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Thank you for supporting the Portland Art Museum. Through your gift, the Museum is able to provide programs and services to over 300,000 visitors each year, engage the public with art and film of enduring quality, facilitate dialogue with diverse audiences, and collect, preserve, and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations.

For any questions regarding giving to the Museum, please contact the Development Department or call the Development Hotline at 503-276-4365.
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Giving Opportunities

Exhibition Series Fund

Exhibitions are our cornerstone program and our economic engine, supporting all other Museum activities by encouraging attendance, membership, gift shop sales, and even event space rentals. Every year the Museum raises funds from major donors, corporations, and foundations to support exhibitions. About 50 percent of these donors directly support an individual exhibition, and the other 50 percent support our Exhibition Series—a fund that can support any and all exhibitions. The Exhibition Series fund is critically important to the Museum, enabling the allocation of resources to support a diversity of shows.

To make a contribution by phone, call the Development Hotline at 503-276-4365.

Your 100 percent tax deductible gift will serve as a direct contribution to our exhibitions, which will feature a truly spectacular slate over the next 12 months. Preview Upcoming Exhibitions.

Your generous donation will be recognized on the Museum’s electronic donor walls and website, in Portal, and at the Annual Members’ Meeting. You will also receive exclusive invitations to private donor events throughout the year. Most importantly, however, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your support helps drive the Portland Art Museum’s mission forward in our community.


The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, Prudence M. Miller, Annual Fund Exhibition Series Supporters, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, William G. Gilmore Foundation, Mary C. Becker, Maribeth Collins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Nancie S. McGraw, Pat and Trudy Ritz, Arlene Schnitzer, Larry and Jane Viehl, The Standard, The Sharon and Keith Barnes Endowment Fund, Flowerree Foundation, Patricia Johnson and Michael Davidson/The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Work for Art.

IN-KIND SPONSORS: The Oregonian, Delta Air Lines, Virtual Information Executives, Extensis, Portland Monthly, NW Natural, MTek Kiosk, Inc., Ziba Design.



Ray Hickey Foundation, Wes and Nancy Lematta Fund of the OCF, The Lamb Baldwin Foundation, U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Foundation, William H. and Mary L. Bauman Foundation, Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, Inc., PGE Foundation.



Planned Giving

You have the power to make a lasting impact on the Portland Art Museum through a planned gift. Planned giving is often called “customized philanthropy” because each gift is designed to meet the museum’s strategic goals for the future while many times providing benefits to you today. A well-planned gift communicates your legacy; it tells a story of what you hold as most important and valuable in your life and community.

Learn more.


Endowment Opportunities

Through an endowment, funding for critical staff positions is permanently secured, allowing money previously allocated for salary and benefits to be redirected to other institutional expenses. Donors, meanwhile, have the wonderful opportunity to support areas of personal interest within the Museum’s collections. The names of donors or honorees are carried forward into the future through associations with important leadership, scholarship, and educational activities. Named endowment funds are not just for those who have passed on — they are also a meaningful way to honor and recognize a donor while alive.

Endowed Positions

Named Galleries & Exhibition Spaces $1 million+
Chief Conservator $1 million
Curator of Decorative Arts $2 million
Director of Education and Public Programs $2 million
Curator of Native American Arts $2 million
Curator of Prints & Drawings $2 million
Director of the Northwest Film Center $2 million

Additional Endowments

Unrestricted Named Endowments $250,000+
Annual Lecture Series and Symposiums
(Northwest, Asian, American, European,
Native American, Photography)
$500,000 each
Publications Endowment $1 million
Critical Voices Lecture Series $1 million
Free Admission for Children & Students $1 million
Free Admission for School Tours $1 million
Free Transportation for School Tours $1 million
Free General Admission for one day/mo $1.25 million
Free Sunday Admission, four/yr $1.25 million



General Operating Fund

As is typical for major museums in the United States, the average cost per visitor to the Portland Art Museum is approximately $60. Yet, the admission fee is only $15 and only covers a portion of the cost. Additionally, we offer a wide range of free opportunities (free admission for children 17 and under, free school tours, free fourth Friday evenings, and free quarterly Museum Sundays) that allow our community to engage with the programs, exhibitions, and collections regardless of the ability to pay. Gifts to the General Operating Fund help bridge these gaps and pay for basic Museum operating necessities.

To make a contribution by phone, call the Development Hotline at 503-276-4365.


Exhibition Sponsorship

Through their gifts, exhibition sponsors enable our community’s interaction with world-class exhibitions. Sponsorship of individual exhibitions begins at $10,000; sponsorship of the two-year exhibition series begins at $25,000. Sponsorship benefits can include recognition within the exhibition gallery, in the exhibition catalogue, and on the Museum website.

Sponsorship can also be tailored to meet the specific needs of the donor. Donors also have the satisfaction of knowing that their contributions enable access to works of art of enduring quality that deepen our understanding of humanity.

For more information about exhibition sponsorship, call the Development Hotline at 503-276-4365.


Acquisitions Fund

Beginning with the Museum’s first gift, from Henry Corbett ($10,000 in 1895 to purchase casts of Greek and Roman sculptures), funds supplied by donors have shaped the Museum’s collection. Generous contributions towards art purchase endowments and direct gifts to support art purchases have allowed the Museum to acquire hundreds of important works of art, including:

  • Patrician Barnacle (Scale), Robert Rauschenberg, American, 1981, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Carol and John Hampton
  • La chambre à coucher de l’empereur (The Emperor’s Bedchamber), Reuben Nakian, 1954, Museum Purchase: Robert Hale Ellis, Jr. Fund for the Blanche Eloise Day Ellis and Robert Hale Ellis Memorial Collection

For more information on creating an endowment or providing an outright gift to support the purchase of art, call the Development Hotline at 503-276-4365.


Gifts of Art

The Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection has been built through the generous donations of works of art by private collectors. There are thousands of examples, including:

  • Vincent van Gogh, Charette de Boeuf (The Ox Cart), July 1884, Oil on canvas. Gift of Fred and Frances Sohn
  • More than 8,000 prints and drawings donated by Vivian and Gordon Gilkey
  • Kazuyo Sejima, Coffee and Tea Service, 2003, Silver. Gift of Margo Grant Walsh Twentieth Century Silver and Metalwork Collection

Your gift of museum-quality art will ensure that current and future visitors to the Portland Art Museum will experience the power of art. Potential donors are advised to send a photo and brief description of their object to the Curatorial Department of the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205, or via email to