Your donation to the High Museum's Annual Fund, which is fully tax-deductible, supports a wide range of exceptional exhibitions such as Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna's Imperial Collections and educational outreach programs such as Toddler Thursdays. These initiatives, along with school tours and after-school programs that reached 77,000 students last year, are made possible by your generous support.
Gifts of Stock
Gifts of appreciated securities, such as stocks and mutual funds, are excellent ways to support the High Museum of Art. Such gifts are simple and may provide a greater tax benefit than an equivalent gift in cash. Please contact the Development Office at 404-733-4557 or e-mail us for additional information and proper procedures.
You may be able to double your donation to the High Museum of Art. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. Gifts from retirees and spouses may also qualify for a match. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, click here.
Securing future strength by building the endowment is now the High's greatest challenge as well as its greatest opportunity. We invite you to play an essential role in our future growth with an investment in the High Museum of Art.
Your gift to our endowment will:
- Support innovative and meaningful exhibitions
- Continue to elevate the quality of the Museum's permanent collection
- Underwrite current expenses for education and programs that contribute to our strategic development
- Provide a legacy of long-term financial security which enables us to accomplish our mission and support the ongoing operations of our expanded facilities
For further information on Endowment Gifts or to contribute, please call 404-733-4557 or e-mail us.
A bequest is one of the simplest and most popular ways to make a gift and a great way to help the High Museum of Art. By including the Museum in your will, you can help ensure the quality of the Museum's collections and programs for generations to come. Whether you wish to provide general operating income for the Museum or to support a specific department or program, your bequest expresses your lasting commitment to the High.
A bequest to the Museum may also help you meet your financial and estate planning goals since your gift would be eligible for an estate tax charitable deduction equal to the entire amount of the bequest.
We invite you to become part of the tradition of giving that built the High Museum of Art and has sustained it for nearly a century.
For more information about making a bequest to the High, please call 404-733-4557 or e-mail us.
The Blue Mandarin Coat (The Blue Kimono)
Joseph Rodefer DeCamp (American, 1858–1923)
Works of art may be donated to the High during your lifetime or by bequest. Donating artwork, a form of tangible personal property, requires special attention at the High Museum of Art. Although a work may be artistically significant, it may not be appropriate for the Museum's collection. If you are considering donating a work of art to the High, you should first contact the curator of the appropriate department:
|Modern & Contemporary Art
|Decorative Arts & Design
A work of art held by a collector for more than twelve months is generally considered to be capital gain property. If accepted for accession into the Museum's permanent collection, a gift of artwork is related to the Museum's exempt purpose and you will be entitled to claim an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the property, which is determined by a qualified appraisal. The contribution is deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income, with any excess contribution deductible over the five following years—up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income in each carryover year—until exhausted.
If, however, you created the artwork, received it as a gift from the creator, are a dealer holding the artwork as inventory, or have held the artwork for 12 months or less (short term), it is considered ordinary income property. Your charitable deduction would then be for your cost basis only but the ceiling for deductibility is 50 percent of your adjusted gross income with a five-year/50 percent carryover for any excess.
If the Museum accepts your gift of artwork, you can donate your entire interest in a work of art that you own outright. Or you can donate a portion of the work of art to the Museum, while retaining a fractional use for part of the year. To make a partial gift, your initial gift to the High Museum must be an undivided interest in the work of at least 10% and you must complete the transfer of the entire interest to the Museum within ten years of the initial gift or your date of death, whichever occurs first. Possession of the work is then shared proportionally on an annual basis by you and the Museum according to the fractional interest transferred to the High. If the High Museum does not take possession of the property and use it for its tax-exempt purpose at least once before the end of the 10-year period (or date of death) penalties will attach. You can claim an income tax charitable deduction for the initial fractional interest of your gift as determined by a qualified appraisal, and; deductions for subsequent fractional interests will be valued at the lower of the initial appraised value of the artwork or the appraised value at the date of the subsequent gift.
For more information about making a gift of artwork to the High Museum of Art, please contact Chief Curator Brett Abbott at 404-733-4446 or e-mail him. Your inquiry is confidential and places you under no obligation. We look forward to hearing from you!
The High Museum of Art is the perfect place to explore, create and discover while learning about art. Education programs offer innovative learning opportunities for adults, families, teens, teachers and students. These engaging activities and workshops are made possible through the generosity of our donors.
For information about supporting Education Programs at the High Museum of Art, please call 404-733-4557 or e-mail us. For information about participating in our Education programs, please call 404-733-4464.