There are many ways to support the Barnes, with special benefits and privileges available in recognition of your generosity.
Our corporate community provides critical support for art, education, and public programs at the Barnes Foundation that engage students and visitors from around the world. In return, we offer unique co-branding visibility and exclusive benefits that support marketing and business goals and help foster stronger relationships with colleagues and clients.
You'll find many ways to support the Barnes, including multi-year partnerships, sponsorships, Corporate Council membership, and donations to K–8 education through the EITC tax-credit program.
The generous support of our major corporate partners helps fund our signature programs and initiatives. To learn more about multi-year partnerships that offer ongoing branding opportunities, contact our Institutional Giving office at 215.278.7120.
The Barnes is a world-renowned cultural destination as well as a vital part of the Philadelphia community. Sponsorship of a Barnes exhibition or program will effectively reach your company’s target audience and achieve strategic marketing and public-relations results.
Complimentary memberships, private tours, and entertaining privileges are among the many benefits we offer our corporate sponsors. We invite sponsorship in the following areas:
Education Outreach Programming Through our K–12 education program—and outreach programs for underserved schools in the School District of Philadelphia—the Barnes engages more than 10,000 students with the arts annually. Taught in the classroom and on-site in the collection galleries, lessons promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural connections to reinforce core curriculum.
The Barnes Foundation smART Fund for Education, established by GSK, is an endowment that provides generous annual support for K–8 education outreach programs in the School District of Philadelphia.
Caring for our one-of-a-kind art collections is a crucial part of our mission. Our Conservation Department is responsible for an incredibly diverse range of objects—paintings, frames, works on paper, ceramics, metalwork, sculptures, furniture, textiles, jewelry, and even buildings.
Conservation encompasses all aspects of collection care, including treatment, examination, documentation, and research. In addition, conservators are tasked with environmental monitoring, maintaining safe display environments, and providing regular collection housekeeping.
By investing in original research relating to the collection, the Barnes is continuing to grow its resources for scholars in Philadelphia and around the world. Our most recent book was The Barnes Then and Now: Dialogues on Education, Installation, and Social Justice.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact our Institutional Giving office at 215.278.7120.
The Barnes Foundation's Corporate Council welcomes support from all sectors of the business community, from small firms to industry leaders. Members enjoy exclusive special-event privileges, complimentary admission and access for their employees, community recognition, and an affiliation with our renowned art collection.
Events and Meetings
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, our striking modern building—designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners—is the perfect setting for formal receptions, dinners, and cocktail parties. Our event spaces are equipped to handle audio-visual needs for large presentations and panel discussions, as well as smaller business and group meetings.
The Barnes Foundation is approved to receive contributions from corporations through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Eligible businesses that support our educational programs can apply to receive tax credits equal to 75% of their contribution (up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year).
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Elliot’s Vending Company, Inc.
To promote charitable giving, many companies will match their employees’ contributions to nonprofit organizations. If you are a supporter of the Barnes, you may be able to double or even triple your donation by checking with your human resources department to see if your employer offers such initiatives.