Support the Phillips


Your Gift Matters

There are many ways to support the Phillips above and beyond membership contributions. Gifts of all sizes help to keep the Phillips strong and vibrant, offering visitors opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

Unrestricted gifts go toward a wide range of needs at the Phillips, including maintenance of the 1897 Phillips house and expanded modern facilities, outstanding special exhibitions, engaging educational outreach, and the conservation of works of art. General support nurtures the museum's growth, empowering the Phillips to reach out in exciting new ways to our community and beyond. These tax-deductible gifts go directly to areas of greatest need within the museum.

No matter what its size, your gift will play an invaluable role in the future of the museum and have an impact on all who come to enjoy the Phillips.

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Double or even triple the impact of your donation to The Phillips Collection by participating in your employer's matching gift program.

Many employers will match your charitable contribution to the Phillips with an equal or higher amount if you or your spouse are an employee, retiree, or board member of a company. The Phillips Collection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, an important qualification for many companies' matching gifts programs.

Check with your company to see if they have a matching gifts program and to request a matching gift form from your employer. Send the completed and signed form with your gift and we will do the rest!

For more information about employer matching gifts, contact:

     Development Department

Support Music

Since its opening in 1921, the Phillips has included music programs as an integral part of its cultural offerings. The Sunday Concerts, established in 1941, are among Washington's premier chamber music programs. The Phillips offers an exciting evening concert series, Leading European Composers. Jazz performances enliven Phillips after 5 on the first Thursday of the month.

We invite your participation in three initiatives to support music programs:

If you are already a member of the Phillips, please consider adding $1,200 to your membership donation for a Phillips Chamber Society season subscription. Designed to connect with those who know and love the Sunday Concerts, the season subscription offers enhanced benefits, including:

  • Free admission and priority seating at Sunday Concerts and Leading European Composers
  • Invitations to a fall and spring salon concert at private art-filled homes
  • Invitations to private post-concert receptions 
  • Advance e-mail notice of concert programming 

The Phillips Music Annual Fund is crucial support needed to ensure that we can continue to offer a dynamic concert season. These gifts are fully tax deductible.

The Phillips Music Endowment Fund was established to provide a solid foundation for the music program for decades to come. The fund's current goal is to build a $3 million endowment, which would provide the $150,000 needed annually for artists' honoraria, the music director, recordings, concert expenses, and other costs. Gifts of any size can be added to the endowment. Naming opportunities are available. The Phillips is happy to work with donors to customize a package of recognition opportunities and benefits.

For more information about contributing to the Music Annual Fund or Endowment Fund, or joining the Phillips Chamber Society, contact:

     Development Department

Support the Library and Archives

The Phillips Collection has a long-standing commitment to supporting research into modern art through its on-site library and archives. In 2006, the library and archives moved into a new, modern library space. Since then, an ambitious, multiyear cataloging initiative has allowed the library to launch an online catalog, which includes finding aids, oral histories, and other resources.

You can help the Phillips library and archives to continue moving forward as a high-quality, specialized resource for modern art research through two initiatives:

Digital bookplates displayed on the library's website and linked to specific works in the catalog acknowledge the generosity of library donors and friends.

The Phillips Collection is conducting professional oral history interviews with Phillips family members, former directors, current and former staff members, and others. You can help fund the costs for an interview, which may include preparatory research, a transcription fee, and travel.

For more information about supporting the library and archives, contact:

     Development Department