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  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • Membership & Gift Office
  • P.O. Box 340029
  • Boston, MA 02241-0429

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 All alumnae receive class credit for gifts to Smith College that benefit the Museum.


Annual Appeal 2016

Whether we’re developing new exhibitions and programs, facilitating teaching and learning with our world-class collection—or envisioning the museum’s future—careful team-based planning and a desire to improve the visitor experience for our varied audiences are at the root of all that we do at SCMA.

—Jessica Nicoll ’83, Director and Louise Ines Doyle ’34 Chief Curator

Each year I reach out to SCMA’s core supporters to ask for your help with
an important project, one that will have a significant impact on our visitors’ experience. In that spirit, I invite you to team up with the museum by making a contribution toward this year’s Annual Appeal.

With generous initial support from the Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston and the Fullgraf Foundation, we are moving forward with strategic planning under the expert guidance of brightspot strategy, consultants to Smith’s exciting new library project who have had substantial prior experience working with academic museums.

We need to raise $40,000 through the 2016 Annual Appeal to help lay the groundwork for audience-based initiatives that will grow out of the museum’s new five-year strategic plan.

We are aiming to create a strategic plan that will embrace opportunities and big questions such as: How can SCMA use new technologies to achieve and express its distinctive mission as a teaching museum?

Thank you for being part of SCMA’s loyal team of supporters. Please contribute no later than June 30, 2016 to ensure that your support will be counted toward this year’s appeal.

Thanks again!

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SCMA members enjoy special access to the Museum and all that it offers. Above all, they support and sustain excellence in teaching and learning. Learn more about membership.


Gifts of Art

Gifts of tangible personal property offer the donor an immediate tax deduction. The amount depends on the value of the gift and whether it is related to the college's educational mission.

Gifts related to Smith's educational mission generate a tax deduction for the full market value of the object, as determined by a qualified independent appraiser. The Museum is not permitted to appraise works of art or to recommend appraisers, but can supply donors with names of appraisal services.

SCMA accepts gifts of art for its permanent collection. Gift offers are reviewed by the Curatorial Council, which considers the quality of the work, its appropriateness to the Museum’s holdings and value for teaching purposes, and the artwork’s provenance (its history of legal ownership). On rare occasions, the Museum accepts gifts of study objects and works that are offered with the understanding that they will be sold, with the sale proceeds used to purchase other works of art for the permanent collection.

If you are considering a gift of art, please contact Smith College Museum of Art at 413.585.2760 or


Planned Giving

Planned gifts can benefit you and the Smith College Museum of Art by securing the Museum's future and leaving a legacy. Smith College planned giving staff will be pleased to provide you with information about and support in making a bequest, charitable gift annuity, or charitable trust, or help you include in your will gifts of artwork designated for the Art Museum. Planned Giving Web site.



An endowed gift is a significant sum of money that is managed by Smith College. The principal is never spent, but the income it generates is used for the purpose the donor and the college agree upon.

Because SCMA depends on endowment support for the long-term, creating an endowed fund is a way to ensure that what you value most about SCMA will extend beyond your lifetime. Museum donors have established endowed funds that support art acquisitions, staff and curatorial positions, internships, conservation, exhibitions, publications, research, academic initiatives, lectures, and symposia. Endowed gifts can be made either during the donor’s lifetime or by a bequest.

For information about establishing an endowment at SCMA, please contact: Jessica Nicoll, Director and Louise Ines Doyle ’34 Chief Curator


Tax Facts

All gifts to the Museum are considered gifts to Smith College and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.


Matching Gifts

With matching gifts, it is possible to double, triple, or even quadruple your impact. More than 1,000 corporations, foundations, and other organizations will match their employees’ charitable contributions either dollar-for-dollar, or at a ratio of up to four to one. Learn more about matching gifts.



Photos: Lynne Graves for SCMA