Legacy Giving

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In addition to outright donations, many of our donors support Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) through planned gifts that provide them with personal rewards and financial benefits. Did you know?

  • You can make a provision for MOPA in your will or estate plan
  • You can name a charity as a beneficiary to an IRA or retirement plan
  • You can make a gift of your personal assets, cash, securities, home or artwork
  • You have the potential for increased tax savings with a gift of appreciated securities
  • You can sustain programming for generations to come by growing the endowment
  • You can establish a charitable gift annuity and enjoy the safety of guaranteed income and great tax savings
  • Required Mandatory Distributions at 70 ½ from an IRA can go directly to a 501(c)3 charity without being taxed

MOPA is pleased to work with you or your financial advisor to craft a planned gift that meets your charitable and financial goals. Please contact your financial advisor and share your plans with the Development Office at development@mopa.org or 619.238.7559 x208.

Estate Planning Tip

One easy way to include the Museum in your estate plan is to name MOPA as a beneficiary of your donor advised fund, retirement plan, IRA, or life insurance policy. Doing so is as simple as filling out a beneficiary designation form from your plan provider or administrator.

Best of all, such a gift qualifies for membership in MOPA’s Legacy Society, a group that recognizes the generosity of donors who contribute to the Museum in this special way.


Bequests are gifts made by a will or trust and are the most common form of planned giving. Whether you wish to provide general operating income or support a specific department or program at the Museum, your bequest expresses your lasting commitment to MOPA

Gifts of Property

Donating real estate is a wonderful way to support the Museum’s mission. Proceeds from the sale of property can be directed to a variety of initiatives. Coordination with MOPA staff and a Financial Planner can help you make all of the necessary arrangements for a simple and straightforward transaction.

Establishing An Endowment

An endowment provides a lasting legacy and ensures that MOPA will continue to be a strong and thriving organization for generations to come. Committed in perpetuity, it provides an annual disbursement of earned income to be used to support annual operations or an area specifically designated by the donor.
Donors have the satisfaction of knowing their gift helps MOPA achieve greater fiscal independence

Gifts of Art

MOPA welcomes promised gifts of art and books. Indeed, the Museum’s vast collection of 8,700+ photographic works plus over 22,000 items to The Edmund L. And Nancy K. Dubois Library is comprised of donations from our many patrons. Due to space constraints and redundancy issues, the Museum must give serious consideration before it can accept gifts of art.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is both a gift and a life income arrangement. Creating a charitable gift annuity generally allows you to claim an immediate income tax charitable deduction; and a portion of each annuity payment is treated as a tax-free return of principal.

Tax deductibility is determined to be 100%. Tax ID: 95-2889390.
For any other questions, contact development@MOPA.org

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