GIVING: Giving Harn Museum of Art

The Harn Museum of Art enjoys the support of the University of Florida for its excellent facilities and professional staff. The museum relies on individuals, foundations and corporate entities to support exhibitions, programs and other initiatives. Learn how you can support the Art Museum of the Gator Nation and become a Harn partner. Click here to learn how to become a member!

Private and corporate gifts are necessary to support exhibitions, programs, acquisitions, research, travel, art conservation and enhancement of the museum’s general operations. Please contact the development office to discuss your gifting options. Consult your financial advisors to determine the best vehicle for your investment in the museum.

Gifts of Cash and Securities
Derive financial benefits through tax deductible gifts to the Harn. Outright gifts of cash can be directed for immediate benefit to the museum’s greatest needs. Securities, likewise, hold possible tax deductions. Wire transfers are made to the University of Florida Foundation and negotiated at the time of receipt. Proceeds are then deposited to one of the appropriate funds established for the Harn Museum of Art to fulfill the donor’s intent for museum support.

Exhibition and Program Sponsorship

Invest in the Harn Museum of Art’s essential programs. Funding of this nature, directed to specific exhibitions and programs by individuals, corporations and private foundations, contributes to the fulfillment of the museum’s mission to educate people and enrich their lives. Appropriate sponsor recognition is planned for maximum benefit. Contact the development office to learn about upcoming programs for your consideration.


Create an enduring legacy. Endowment funds provide a perpetual stream of income to support the museum’s priorities and serve to help fulfill the museum’s ongoing strength. Donors may name a space in the museum, establish named curatorial positions, lectureships, exhibitions or internships, or support acquisitions, research, travel, artwork conservation or general operations. A minimum gift of $30,000 can establish an endowed fund.

Life Income Plans
Determine your potential benefits through the creation of a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity. Life income plans allow you to make a substantial gift to the museum and at the same time retain a benefit from the assets you give. Furthermore, tax benefits, increased gifting potential and stream of income during your lifetime are features of these gifting opportunities. Charitable lead trusts and donor advised funds are also potentially beneficial ways to create income for the Harn and preserve assets for you and your heirs. Your financial advisor will know which of these vehicles may be appropriate for you.

Tangible Property

Discuss the potential for gifting personal property with the development office and the real estate department of the University of Florida Foundation. Because such property will be sold to benefit the museum, procedures for accepting such gifts require evaluation by the University of Florida Foundation Real Estate Department.

Communicate your interest in donating artwork to the curatorial department of the Harn Museum of Art, or contact the development office for assistance. A work of art may be artistically significant but it may not be appropriate for the Museum’s collections. The museum collects in the areas of African art, Asian art, modern art of the Americas, international contemporary art and photography. Outright gifts and fractional interest gifts of works of art hold potential tax benefits now or for your estate, while contributing to the growth of the Harn’s exemplary collections.

Document your gift intentions to the Harn Museum of Art in your will through your estate planning professionals. Your bequest expresses your lasting commitment to the museum and contributes to growth and ongoing success of the institution. A bequest can have potential benefits to meet your estate-planning goals. The development office would be pleased to discuss your interests. Documenting your bequest intent with the University of Florida Foundation to benefit the Harn Museum of Art can qualify you for the University’s and the Harn’s Bequest Society with related benefits during your lifetime.

Life Insurance Policies
Make the Harn Museum of Art a beneficiary of an insurance policy. If there is no longer a need to provide for dependents, this form of planned gift offers a simple way to support the Harn. Discussion with the development office and the UF Foundation Office of Gift Planning can provide you with information for your financial advisors in determining the benefits of such a gift.

Gifts in Honor or in Memory
Commemorate a family member or friend on a holiday, anniversary or other occasion. Establish through your estate plans for donations to the museum in your memory. The Acquisitions Fund and the Conservation Fund are two suggested funds for such important tributes. Discuss other potential options with the development office.

Join in the Harn giving efforts that are best for you. Provide the inquiry information below and we will be happy to assist. We look forward to talking with you.

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