VMFA’s Endowment Needs
Endowment gifts provide a lasting source of support for the museum. A team of investment professionals carefully manages the funds to preserve and enhance the assets.
By creating an endowment, you can pay tribute to a loved one or honor your own experience with the museum. Individual endowments are invested with the VMFA Endowment and exist in perpetuity, allowing each donor to have a significant impact for generations to come. Endowments can be funded over a number of years. VMFA will provide endowment donors with an annual report each fall.
Endowed Positions allow VMFA to attract and retain the highest quality staff.
Exhibitions Endowments allow VMFA to bring banner exhibitions of national and international prominence to your museum.
Education Endowments allow VMFA to provide important art enrichment and educational experiences to Virginians of all ages here in Richmond and across the state.
Publications Endowments allow VMFA to produce and distribute publications related to the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. The research strengthens the depth of knowledge about art in the galleries, contributes to our educational mission, and brings significant national and international attention.
Unrestricted Endowments allow VMFA to meet current needs in any area of the museum while building an income stream for the future. To ensure the continued growth of this critical funding stream, VMFA encourages donors who make a major gift ($25,000 or more) designated for a specific purpose—such as sponsoring an exhibition or expanding an educational program—to allocate 5% of that amount to the Unrestricted Endowment Fund. In this way, donors can support the museum’s current needs while building an income stream for the future. Donors will receive recognition and a tax receipt for the full amount of their gift. To learn more, please contact Sarah Hendricks, Manager of Individual Giving, at 804.340.1478 or sarah.hendricks@VMFA.museum.
Donors who wish to contribute to one of VMFA’s special projects may make an outright gift, a deferred planned gift or establish an endowment that will exist in perpetuity. Current special projects include the VMFA Exhibition Fund, VMFA Gardens & Greenspaces, and ARTshare: VMFA’s Digital Outreach Initiative.