The work of the Harvard Art Museums would not be possible without the support of an international community of generous alumni and friends, including our general members and Fellows. Contributions help ensure that the museums remain an active, innovative center for teaching, learning, and research.
The Harvard Art Museums receive support
from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
A gift to the Harvard Art Museums’ Annual Appeal provides crucial support for daily operations while also ensuring that the museums will thrive for future generations. Annual support from donors helps the museums lead the field in advancing museum practice and the study and appreciation of the visual arts.
Every gift counts. You can make your gift online, or for more information about the Harvard Art Museums’ Annual Appeal, contact Lila Kanner, Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, at 617-495-9980.
Expanding Vision: The Plan for the Harvard Art Museums
In 2008, the Harvard Art Museums embarked upon a major renovation and expansion of the historic facility at 32 Quincy Street, to be supported by the largest capital campaign in the institution’s history. The campaign, “Expanding Vision: The Plan for the Harvard Art Museums,” seeks to raise $265 million through private philanthropy to fund construction and renovation costs, as well as to provide endowment resources to sustain and enhance expanded programming in the new museums. As of September 2014, over $245 million has been committed in gifts and pledges toward the campaign goal by many generous donors and university benefactors.
The new facility, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, preserves the landmark 1927 structure while transforming the space to accommodate twenty-first-century needs. Following a six-year building project, the collections of the three Harvard Art Museums—the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum—are now united under one roof for the first time. In November 2014, the museums opened with new and expanded exhibition galleries, research centers, classrooms, seminar rooms, lecture halls, public education spaces, and visitor amenities. Central to the transformation is a new Art Study Center, where visitors will be able to request private viewings of original works of art for study, learning, inspiration, and enjoyment.
Although the new museums have now opened, the campaign to support and endow them will continue as a key priority within the university’s overall Harvard Campaign, a seven-year effort extending through 2019. Pledges (payable over a five-year period) are still needed to fund and endow yet-unnamed galleries and educational spaces in the new museums. To realize the promise and potential of the museums’ teaching and research mission, endowment support is also needed to sustain expanded and enhanced programming in the new museums.
Many named gift opportunities for galleries and educational spaces remain available in the new museums for interested donors, as well as opportunities to endow programmatic areas such as the Art Study Center, the Department of Academic and Public Programs, conservation, curatorial and conservation training, exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions of art. For further information, please contact Thomas Woodward, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 617-384-7317.
The Harvard Art Museums welcome inquiries about ways to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with interested corporations and businesses. Corporate support opportunities are available for a variety of exhibitions, public programs, and research activities. For further information, please contact Thomas Woodward, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 617-384-7317.
Gifts to endow programs and projects in perpetuity are welcome. Endowment funds are managed by the Harvard Management Company, and annual income from each fund is designated for a specific purpose, as agreed upon between the donor and the Harvard Art Museums. Funds can be endowed for a wide variety of purposes, including:
- Exhibition funds
- Curatorial research funds
- Publication funds
- Curatorships, conservatorships, and essential administrative staff positions
- Conservation funds
- Acquisition funds for the purchase of works of art
To explore the establishment of an endowment fund, please contact Thomas Woodward, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 617-384-7317.
Planned giving is designed to maximize benefits for both you and the Harvard Art Museums. The museums welcome support from donors through a variety of planned gifts and estate planning vehicles. By making a planned gift, you can expand your giving potential, influence the work of the Harvard Art Museums for generations, and gain financial benefits for you and your family. The Harvard University Office of Planned Giving works in partnership with the museums to provide a full range of planned gift opportunities, including:
- Donor Advised Funds
- Pooled Income Funds
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Charitable Lead Trusts
- Gifts of Real Estate
- Charitable Remainder Trusts
To explore a planned gift that would benefit the Harvard Art Museums, please contact Thomas Woodward, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 617-384-7317.
Works of Art
Many donors choose to give or bequeath works of art to the Harvard Art Museums, so that future generations may study and appreciate them. The museums welcome gifts of works of art that help advance our teaching mission. Donors who are considering a gift of tangible property may be connected with the proper curator to discuss the artwork. To discuss a gift of a work of art, please contact the Registrar for Collections at 617-495-3902.