid and realized. Bequests can be made with gifts of cash, appreciated securities, or artwork. Bequest gifts will be unrestricted unless you designate them to specific program areas.

Charitable Trusts

Charitable trusts can provide you with income for the term of the trust, while also providing significant support to Phoenix Art Museum at a considerable tax advantage.

As a beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust, Phoenix Art Museum may receive a percentage of the trust or any remaining principal after the trust terminates.

Charitable lead trusts provide the Museum with reliable income or use of an asset for a specified length of time, while you receive a reduction in gift or estate taxes. When the trust is terminated, the principal or property reverts back to you or your estate.

Tribute Gifts

You can help Phoenix Art Museum build a bright future for the arts with a tribute gift honoring a loved one’s birthday, anniversary, or memory.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity can provide Phoenix Art Museum with vital funding while still providing you or another beneficiary with an ongoing stable income for life. You may also receive an immediate income tax deduction.

Simply transfer cash, securities, or other property to Phoenix Art Museum, and the Museum’s annuity provider pays you, or up to two annuitants, a lifetime annuity. The principal passes to Phoenix Art Museum after the lifetime of the income beneficiaries. Click here for more information on the types of charitable gift annuities and the current interest rates.

Paid Life Insurance Policy or Retirement Account

You can help ensure future access to the visual arts and arts education programs simply by naming Phoenix Art Museum as the primary or contingent beneficiary of your paid life insurance policy or your 401(K), IRA, or other retirement account. You may leave all or part of your policies or accounts to the Museum, and because funds from retirement accounts are not subject to estate or income tax, the entire balance benefits your Museum and your community.

Endowment Gifts

When you make an endowment gift to Phoenix Art Museum, you demonstrate a long-term commitment to strengthening the arts in our city and region. Endowment gifts are invested and maintained in perpetuity, and investment earnings provide crucial and on-going support for the Museum.

Join us today

For more information or to make a planned gift benefitting Phoenix Art Museum, contact us at

By becoming a member of our 21st Century Society, you will help build awareness and encourage others to support Phoenix Art Museum through a planned gift, although you may choose to remain anonymous.

When making a planned gift to Phoenix Art Museum, you will need the following information:

  • Legal Name: Phoenix Art Museum
  • Legal Address: 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Federal Tax ID: 86-0072608
  • Type of Organization: 501(c)(3) nonprofit

If you are comfortable doing so, please download our Statement of Testamentary Provision, complete as much information as possible, and return it to Phoenix Art Museum at the address above. Please note: This form is not required or legally binding, but it can help us plan and understand how you’d like to support the Museum and be recognized for your generosity.


Interested in giving to Phoenix Art Museum through a donor-advised fund or private foundation? We can help.

Supporting Phoenix Art Museum through donor-advised funds or private foundations can ensure your impact on increasing access to the visual arts and arts education.

Although we cannot offer legal advice, below is a summary of current guidelines for accepting gifts from donor-advised funds and private foundations, specifically those related to event tables and tickets, Memberships, and pledges. To determine the tax treatment of proposed contributions and any other restrictions that apply to these grants, donors should consult their donor-advised fund (“DAF”) manager, tax advisors, and/or legal counsel.

Guidelines for Events, Memberships, and Pledges

Under federal law governing donor-advised funds, it is not permissible for donors to split or “bifurcate” payments for tables or tickets when a portion of the purchase is not tax-deductible. This means that donors may not recommend a grant through a DAF or a private foundation for the deductible portions of a table or ticket purchase and then pay the non-deductible portion from a personal source.

If a portion of event admission is not tax-deductible, your DAF can support the event in the following ways:

  • If you would like to attend an event and make an additional contribution, you may pay the full price of admission (non-deductible and deductible portions) from a personal source outside of your DAF. Then, you may recommend a grant from your DAF. Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to recognize both your personal and DAF contributions in all event-related materials.
  • If you purchase a table or tickets and donate them back to the Museum (and do not attend the event), you may recommend a grant from your DAF or foundation, noting that the requested table or tickets shall be donated back to the Museum.

Grants from DAFs to cover annual Membership fees are acceptable if:

  • The Membership benefits are limited to incidental annual benefits, such as free or discounted admission to low-cost events, parking, preferred access, and attendance at certain Members-only events.
  • The donor waives all of the non-deductible (tangible) benefits the Membership level offers them.
  • An important note on tangible benefits: Under federal law, if any portion of the Membership is not tax-deductible, you may either waive the tangible benefits or use a personal source to pay the entire Membership value. Bifurcation is not permissible.

Although a donor-advised fund may not pledge account assets to Section 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, you may notify the organization verbally or in writing about the intention to make a grant recommendation and should include the following recommended language: “I intend to recommend a grant from a donor-advised fund. This notification shall not be construed as a legally binding commitment.”

For questions related to grants recommended through your donor-advised fund or foundation, please consult with your fund advisor or legal counsel for definitive tax treatment.

Thank you for your generous and continued support of Phoenix Art Museum.


Since Phoenix Art Museum opened in 1959, collectors and philanthropists from across the Valley and the United States have donated artwork to grow the Museum’s collection and share inspiring art from around the world with our community.

Today, we are the largest art museum in the Southwest, with a collection of more than 20,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography, and fashion design. We are grateful to the visionary donors who have donated artwork to help strengthen our legacy.

Our Curatorial staff gives careful consideration to all gifts of art before accepting the art into the Museum’s collection. If you are interested in joining this tradition of donating gifts of art to Phoenix Art Museum, here are some initial things to consider.

For more information on donating artwork to Phoenix Art Museum, please contact our Curatorial staff at

The qualified appraisal requirement

If you expect your gift to be valued at more than $5,000, the IRS requires you to obtain a qualified appraisal and provides procedures for taxpayers to request a review of art valuations for income, estate, and gift returns. You may request from the IRS a Statement of Value for an advance review of art valuation claims prior to filing your return. You must submit an appraisal from a qualified independent appraiser and the appraisal must meet substantiation requirements. This statement can then be used in completing your tax return. The procedure usually applies to artwork appraised at $50,000 or more. Note that Phoenix Art Museum does not provide appraisals for art of any kind or any purpose.

The willingness of Phoenix Art Museum to accept the gift

Phoenix Art Museum will evaluate the gift to ensure it is appropriate for our collecting area and as an addition to our permanent collection. We may refuse a gift because the art may not fit within our collecting areas, is a duplicate or similar to works already in our collection, or is not of appropriate museum quality. Phoenix Art Museum collects in the areas of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography, and fashion design. Note that all gifts to our collection are subject to final approval by the Collections Committee of our Board of Trustees.

An endowment to support the artwork

In the case of works requiring substantial ongoing maintenance or conservation, Phoenix Art Museum may only be able to accept artwork that is accompanied by an outright gift of cash or other assets to create an endowment to maintain the work.


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