Ways to Give

Many civic-minded individuals have given generously and sometimes anonymously to IMA. These gifts include works of art, funds to both purchase and preserve art, and monies to increase endowments. These gifts continue to enrich IMA’s collection and build its endowment, thus ensuring the mission and future of Indianapolis Museum of Art, Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens, and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.

If you have questions, please contact the Development Department by phone at 317-920-2684 or by email at development@imamuseum.org.


The IMA would like to thank those who supported the Viewfinders program for the 2014–2015 school year, especially Marna Shopoff, through power2give.org, an initiative of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Annual Fund

A gift to the IMA's Annual Fund will help to support the presentation and care of our permanent collection of more than 54,000 objects and 152 acres of historic gardens and grounds. Your generosity also enhances our broader efforts to provide outstanding programs and distinctive exhibitions to the Indianapolis metropolitan area and beyond.


Separate from your will, you may name the IMA as beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy and/or insurance annuities.

Charitable Bequest

Bequests are the most frequent type of planned gift made to a charity. To make a bequest, simply name the IMA in your will or revocable living trust. Your gift can be a percentage of your estate or you can give a certain amount of cash, securities or property.

Charitable Gift Annuity

You may transfer property of cash, stocks or other assets to the IMA in exchange for a fixed dollar amount each year to you or someone else.

Charitable Lead Trust

You place assets in a trust and assign the income to the IMA for a certain number of years or for the lifetime of an individual. Assets remaining in the trust will pass to you or the named beneficiaries.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Income from the trust is paid to one or more beneficiaries that you identify. The beneficiaries receive the income for as long as they live or for a specified number of years. After the lifetime of the beneficiaries, assets from the trust are passed to the IMA.

Gifts of Art

Art acquisitions are at the bloodline of the Museum collection. Donors considering a gift or a bequest of art, please contact the IMA to make arrangements for a curator to meet with you to discuss the artwork and your wishes.

Gifts of Real Estate

You may wish to deed your home or property to the IMA while retaining the right to use the property for life. After your lifetime or the lifetime of any named occupant, the IMA will assume responsibility of your home.

Honor/Memorial Gifts

An honor or memorial gift is an especially significant recognition of an esteemed family member, colleague, friend or mentor. Contributions are made in the name of the significant individual to commemorate the impact they have on the donor's life. It can be an outright contribution or an endowed gift that will recognize the honoree in perpetuity.

Legacy Circle

IMA invites you to become a member of IMA’s Legacy Circle. Membership in the Legacy Circle is designated for persons who elect to leave a legacy to IMA with a planned gift. Legacy donors join a distinguished group of individuals whose support ensures the future of IMA as a preeminent art institution. And, like them, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have enhanced the quality of life of others for generations to come.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees, doubling or sometimes tripling the impact of your support. If your company is eligible, please request a matching gift form from your employer and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. Please keep in mind that some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.