Create a Legacy, Support the Arts

1. Prepare a will. Only 50% of those who pass away have one. Without a will, you may lose control over your belongings.

2. Leave a gift in your will for a charitable or nonprofit organization. Museums such as San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA and Fine Arts Museum of SF are good local candidates to name a few.

3. Leave a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the assets in your will to a nonprofit of your choice. If you care about and have supported an arts organization during your lifetime, a planned gift to the organization’s endowment will enable you to continue your support well into the future.

4. Consider using assets for your charitable gift. For example: stocks, bonds, CD’s, real estate, vehicles, art and jewelry. Such gifts may even provide tax savings.

5. Name a nonprofit of your choice as the beneficiary of your pension plan, IRA, or life insurance policy.

6. Purchase art from emerging and local artists! By avoiding decorative and antique art, a collection built on contemporary artists supports living artists and makes your home more interesting (at least in our opinion).

7. Actively participate and support arts organizations throughout your lifetime. Starting memberships usually begin around $50 and allow you and a guest free admittance for a full year. Don’t forget memberships can also make great gifts!

8. Rent arts spaces, such as a theater, museum (gallery or auditorium) for meetings, company events and holiday gatherings.

9. Propose to your organization that they update their look and increase productivity, morale and creativity by hanging some quality art on the wall.

10. Encourage a love of the arts in your children, so they will continue to actively participate and support the arts throughout their lifetime.