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Planned Giving

Charitable Gift Annuities

"In Giving, You Receive."

Visitors to the American Art Museum in front of the sculpture, Marla, by Irving Dominick, 1982

Charles lives in New York City with his wife Judith. Their mutual love of art led them to many years of volunteer service at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and fired their enthusiasm for American art. Their charitable gift annuity allows them to receive income and upon Charles's death, the remaining principal will benefit the museum.

If you are tired of living at the mercy of the fluctuating stock and real estate markets and you are looking for secure sources of fixed income for now or future retirement, supporting the Smithsonian American Art Museum with a charitable gift annuity can be a win-win proposition.

A charitable gift annuity provides you with a guaranteed income for life and you will receive a charitable deduction for the value of your future gift to the museum. No matter the size, your gift will help us present a dazzling showcase of American art for generations to come.

You can establish a charitable gift annuity, which is a simple contract between you and the Smithsonian, for a minimum gift of $10,000 using cash or securities. In return, you secure a fixed income for the life of one or two individuals, part of which is tax-free. The specific rate of income is based on the age of the donor.

Please contact the Development Office at (202) 633-8420 or by e-mail at contact for more information.

Pictured: Visitors to the American Art Museum with Marla, by Irving Dominick, 1982, cut, bent, soldered, and riveted galvanized iron 59 x 35 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (149.9 x 89.5 x 37.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.