Thank you for considering a gift to The Farnsworth Art Museum. Your support is an integral part of the museum’s success every year.
We encourage you to make a tax-deductible gift to the museum that best meets your philanthropic goals and interests. Choose the method that’s right for you. The Farnsworth Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID#01-0368070.
Support the Farnsworth in its mission to celebrate the role of Maine in American art and receive free admission and other important benefits all year long. Become a member.
Leadership-level members provide exemplary support to the museum. Members enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive events. Join the Patron’s Circle.
Museum Fund for Excellence
The Museum Fund for Excellence keeps exhibitions strong, education accessible, and funds our commitment to deliver free community programs as well as free admission to Rockland residents. Donate through our secure online form.
The Farnsworth Art Museum has a Monthly Giving Program available. This program helps to make every dollar you give to the Farnsworth work even harder by reducing our administrative costs. Select “monthly” when you donate.
Corporate and Business Partners
Support the museum through your business or corporation and receive valuable recognition opportunities for your business, employees, and clients. Learn more about corporate partnerships.
Lucy Farnsworth Circle
Provide a lasting legacy at the museum through a bequest, lifetime, or estate gift. Or, make a gift now that perpetuates your annual support far into the future. Learn more about legacy gifts.
Gifts of Art
Donations of art or contributions to purchase art expand our collection and mission. Donations of artwork are reviewed for acceptance by our curatorial team and board.
Exhibition Development and Education Fund
Support a season of exhibitions and related educational programs at the museum or help fund our model education outreach.
Establish a new fund or add to the principal of an existing fund to provide a reliable source of annual income that sustains the Farnsworth forever.
For any questions about giving to the Farnsworth, please contact:
Chief Advancement Officer
Gifts may be made by credit card, check, or stocks & securities, and we are happy to accept gifts from Donor-advised funds. Consider leveraging your gift by taking advantage of your employer’s matching gift program or Amazon Smile.
The Farnsworth Art Museum
Attn: Gift Accounting
16 Museum Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Stocks and Securities
Donating appreciated stock or mutual fund assets helps us achieve our mission of enriching lives through art. Not only will your gift make a lasting impact, you may also receive valuable tax savings.
Call us or send the instructions below to your broker.
Here’s how it works: You could sell stock, then donate the proceeds to the museum. If your stock has appreciated in value, you normally pay capital gains tax. However, if you donate stock directly to the museum instead, you won’t incur capital gains and will be eligible to deduct the full market value of the appreciated shares. (Always check with your advisor for specific tax advice.)
Usually stock transfers take about a week, so be sure to call us by December 24 to realize tax savings for the current year.
Many employers sponsor programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees, allowing you to double or even triple the value of your gift. Our Development Department will be happy to provide you or your employer with any necessary documentation to facilitate your matching gift.
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to the Farnsworth Art Museum. To get started you need to first register the Farnsworth as your recipient organization. Register here.
A Donor-advised fund (DAF) is a giving program administered by a third party that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities. It is created for managing charitable donations on behalf of an organization, family, or individual. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals. DAFs allow donors to give cash, stock, and other assets where the donor receives an immediate tax deduction when the contribution is made, but may specify donations to charities of their choice at a later time.
If your donor-advised fund is with Fidelity, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon, you can recommend a gift through DAFDirect. Otherwise, please contact the fund administrator and request that a contribution be made to Farnsworth Art Museum.
Advantages of giving through a donor-advised fund:
Donor-advised funds provide a number of benefits that direct donations to a charity may not, including:
- Simplicity: The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts
- Flexibility: Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making
- Tax-Efficiency: Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock
- Family Legacy: A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy
- No Start-Up Costs: There is no cost to establish a DAF. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more)*
- No Transaction Fees: Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice*
- Privacy If Desired: Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient
*Sponsoring organizations generally assess an administrative fee on the assets in a DAF. These fees vary by sponsoring organization.