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There are many ways to support the Barnes Foundation, 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 Legacy Society by including the Foundation in your estate plan.

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.

Target Your Gift

Many of our donors are passionate about specific programs at the Barnes, such as art conservation, adult education, or community outreach. 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, research, and publications
  • Early childhood and K–8 education
  • Adult education and scholarships
  • Internships and fellowships
  • Conservation
  • Music, performance, film, and other public programs
  • Community partnerships and access
  • Innovation and interactive technology
  • Library and archives
  • Arboretum and living collections
  • Buildings and grounds
  • Naming opportunities
  • Endowment

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 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.  

End-of-Year Giving

For tax purposes, to ensure that your contribution is credited to the 2017 calendar year, all checks and cash must be postmarked by December 31, 2017. Credit card donations can be made by phone at 215.278.7100 until 4pm EST on December 31, or online until 11:59pm EST on December 31. If you would like to make a gift using appreciated securities, please contact your broker to ensure that stock is transferred by 4pm on December 31. For gifts of mutual funds, be aware that these gifts may take several weeks to complete. Please note that our administrative offices will be closed on Monday, December 25.