Annual Fund Gifts

Annual Fund gifts from friends, alumni and parents make an impact on every aspect of the museum.  From presenting a dynamic array of nationally and internationally-acclaimed exhibitions, to offering a comprehensive range of educational programs that benefit our campus and community, to maintaining the facilities within our landmark building – your gift to the Nasher Annual Fund helps us do it all.

Make a gift online. You may be able to increase your donation with a match. To find out if a particular company or foundation has a matching gift program, visit Duke’s matching gift database.

Exhibition Gifts

Exhibition support allows the museum to originate and present exhibitions of the highest caliber and develop creative, enriching programs and excellent publications to accompany them. Make a gift to support general Nasher exhibitions or view a list of current, upcoming and past exhibitions.

Endowment Gifts

The purpose of the Nasher Museum’s endowment is to support the people, collections, and programs of the museum in perpetuity. Over the years, growth of the endowment through investment return and charitable giving has enabled the museum to provide internships to students, build the permanent collection, organize significant exhibitions, launch new academic and community programs, and support a wide range of important needs. Explore the museum’s endowment giving opportunities.

Estate Gifts

By naming the Nasher Museum in your estate plans, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your support will continue in perpetuity.  Bequests are the most common way to make a planned gift, but there are a wide range of options, such as life income or other deferred gifts, many of which can have exceptional tax or retirement benefits and can increase lifetime income. Donors of estate gifts are included in Duke University’s Heritage Society, which offers special benefits.

Ways to Give

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The Corporate Partner program offers an exceptional opportunity for members of the business community to forge partnerships with the Nasher Museum. Corporate Partners receive benefits to complement their level of involvement, from publicity and recognition to free employee admission and discounts on the museum’s facility rental rates for private events.

Foundation and Government

Gifts from foundations and government agencies who share the museum’s vision are critical for success.  These organizations enable the museum to fulfill its mission to promote engagement with the visual arts among a broad community.

We are grateful to our partners – both large and small – who help strengthen the Nasher Museum’s core programming through generous financial support.  Whether $5,000 for K-12 education and community outreach programs and bus scholarships, $50,000 in support of an exhibition, or $500,000 to increase, deepen and extend Duke student and faculty engagement, all levels of support are needed and very much appreciated.

Corporate & Foundation Partners

Alexandria Real Estate Equities
American Scientist Magazine
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Bank of America
The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
Biogen Idec
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Carolina Biological Supply Company
The Cemala Foundation
The Container Store®
Duke University Health System
First Citizens
The Ford Foundation
The Fox Family Foundation
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
Liggett Vector
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Millennium Hotel
The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources
Parker and Otis
PNC Bank
Research Triangle Park Found
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
SunTrust Bank
Tech Shop
The Terra Foundation for American Art
Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
The Wyeth Foundation for American Art
Wells Fargo
Wine Authorities

Nasher Museum exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the late Mary D.B.T. Semans and James H. Semans, the late Frank E. Hanscom III, The Duke Endowment, the Nancy Hanks Endowment, the Courtney Shives Art Museum Fund, the James Hustead Semans Memorial Fund, the Janine and J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund, the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, the Neely Family Fund, the E. T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Fund for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund, the Sarah Schroth Fund, the George W. and Viola Mitchell Fearnside Endowment Fund, the Gibby and Michael B. Waitzkin Fund, the K. Brantley and Maxine E. Watson Endowment Fund, the Victor and Lenore Behar Endowment Fund, the Margaret Elizabeth Collett Fund, the Nasher Museum of Art General Endowment, the Friends of the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Duke University.