Dear generous friend,
I am continuously amazed at the generosity of people like you who help others have inspirational art experiences. You, more than anyone, understand the power of an encounter with a moving work of art.
What do you feel when you are struck by art? Are you in awe of its beauty? Do you feel encouraged to be creative? Maybe you love the glimmer of glass, or you feel a powerful connection with the story that art tells.
In my 17 years as CEO of FWMoA, I’ve been motivated by the inspirational experiences that each and every person has when they see something beautiful in our museum. Just like there are endless ways for an artist to create, there are endless ways to inspire people with art.
For many, this profound experience has been disrupted or altogether taken away as we navigate the turbulent waters of the pandemic. But I’m not dismayed, because you have never backed down from your support of art, creativity, and this museum.
Our exhibitions are as inspirational as ever, but we need your support to reach even more people at home through excellent and accessible digital content. We need your support to help us reach everyone.
Shouldn’t everyone be inspired? I ask you to join me in helping everyone be inspired by art by supporting the 2020 Annual Fund. Your gifts will help thousands of people of all ages have art experiences—at the museum and at home—that change their lives.
With many thanks,
Charles A. Shepard III
President & CEO
P.S. Your donation keeps the gift of inspiration accessible to all. We can do things like free Thursday nights and discount admission for disadvantaged families because of you.
Ways to Give:
One unique way to set up legacy planning is by using a donor advised fund. A donor advised fund allows the donor to make a tax deductible contribution of cash or highly appreciated stock. The money will continue to grow tax-free until the funds are dispersed to the 501(c)(3) charity of their choice. This allows for ongoing support of the charities that are important to the donor both over their lifetime and beyond. The donor advised fund can also be named the beneficiary of an IRA. Lastly, the popularity of donor advised funds have increased over the years as the standard deduction for a married couple increased to $24,800 in 2020. Meaning that in order to get the benefit of itemizing your deductions you mast have greater than $24,800 in deductions. What a number of individuals are doing is making a considerable contribution one-year to the donor advised fund allowing them to get the benefit of itemizing, and then not make a contribution the follow year(s). They will then use the accumulated contributions in the donor advised fund to make their annual charitable contributions.
With so much that is has been reshaped or made off limits, art endures. One visitor recently shared that her visit “brought me faith in humanity and showed me the peace inside art.” The Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s mission is about adding value to the lives of diverse audiences through American art. With the backdrop of a global pandemic and great uncertainty, I am more committed than ever to this mission.
Our latest visitor experience survey underscored the importance of the Museum’s role in our region – 94% of people who took the survey said they learned something new about American art, and 78% said their appreciation for it had grown. When the Museum was closed to visitors due to COVID-19, the Museum found new ways to serve the community. In May, the Community Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Now campaign helped FWMoA leverage over $10,000 in less than 8 hours to fully fund its campaign to create virtual video tours of its exhibitions.
Last year’s Annual Report featured the 2018-19 gift of Martin Blank’s Repose in Amber, and that gift inspired two other national collectors to give major sculptures, Martin Blank’s Dream Sequence and Steven Linn’s Rodia’s Tower. The Museum’s permanent collection continues to grow, and this has allowed the Museum flexibility and stability in times like these.
We are so grateful to you for your support. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you!
Ellen Cutter, Chair
FWMoA Board of Trustees
Contribute a tax-deductible gift to our most important campaign of the year: the campaign that brings art to the people. All donors to the Annual Appeal will be recognized in the FWMoA Annual Report.
With your gift of $100-$249 to the Annual Fund, you’ll receive a free canvas tote celebrating the Steven Sorman Archives at FWMoA!
With your gift of $250 or more, you’ll receive a free limited-edition 14.5x7" original collagraph, "SMARTY", designed and hand-printed by Fort Wayne artist Audrey Riley, commissioned especially for new donors to the Annual Fund. Several colors available while supplies last!