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There are many ways to support the Barnes, with special benefits and privileges available in recognition of your generosity.

Individual Giving

The Barnes Foundation relies on the generous support of individuals like you. Your contribution helps to ensure that the Barnes is a vibrant cultural and educational resource now and for generations to come.

There are many ways to demonstrate your support for the Barnes, such as donating to the Annual Fund, joining the Circles premier membership program, contributing to special exhibitions, and becoming a member of the Barnes 1922 Legacy Society by including the Foundation in your estate plan.

The Barnes accepts gifts of cash, securities, and grants through family foundations and donor-advised funds.

Annual Fund

Donations to the Annual Fund support areas of greatest need at the Barnes. Your 100% tax-deductible gift will help fund programs including arts education for both children and adults, the conservation of artworks in our collection, and the development of special exhibitions.



The Circles is a dynamic group of individuals whose generous annual gifts provide critical, unrestricted support for the Barnes Foundation’s mission and programs. As a sign of our appreciation, Circle members are invited to major events and receive special recognition, access, and benefits.

Exhibition Fund

Special exhibitions at the Barnes Foundation are designed to engage our diverse and growing audience while revealing new perspectives for experiencing the permanent collection. Gifts to the Exhibition Fund directly support all activities related to exhibition production, including curatorial research, planning, art transport, exhibition design, installation, and publications. For more information, contact the Advancement office at 215.278.7113.

Target Your Gift

Many of our donors are passionate about specific programs at the Barnes, such as art conservation, adult education, or community engagement. If you wish, we can direct your contribution to benefit your particular area of interest. For more information, contact the Advancement office at 215.278.7110.

  • Curatorial projects, collection research, and publications
  • Special exhibitions
  • Pre-K–12 education
  • Adult education and scholarships
  • Internships and fellowships
  • Conservation and collection care
  • Music, performance, film, and other public programs
  • Community engagement programs, community partnerships, and access
  • Innovation and interactive technology
  • Library and archives
  • Buildings and grounds
  • Second Century Campaign: Endowment and multi-year project support and naming opportunities provide transformative experiences for generations to come.

Planned Giving

Making a planned gift is a thoughtful way to contribute to the future of the Barnes and to create a legacy that will inspire other art and horticulture enthusiasts for generations to come. Learn more about planned giving and the Barnes 1922 Legacy Society.

Matching Gifts

To promote charitable giving, many companies match their employees’ contributions to nonprofit organizations. You may be able to double or even triple your contribution by checking with your human resources department to see if your employer offers such initiatives.

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Donor-Advised Funds

The Barnes Foundation accepts one time or recurring contributions through donor-advised funds (DAF). You may easily begin the process of donating through your DAF using the tool below, or by contacting your DAF sponsor organization directly.