2019 YEAR END APPEAL
The Hunter is so fortunate to have members, donors, and volunteers who support it. Thank you for all that you do to sustain and nurture the museum.
I hope that you enjoyed the offerings from this past year. In addition to multiple programs and the ever-changing installations in our permanent collection galleries, we were pleased to present special exhibitions featuring such internationally-acclaimed artists as Alyson Shotz, whose permanent lobby installation was unveiled in February; William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, two beloved Impressionists; and Noel W. Anderson, whose intriguing works convey an important narrative.
As the calendar year comes to a close, I would appreciate your thinking about what the Hunter means to you; what it means for our community; and how the Hunter impacts the next generation of Chattanoogans.
The Hunter is committed to connecting our community’s children to creativity and to introducing them to the power of the arts. You may recall that in 2016 we made the decision to admit youth 17 and under for free. In addition to welcoming over 17,000 students on school field trips each year, we are encouraging families to visit the museum and have implemented quarterly Family Fun Days and created special kid-friendly interactive spaces just for our youngest visitors.
The Hunter’s year-end appeal plays an important role in helping us meet our objective of making all that the Hunter has to offer available to younger audiences. Would you please consider making a year-end donation to support the cost of admitting all youth 17 and under for free throughout the year.
If your mailbox looks like mine this time of year, you have many choices of worthwhile organizations to support. Thank you for all that you already do to support the Hunter and for considering the museum in your year-end gift planning. A donation of any size will help the Hunter connect people of all ages and backgrounds with creativity, knowledge, and ideas.
With warm wishes for the season,
Virginia Anne Sharber
The Hunter is your community art museum. We strive to be accessible to as many people as possible. Your unrestricted, 100% tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund supports our commitment to giving free admission to:
- All children age 17 and under
- Active military and their families
- Families who attend our “Family Fun Days” offered three times a year
- All visitors on the first Thursday evening of each month
When you donate to the Annual Fund, you are providing critical operating support to the Hunter Museum’s year-round public programs and educational programs for all ages. Will you make a contribution to help connect people of every background with creativity, knowledge, and ideas?
LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM
MATCH YOUR GIFT
The Hunter is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to join the museum. Volunteers are vital in making it possible for the Hunter to offer compelling educational programs for all ages and use art and creativity as forces for positive community change in Chattanooga. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities with time commitments suitable for everyone, including working adults and students.
The Hunter Endowment Fund ensures the museum’s long-term success. Your contribution will help bring art to life for the entire community to enjoy in perpetuity.
Ruth S Holmberg Exhibitions Endowment
Your gift to the Exhibitions Endowment will support the Hunter’s commitment to acquiring exceptional works of art.
TRIBUTE & MEMORIAL GIVING
DONATE THROUGH YOUR IRA
Do you own an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)? Will you be taking a required minimum distribution before year-end? If you are in the fortunate position of not needing your distribution for living expenses and are charitably inclined, you may be able to avoid income tax on your required withdrawal by donating your money directly to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization such as the Hunter Museum of American Art.
IRA owners must be age 70 1/2 or older to make a tax-free charitable contribution. Those who meet the age requirement can transfer up to $100,000 per year directly from an IRA to an eligible charity without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income tax if they donate it to charity. Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income.
The Hunter Museum of American Art is a 501(c) (3) organization, EIN 62-0511893. Please contact Toni Martin at the Hunter’s Development Office at 423.752.2043 for more information.