Keep PAFA Strong
In March of 2020, PAFA announced the temporary closure of our Museum and other spaces to protect the wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff and to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We quickly pivoted, developing new online programs and events to celebrate the arts with the PAFA community from the safety of home. As we prepare for the public reopening of our Museum on September 12, significant new challenges and costs have emerged, including those associated with preventative equipment, diagnostic testing, deep cleaning, and other vital operations. These new procedures have been put into place to ensure that our community can again experience the power of the arts in person, with the knowledge that PAFA views our collective health and wellbeing as our very highest priority.
Throughout these challenges, we have been guided by three objectives: to preserve PAFA's ongoing mission; to protect our community's wellbeing, and to ensure that PAFA remains financially sustainable in both the short- and long-term.
As PAFA continues to face major disruptions in revenue due to the public health crisis, we are more reliant than ever on the generous support of our community. Your gift to the Annual Fund will help PAFA meet the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, while we continue in our mission to celebrate the transformative power of the arts.
At PAFA, we are committed to constantly improving our programs, expanding access to the arts, and adding to the vibrant cultural life of Philadelphia. We bring art into under-served neighborhoods throughout the city, train the next generation of American artists, and share our passion for the arts through our world-class exhibitions.
Art has the power to transform lives. It gives young people a voice with which to share their vision with the world and teaches us to see in new ways. With your support of the Annual 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.
Your tax-deductible contribution to PAFA's Annual Fund provides critical financial support for our art education efforts that awaken imaginations and helps secure a long future of patrons, students, faculty and more—expecting the unexpected through an always-expanding, well-cared-for collection.
To guarantee that every art lover who walks through our doors―from the youngest public school student participating in our community art education programs to our in-the-know gallery visitors and passionate students―will continue to be inspired.
If you wish to discuss your giving options in confidence, please contact the Development Department using the form below.
IRA Rollover Gifts
PAFA is pleased to accept tax-free IRA charitable rollover gifts, which provide a wonderful chance to maximize your giving and make a difference.
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-emempt ID number is
Your administrator must enclose a letter along with your check stating your name, the purpose of your gift (e.g. Annual 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.
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.
Use the form to contact PAFA's Office of Development with questions or call (215) 972-2077.