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Why do people like making planned gifts?

Planned gifts (most commonly a donation made in your will or trust) cost nothing today and can transform and sustain Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh far into the future, which is why so many people choose to make them. There are many ways to support the art and science resources of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh — scroll down to learn more!

Gifts for the Future

A planned gift can be one of the easiest and most impactful gifts you make. There are many ways to help sustain Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for future generations.


Gifts in a will or trust

Donations in your will or trust are (by far) the most popular type of planned gift. Learn more, or get help starting your will or trust – for free!

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Beneficiary designations

Gifting assets not covered by your will — like 401(k) or IRA accounts — may help your heirs avoid unwanted taxes, even if you’re below the estate tax threshold.

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Popular gifts for today

Many people love these donation options because they fit with their personal circumstances and financial goals.

Gifts that pay you back

Give assets while providing yourself or others with income for a period of time or distributions at a later date.

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Stocks and securities

Many people love donating stock or mutual funds because it may help them avoid paying capital gains taxes.

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Qualified Charitable Distributions

Use your IRA to make tax-free gifts that benefit you and our mission.

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Please let us know if you’ve already included us in your estate plans!

Letting us know is incredibly helpful to our team and helps to make sure your gift is used the way you want it to be.

Give to the Future

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh preserves and shares the stories of our past and present so our community can build a bold future. A gift to the Museums through your estate is an easy way to ensure future generations can enjoy the art, technology, and natural world that inspired you. Together we can engage the next generation of creators, explorers, and leaders!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Many people choose to leave a percentage of their estate, which scales up or down with your estate size.

Yes! Knowing in advance about your intentions is quite helpful to our staff, but you are always welcome to not share your gift.

We’ve partnered with FreeWill to help you make a will or trust at no cost to you. You can use this to complete your plans, or you may choose to use the same tools to get your affairs in order before visiting an attorney (who is likely to have a fee associated with finalizing your plans).

Yes. You are always free to revise or update your estate plans.

Yes! FreeWill will never share your personal information without your permission.

Yes, you can choose to make a gift that will support all four distinctive museums wherever the need is greatest at the time. OR, you can choose to support your favorite of our four museums. Feel free to name The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, or Kamin Science Center in your will. All of our museums share the same Tax ID # 25-0965280.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has strict acceptance guidelines around any tangible personal property–whether you are hoping to add an item to our collection, or would like to make a gift of property that can be sold to support our work. Please contact us to discuss your intentions. 

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Our team would be happy to speak with you in confidence about your giving goals, with no obligation.

Name: Anne Lee

Title :Director of Planned Giving

Phone: 412-353-4853


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Legal Address: 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Federal Tax/ EIN #: 25-0965280

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