Planned Giving

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and those you care about is to plan your legacy thoughtfully. No matter your net worth, a current will and other estate planning documents are key to providing security for you and your family’s future.

Planning your Estate

Making a legacy gift in your will, also referred to as a “bequest,” is a simple way to make a gift to the Museum that has lasting impact. Bequests to the Museum in the form of cash, securities, and real estate or property are a significant source of support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and programs. Making a legacy gift is easy: you can designate a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, a fixed percentage of your entire estate, or leave your residuary estate after providing for your loved ones. And while unrestricted gifts allow the Museum to allocate funds to the areas of greatest need, your bequest can support a specific Museum program or collection. But no matter what you choose, your legacy gift will support the Museum’s mission, ensuring that we continue to connect people to art, preserve community treasures, and generate creative energy for future generations.

We hope that you will join many other lifetime donors to the Delaware Art Museum that have decided to follow in the footsteps of Helen Farr Sloan by continuing to support our mission through a legacy gift. Click on the “Learn More” button below for more information about making a legacy gift to the Museum and to find sample bequest language.

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Legacy Gifts in Action

  • Donated pieces of art have broadened and enhanced the scope of the collection. More than 80% of the Museum’s art has been acquired through gifts.
  • Special exhibitions of world-renowned artists have been brought to the region.
  • Children have been provided the opportunity to experience the thrill of visiting the Delaware Art Museum.
  • Works of art in the collection and historical materials in the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives have been conserved.

Join Our Legacy Society

Often, we are unaware that an individual has provided for the Delaware Art Museum in their estate until their passing. We encourage advance notice so we can recognize you in our Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society and ensure that your wishes are recorded and followed exactly as intended. We also encourage you to reach out to us if you are considering a planned gift. This conversation may reveal special donor opportunities, like a named endowment.

Membership in the Delaware Art Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society is extended to all individuals and their significant others that have:

  • Included the Museum as beneficiary in a will or living trust;
  • Named the Museum as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or charitable trust;
  • Set up an endowment to support the Museum in perpetuity; or
  • Promised a future gift of art to the Museum.

Legacy Society Members receive the following benefits:

  • Invitations to attend special Legacy Society and Museum events; and
  • Listing as a Legacy Society Member in Museum publications.

If you have already included the Delaware Art Museum in your legacy plans, we would like to have the opportunity to thank you for your generosity and to invite you to join the Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society. If you prefer to remain anonymous, be assured that we will honor your wishes and respect the confidential nature of your gift.

Members of the Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society


Ms. Bernice D. Abrams *

Ms. Virginia M. Alexander *

William and Margo Allman

Mr. Ralph Assheton *

Janet L. Autenrieth

Mr. Richard W. Ayres *

Ms. Betty H. Bancroft *

Ms. Mary R. Bancroft *

Ms. Jane G. Banning *

Armand Battisti

Mona and Tim Bayard

Mrs. Norma Benator *

Mr. George P. Bissell, Jr. *

Mr. Donald W. Booker *

Roberts W. Brokaw III

Mr. James Calhoun *

Mrs. Donald F. Carpenter *

Mrs. Bertha Bates Cole *

Dr. Karen Weaver Coleman

Mr. and Mrs. Gerret van S. Copeland

Mr. Lammot du Pont Copeland, III *

Mrs. Pamela C. Copeland *

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Coppage *

Mrs. Anna S. Cox *

Mrs. Maryalice M. Cregg*

Mr. Percy W. Darbyshire *

Mr. Frank J. DelleDonne *

Mrs. Edith K. DeShazo *

Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. DeWees, Sr.

Mr. Eleuthere I. du Pont *

Ms. Emily du Pont*

Mary Page and Tom Evans

Mr. Charles E. Farr*

Mrs. Harriet D. Fenn*

Mrs. Mary C. Fenn*

Mr. Isaac B. Finkelstein*

Ms. Linda Gabriel*

Adair B. Gould*

Stuart and Suzanne Grant

Mr. Charles E. Griffith*

Ms. Jessie Harrington*

Mary G. Heiser*

Ms. Lucie B. Hickman*

Ms. Carrie Hoffecker*

Dr. Howard E. Holmquist *

Mr. John F. Horty, Jr.*

Mr.* and Mrs.* Gayle Hoskins

Alice B. Hupfel

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Immesberger

Ms. Catherine C. Irving*

Ms. Karen L. Jessee

Ms. Janice V. Jessup

Ms. Alice D. Johnson*

Ms. Marion F. T. Johnson*

Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer

Ms. Mary R. C. Laffey*

Mr.* and Mrs.* Ellason Laird Downs

Ms. Mary B. Larchar*

Ms. Marian C. Lepper* Ms. Nannie V. Longfellow*

Mrs. Edwin C. E. Lord, Jr.*

Mrs. Marion Miller Lowndes *

Ms. Ada W. Manning*

Christine S. and William F. Marks

Mr.* and Mrs.* Joseph Y. Miller

Miss Constance Moore *

Mrs. Eleanor C. Nichols *

Dr. Donald C. Pease *

Mr. and Mrs. James Keith Peoples

Mrs. Irene C. Ponsell *

Donald J. Puglisi and Marichu Valencia

Howard Pyle and Victoria M. Sheffield

Ms. L. Victoria Pyle *

Michael Resnick

Mrs. Eugenia Rhoads *

Danielle Rice*

Maxine and Jay Rosenthal

Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE

Joan L Sharp, CFP®, RLP®, MSFS

Lynn Herrick Sharp and Rodney Sharp

Mrs. Helen Farr Sloan*

Mrs. Pauline M. Stott*

Mrs. Anne Warner West *

Ms. Ellen D. Wheelwright*

Mrs. John Wigton

Peggy Woolard

Miss Betty E. Yoho*

Please contact us for more information about ways to become a Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society Member, or to inform us that you have included the Museum in your plans. We thank you for considering a legacy gift to support the future of the Delaware Art Museum.

Amelia Wiggins

Director of Advancement and External Affairs


This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult your attorney or advisor for specific legal advice.