Planned Giving

Make Kirkland Museum Part of Your Legacy

Did you know it’s possible to continue supporting Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art beyond your lifetime? With some simple estate planning, you can create a lasting legacy while ensuring that the Museum continues enriching lives by presenting art and design in a unique and approachable way. You can also designate your gift to support your specific area of interest: Colorado’s art history, international decorative art or the works of Vance Kirkland. It’s easy and there are numerous ways to give!

Depending on the way you plan your estate, you may be able to take advantage of numerous benefits including:

  • Avoiding the expensive and arduous probate process
  • A guaranteed income for life
  • Reduced estate and capital gains taxes
  • Membership in the Kirkland Museum Golden Legacy Society which includes exclusive access to the Museum, special events and recognition on our website and in our annual report

By designating Kirkland Museum in your estate plans, you join an exclusive group of visionary philanthropists in the Kirkland Museum Golden Legacy Society.  You may become a member of the Society by notifying the Museum, in writing, that you have named the Museum as a beneficiary of a planned gift!  Society Members receive free admission to all exhibition openings, a special annual Golden Legacy Members-only event and invitations to a variety of Museum programs and special events. Members are also publicly acknowledged in the Museum’s annual report!

Cash Bequest: The simplest way to give. Designate Kirkland Museum in your will or living trust through a bequest. A bequest can support a specific fund or endow a specific program. Undesignated bequests allow the Museum to use the gift in the way that best supports our mission.

Charitable Gift Annuities: With a charitable gift annuity, you not only support the Museum, but you receive guaranteed income for life and an immediate tax deduction. How it works: you make a gift to the Museum using cash or marketable securities. That gift is put in a reserve account and invested. Based on your age, you receive a fixed monthly or quarterly payout. At the end of your life, Kirkland Museum receives the remainder.

Life Insurance: Another simple way to maximize your support of Kirkland Museum. All you have to do is transfer ownership of a fully paid policy to the Museum. If a policy is still being paid, you can simply reassign ownership and beneficiary status. You can also establish a new policy and designate Kirkland Museum as applicant, owner and beneficiary.

Retirement Plan Assets: You can name Kirkland Museum the beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, including partial or contingent beneficiary designations.

Charitable Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities or Gifts of Real Estate: Your legal or financial advisor can help you support Kirkland Museum while meeting your other financial goals.

Art Bequest: Please contact the Museum to ensure that we can accept your gift of artwork. Gifts of art require careful preparation and considerable resources to accept and conserve. Unfortunately, the Museum cannot accept all works of art, either to sell or display.

Help us plan for your gift by filling out our Planned Giving Pledge Form electronically below!

Kirkland Museum does not provide legal or tax advice. Please contact qualified advisors to discuss your estate plans.

For questions, please email [email protected] or call the Museum at 303.832.8576.

Vance Kirkland's Studio Workroom -- photo by Evan Semon
Vance Kirkland's Studio, Photo by Evan Semón

Planned Giving Pledge Form

I/We would like to advance the mission of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and provide a legacy for future generations.

This form helps Kirkland Museum ensure the best possible stewardship for your generously planned gifts. This is not a legal document but will assist the Museum in planning and inform us of your recognition wishes. Thank you for your generosity!