Support FAQ

Q. Is the NBMAA a charitable organization?

A. The NBMAA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization; its Federal Employer ID is 06-1422234.


Q. Is my gift, sponsorship, or membership tax-deductible?

A. Basic members are fully tax-deductible; the tax deductibility at the Circle and Premier Membership levels varies by level. The tax-deductible portion of sponsorships will vary depending on benefits. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Q. What is the difference between membership and gifts to the Annual Fund?

A. Membership is a benefit-based program that encourages individuals to become active in the life of the NBMAA. Memberships provide goods and/or services in exchange for money.
Gifts to the Annual Fund are outright contributions, which support the Museum’s daily operations. They are not in exchange for goods and/or services and therefore are fully tax-deductible.


Q. Where can I visit with my NBMAA membership card?

A. All members receive unlimited free general admission to NBMAA and 10 other museums in New England.

The NBMAA is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Program. Members at Circle Level and above will receive free admission to over 1,000 art museums and galleries, historical museums and societies, botanical gardens, children’s museums, zoos, and more. Just show your NBMAA membership card with the gold NARM sticker to receive this benefit. For more information and a complete list of participating museums, please visit the NARM website.


Q. Can I upgrade my membership mid-year to take advantage of additional benefits?

A. Yes! Please contact Jenna Lucas, Development and Membership Coordinator at (860) 229-0257, ext. 231 or [email protected].


Q. Can I make a gift to support an exhibition or specific program? 

A. Absolutely – to discuss exhibition or program support and sponsorship, please contact Amanda Shuman-Bisson, Associate Director of Development, at [email protected] or (860) 229-0257, ext. 246.


Q: Can I make a gift anonymously?

A: Yes, please indicate your wishes to remain anonymous at the time of gift and we will honor that request.


Q: Can I make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one?

A: Yes. Please include the name and mailing address of the individual whom you wish to honor and we will be happy to notify that person/family of your gift (if applicable).


Q: How will my gift be recognized?

A: Gifts are recognized in the Annual Report, in the Museum Lobby, and in various ways throughout the year. Please contact the Development Office at (860) 229-0257, ext. 246 to inform us how you wish to be listed or if you prefer to remain anonymous.


Q. I am interested in leaving a legacy gift to the Museum. What is this process?

A. For information about Planned Giving at the NBMAA and the Heritage Society, please visit or contact Amanda Shuman-Bisson, Associate Director of Development, at [email protected] or (860) 229-0257, ext. 246.


Q. How do I give a gift of securities?

A. For payments made by gifts of stock, please have your broker transfer securities to:

DTC Number: 2039

Account Name (Broker Name): SEI Private Trust Company

Account Number (Broker account number): 11102-C

For Further Credit Account: 15806-STK - New Britain Museum of American Art

Please notify Director of Finance, Joanne Humen, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 221 or [email protected] or Associate Director of Development, Amanda Shuman-Bisson, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 246 or [email protected] to expect transfer.


Q. Can I designate a gift from my Donor Advised Fund?

A. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization, donors can designate their Donor Advised Fund gifts to the New Britain Museum of American Art.


Q. Can I give through an IRA Charitable Rollover?

A. If you are 70 ½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your individual retirement account (IRA) withdrawals and support the NBMAA.

To do so, contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift.

Q. Does my gift qualify for a corporate matching gift?

A. Many corporations have matching gift programs for their employees, retirees, and board members. This extra support is greatly appreciated. First, contact your employer and determine if they will match your gift. If so, obtain their matching gift form, complete it, and mail it to the NBMAA; or follow their directions for online registration of your gift. Please contact Jenna Lucas, Development and Membership Coordinator at (860) 229-0257, ext. 231 or [email protected]


Q. When should I expect to review my membership cards?

A. Your cards should arrive within three weeks from the day we receive your information. If you would like to visit the Museum and have not yet received your card, simply present your photo ID at the Front Desk.


Q. How many cards will I receive?

A. Student/Educator, Individual Senior, and Household Senior memberships all include one card. All other membership levels include two cards. Please clearly indicate the Second Cardholder’s Name on your membership form or check the box for a ‘Guest Of’ card to be used for other guests


Q. I am interested in donating artwork, what should I do?

A. The development of the NBMAA’s collection has been advanced over the years by generous monetary gifts earmarked for acquisition and gifts of artwork and whole collections. The NBMAA welcomes your gifts of artwork which can be made through outright gift, fractional gift, or through a bequest.

Please contact Keith Gervase, Collections Manager, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 217 or [email protected].


Q. Can the Museum donate to my organization’s event?

A. The NBMAA is delighted honored to support other area non-profit organizations in their fundraising auctions, raffles, or events. Please visit for donation criteria and an online form to make your request.