Meet Our Donors

Peggy and John MathersHelping the Museum Grow

When you meet Asian Art Museum docent Peggy Mathers, her enthusiasm is contagious. It's no wonder all her friends want her to take them on private tours of the collection. More.

Greg PottsA Childhood Interest Becomes a Lasting Legacy

A native of Boise, Idaho, Greg Potts grew up with Asian art displayed at home, nurturing an interest that eventually led him, as an adult, to become a member of the Asian Art Museum. More.

Gordon HollerLove of Asian Art Sparks a Fascinating Life's Journey

Artist and museum member Gordon Holler's love affair with Asia began as a freshman at the University of Nebraska. Influenced by his art professors, Gordon discovered a passion for both Japanese art and Egyptian anthropology. More.

Howard and Cathy MorelandAsia Has Always Been a Part of My Life

Raised in the Middle East, Cathy Moreland spent summers traveling throughout Asia. As an adult, she and her husband Howard lived in many cities throughout Asia due to Howard’s career as a chemical engineer for Chevron. More.

Alice LoweFifty Years of Museum Service

When Alice Lowe heard the new Brundage Collection was recruiting its first class of docents in 1965, she applied immediately, hoping to learn more about her own Chinese heritage. More.

Margaret HandelmanFinding a Second Career -- and a Lifelong Passion

After a 25-year career with big-name department stores, Macy's and Bullocks, little did Margaret Handelman suspect that one day she would launch the Asian Art Museum gift store. More.

Jordan Sachs and Jeannie SackSharing a Love of Asia

We're trying to pass on an understanding of Asia to our 6-year-old grandson. I took him to the museum last week to see the Japanese armor. He was really curious and asked a lot of questions. More.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Asian Art Museum Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to the Asian Art Museum Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the museum or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the museum as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the museum as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the museum's partner where you agree to make a gift and our partner, in return, agrees to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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