View on the River Wye painting

Planned Giving

Support the museum into the future, even after your lifetime

There are many ways to support the Denver Art Museum’s mission into the future, even after your lifetime. Creating a bequest, charitable gift annuity or giving appreciated stock may offer tax savings now or in the future. By alerting the museum of your planned gift, we appreciate the opportunity to thank you today and recognize you as a member of the Helen Dill Society.

Learn more by reviewing the options below, contacting your financial advisor, or talking with someone on our Development team. Please also contact us to share your planned gift intentions and become part of the Helen Dill Society.

For more information about planned giving, contact Arpie Chucovich at 720-913-0036 or

Become a Member of the Helen Dill Society

In 1932, the bequest of a schoolteacher named Helen Dill enabled the museum to establish a fund for the acquisition of art. The Helen Dill Society honors those who continue her commitment with a bequest or other estate plan arrangement benefiting the Denver Art Museum. Members enjoy an annual recognition event and private exhibition tour, estate planning information, and recognition in our annual report. Become a member of the Helen Dill Society by supporting the museum in your estate plans.

Ways to Plan Your Gift


The simplest way to make a planned gift is through a bequest in your will. Undesignated bequests allow the museum to use the funds where they are most needed. Please talk with us if you are interested in directing a bequest to support a specific fund or to endow a specific program or art collection.

Retirement Plan Assets and IRAs

Bequeathing retirement assets to the museum allows you to fulfill your charitable objectives while preserving more of your estate's value for family members. Designating the museum as the beneficiary of your retirement account or IRA may help your estate bypass multi-tier tax exposures, preserve the value of your estate, and protect your heirs from potential tax burdens.

Life Insurance

Giving a life insurance policy is a great way to transform a modest gift into a dramatic one. You can transfer ownership of a fully paid policy to the museum, reassign ownership and beneficiary status for a policy on which premiums are still being paid, or establish a new policy and designate the museum as applicant, owner, and beneficiary.

Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable gift annuities provide beneficiaries with a fixed income for life in exchange for a gift of cash or marketable securities to the museum. The rates of return are generally higher than those from savings or money market accounts, and you can choose whether to receive income immediately or wait until retirement.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Contribute to the future of the museum, secure lifetime annual payments for yourself and/or other beneficiaries, and generate substantial tax benefits with a charitable remainder trust. A trust of this kind provides beneficiaries with income for life or a specified length of time and then distributes the remaining assets to the museum. An income tax deduction is available immediately.

Charitable Lead Trusts

With a charitable lead trust, you make a significant multi-year gift to the museum and maximize the value of assets for your heirs. This type of trust pays an annual amount to the museum, with the assets ultimately passing on to another beneficiary. You can decide whether to receive an income tax deduction or pass savings on to your estate.

Gifts of Art

The Denver Art Museum has an excellent program for acquiring works of art to enhance its collections, either today or planned for the future. Because gifts of art require careful preparation, please contact us to ensure that the museum can accept your gift. We will guide you through the process and provide answers to your appraisal and tax questions.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Polce at 720-913-0035 or