Planned Giving

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    Emilio Banuelos, senior studio artist educator; Daphne and Stuart Wells; and Jeff Bordona, director of education photographed at Mt. Pleasant STEAM Academy, 2016

    From left: Emilio Banuelos, senior studio artist educator; Daphne and Stuart Wells; and Jeff Bordona, director of education photographed at Mt. Pleasant STEAM Academy, 2016

Your legacy is unique. Thank you for making San José Museum of Art a part of your plan.

When you include SJMA in your will or estate plans, you help sustain the Museum’s impact for generations to come. Your legacy supports our shared mission of bringing art and community together for education, enjoyment, and engagement, while reflecting the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley.

Legacy makers who include SJMA in their will become members of our Founders’ Society, named for the many individuals who led a community-based effort to found the Museum in 1969. Today's members include supporters of all ages and interests whose generosity continues that legacy. We invite you to join these visionaries in ensuring the Museum’s future successes.

“We think the arts are very important in the development of a whole person. As lifelong educators, we had very clear criteria for the organizations we were willing to support. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the people we kept meeting through SJMA and the quality of the art curriculum they design and teach to children.”

—Daphne and Stuart Wells, Founders’ Society members since 2018

There are many ways to create a legacy. Whether your goals are to provide long-term support for SJMA while also protecting your heirs and the people you love, to reduce or eliminate taxes, to diversify your appreciation, or to supplement your income, you have many choices. Learn more by reviewing the options below, contacting your financial advisor, and getting in touch with Kathleen Backus, senior philanthropy officer, at kbackus@sjmusart.org or 408.521.4012. 

Inform SJMA of your plans to join the Founders' Society today!

How to Give

What to Give

The Founders’ Society

Individuals and families whose planned gifts and bequests carry on the legacy of SJMA’s founding members are recognized and honored through membership in the Founders’ Society. Members join a generation of supporters whose legacy has helped enable SJMA to grow and thrive. Learn more about the Founders’ Society and its members here.

Who to Contact

Create your legacy. Contact your tax advisor or financial planner––and let SJMA know! Contact Kathleen Backus, senior philanthropy officer, at kbackus@sjmusart.org or 408.521.4012.

For Professional Advisors

We share your values of professionalism, integrity, and honesty when serving clients. We believe that charitable giving is a process that involves the donor, their advisors, and our philanthropy team. We look forward to working with you to arrange the best gift possible for the desires and needs of your client. 

Please contact Kathleen Backus, senior philanthropy officer, at kbackus@sjmusart.org or 408.521.4012. Also see How to Plan a Gift for tools such as legal name, Federal Tax ID number, privacy policy, and sample bequest language.