Support PAFA

PAFA is deeply grateful for individuals who help us sustain our museum, school, exhibitions, and public outreach and education programs.

Hoang Tran guides a member tour of the PAFA archives.

Museum Membership

Explore America's rich artistic heritage and the achievements of its greatest artists. PAFA members enjoy year-round benefits including complimentary admission, exclusive member programming and events—plus discounts on the Museum Store, Continuing Education, Summer Camps, Tableau Cafè and much more.

A student works on a project.


With your support of annual giving through the PAFA Fund, we can make art accessible to even more people—from our visionary students to the children and families exploring their creativity through our community outreach programs.

Mickalene Thomas, (b. 1971) Din Avec la Main Dans le Miroir on gallery wall

Special Exhibitions

Special exhibitions at PAFA expand the narrative of American art and history to highlight previously-excluded voices, with a particular focus on women and artists of color. Highlighting our world-class collection, exhibitions reflect on, engage with, and respond to three centuries of American art tradition, furthering scholarship in the field and inspiring visitors from across the country and around the world. 

L-R: PAFA President & CEO David R. Brigham, FMC Corporation CEO Pierre R. Brondeau, FMC Corporation COO Mark Douglas, PAFA School of Fine Arts Dean Clint Jukkala.

Corporate Partnerships

There are many ways to support PAFA. In turn, your company can benefit from being involved at PAFA.

a student works on a project.

Alumni Giving

Giving to the Alumni Annual Fund supports the next generation of great artists as well as the teachers who encourage and inspire them. Many of the things PAFA alumni loved about being a student would not be possible without contributions to the Alumni Annual Fund, which the school draws upon frequently to address its most pressing needs—such as student scholarships, faculty sabbaticals, academic resources, and more.

Working on a project in the sculpture studios.

PAFA First

For more than two centuries, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has played a pivotal role in defining the future of American art. To ensure that PAFA will continue to be a leading force in collecting and exhibiting American art, educating artists, and engaging the public, we have embarked on a transformative capital campaign.

Emmi Whitehorse (b. 1957), Over Flow (#1392), 2005, Oil and paper on canvas, 29 x 40 in, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter

Gifts of Art

Collectors may make gifts of art; these gifts are reviewed by the Museum Director’s office and subject to approval by PAFA’s Collections Committee.

BFA student Ash Bob at work in their studio.

Planned Giving

A planned or deferred gift is one that is arranged during one's lifetime, but the benefit to PAFA is deferred to a future date. Bequests, charitable remainder trusts, IRA plans, retirement plans, life insurance plans and gifts of art are all ways to support PAFA through planned giving.

Martin Johnson Heade, "Sunset Harbor at Rio" (1864). Oil on canvas, 20 ⅛ x 35 inches. Henry D. Gibson Fund (1985.10).

Tribute & Memorial Gifts

Tribute and memorial gifts offer a meaningful way of honoring a loved one, family member, or colleague. Celebrate a special occasion, honor a memory, or pay tribute to someone special in your life by making a tax-deductible gift to PAFA that will make an immediate impact of promoting the transformative power of art and artmaking.

Donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement, along with the option of having a letter of notification sent to the honoree or relevant family members.

Ways to Give


Make a donation to PAFA using our secure online platform.

By Mail

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Attn: Development Department
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

PAFA Donation Form (PDF)

Matching Gifts

Your company—whether you are a current employee or retired—may offer a benefit to you that can help multiply the impact of your generous gift. Through corporate matching gift programs, some companies match a portion or all of your contribution to PAFA. Your corporate human resources office can provide details on your company's program. Typically, your human resources office will furnish a matching gift form for you to include with your charitable contribution.

United Way

Select donor choice number 14015

Stock Gifts

To support PAFA through a transfer of stock, contact Jane Allsopp, Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President, through the form below or call (215) 972-2002.


PAFA is pleased to accept tax-free IRA charitable rollover gifts, which provide a wonderful chance to maximize your giving and make a difference.

By Check

Instruct your IRA administrator to mail a check (payable to PAFA) directly to:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Attention: Development Department
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102

PAFA's tax-exempt ID number is 23-1352256.

Your administrator must enclose a letter along with your check stating your name, the purpose of your gift (e.g. PAFA Fund), and notes that it is a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. This information can also be stated in the memo line of your check.

By Wire Transfer

If your administrator prefers to make a cash wire transfer from your retirement account to PAFA, please contact the Development Office using the form below.

Donor Advised Fund

Support PAFA through your Donor Advised Fund by contacting your financial institution directly or by using the tool below to connect with your account. Please note that in accordance with IRS regulations, gifts made through DAFs waive the right to all tangible benefits, including membership benefits or event tickets.


Support PAFA Today

As the first art museum and school in the United States, PAFA celebrates the transformative power of art and art-making. Your gift sustains our vision of nurturing artists at every turn in their career through our world-class museum and school.

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Use the form to contact PAFA's Office of Development with questions or call (215) 972-2077.