Fort Wayne Museum of Art has served the Fort Wayne community and the northeast
Indiana region for over 90 years. With
no other public art museum closer than 90 miles, the Museum is a primary
regional resource for the visual arts.
Your support of the museum helps us be a leader in the vibrant cultural life of Northeast Indiana. With your help, we are able to bring 35 exhibits and service to 110,000 children and adults annually. Consider a gift to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art through one of the opportunities below.
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 do both.
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,
A. Shepard III
President & CEO
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.
Weave the fabric of our future. Consider joining the Thieme Society.
A number of long-time supporters of FWMoA have remembered us in their estate plans, and we invite you to do the same. To honor those who are planning a future gift to FWMoA, we have created a circle of friends known as the Thieme Society. Members of the Thieme Society enjoy special recognition (or anonymity) in donor publications and are invited to exclusive events at FWMoA. Theodore Thieme was a prominent businessman who owned a weaving company in Fort Wayne. He also recognized the importance of art to the community.
In 1922, Thieme donated his home at 1026 West Berry Street, a collection of paintings and a generous sum of money to the Fort Wayne Art Association, thus creating the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Gifts large and small are essential to the long-term vitality of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. If you have a gift planned to the Museum in your will or estate, please give us a call. If you have any questions about how to make a planned gift to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, please contact Ashley Stoneburner at 260.422.6467.
Members of the Thieme Society enjoy exclusive, private events at FWMoA with CEO Charles Shepard, commemorative Thieme Society gifts, and donor recognition in FWMoA materials. Plus, naming rights are available at certain giving levels.
Members of the Thieme Society
William Andrews and Vicky Carwein
Glenn and Janellyn Borden
Prof. and Mrs. William E. Briege
lArt and Carol Cislo
Ben and Sharon Eisbart
June E. Enoch*
Dr. Fred C. and Mary Anna Feitler
Steve and Brenda Fishbaugh
Elizabeth A. Frederick
Patricia S. Griest
Melanie Thexton Hall
Scott and Catherine Hill
Ms. Terra Hipp
Mr. David Kirk and Mr. Michael Greene
William F. McNagny*
Mr. Brian Miller
Steve and Audrey Riley
Mark E. and Christine Rupp
Paul O. Sauerteig
Mrs. Paul E. Shaffer
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shepard III
Ms. Betty E. Stein*
Mr. and Mrs. Don Steininger
Nancy Peck Stewart
*denotes deceased individual
Thousands of people each year enjoy our inspiring exhibitions, our growing permanent collection, and our exciting roster of programming for children and adults. Become a Member, and join them in experiencing all of the museum's exhibits and programs to the fullest.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art values its relationships with individuals, businesses,
corporations, and foundations in the region. Through a variety of meaningful
partnerships, the Museum has been able to present hundreds of programs and
exhibitions to thousands of people in the Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio region.
Contributing to one of the many FWMoA programs, events, or exhibits can also inspire deeper engagement with many diverse types of audiences that experience museum programming. To learn more about the benefits of sponsoring FWMoA, contact Ashley Stoneburner at email@example.com, or call 260.422.6467.
In 2016, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art was able to contribute significantly to the cultural life of our community through the generous support of many sponsors, private foundations, and some public funds*, including:
Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation
Flora Dale Krouse Foundation
Indiana Arts Commission
Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Steel Dynamics Foundation
Chapman Art Fund
City of Fort Wayne
National Endowment for the Arts
Mimi and Ian Rolland Family Foundation
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Marva Komisarow Foundation
Charles W. Kuhne Charitable Trust
Old National Bank
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater Sound
Suedhoff Family Foundation
1st Source Bank
Barrett & McNagny
Beers Mallers Backs & Salin
Burt Blee Sutton Dixon & Bloom
Braun Wealth Management
DO McComb and Sons
Do It Best Corp.
Fort Wayne Art League
Galecki Financial Management
Haines, Isenbarger, & Skiba
Haller & Colvin
Howard P. Arnold Foundation
JH Specialty, Inc
Journal Gazette Foundation
Martin Riley Architects
MKM Architecture + Design
PNC Financial Services
Rothberg, Logan, & Warsco
Star Financial Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
*We are grateful for all gifts; however, only gifts of $1,000 and above are listed on our website.
Give to the collection, and give to the future
Each year, the Fill the Frame Fund helps us acquire new art, host new exhibits, and make the Museum's Collections more accessible to the community.
The Museum's permanent collection is a record of our time, visual artifacts reflecting our people's greatest achievements in vision, craft, and creativity. The objects held in the public trust are housed safely in the museum, each work carefully cared for and preserved for the benefit our community. In essence, the collections held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art belong to the people of our community, and with your support, they will grow in size and scope for generations to come.
To give to this unique fund, start with the link to your right, or contact Capri Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeanette Pasin Sloan; Nicholas Roosevelt, Samuel Williamson silver
The following companies have committed to Corporate Membership with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Benefits include membership benefits for company executives, discounts off employee memberships, free tickets to seasonal parties, and sponsorship exposure at FWMoA throughout the year. To learn more about joining this program, contact Ashley Stoneburner at 260.422.6467 or email@example.com.
Giving is easy when it's a part of your everyday purchases. Visit the link to support FWMoA when you shop through Amazon Smile.