In recent years, planned gifts have made an invaluable impact at the museum. With the remarkable foresight of generous donors, estate gifts have made it possible for the museum to offer Art School scholarships, repair our buildings, and bolster our operating budget at crucial moments. Each of these donors established a lasting legacy with a simple, powerful provision for the museum in their estate plans.
You can create your own legacy at no cost to you today through a planned gift. Planned gifts of any amount sustain the museum's mission and provide long-term stability for the organization.
Based on your financial and charitable goals, planned gifts can include:
The Contemporary Austin welcomes the opportunity to work with you and your financial advisor to arrange your planned gift to the museum.
How to Make a Bequest
To assist in your planning, please find sample language to include in your will below, as well as an Estate Intention Letter.
I hereby direct $ ____ [or ____ percent of my residual estate] in cash, securities, or other property to The Contemporary Austin Museum, Inc. The gift shall be for the further benefit of the museum and shall be used to ____ [state the purpose].
Federal Tax ID Number: 74-1233816
Estate Intention Letter
Once you have elected to make a provision in your estate to benefit The Contemporary Austin, download this Estate Intention Letter to notify the museum of your planned gift.
As with any decision involving your assets, we recommend you seek the advice of professional counsel when considering a gift to The Contemporary Austin.
Judith Sims Legacy Society
A Powerhouse in the Austin Arts Community
Clara Driscoll built Laguna Gloria in 1916, but Judith Sims shepherded and cared for it for almost half a century. A powerhouse of the Austin arts community, Judith transformed Laguna Gloria with her tireless advocacy and leadership over many decades. Chief among her successes are the award-winning historical renovation of the Driscoll Villa and the Art School expansion. Under her direction, the Art School grew from a handful of classes in a temporary building to one of the largest community art schools in the country, serving nearly 5,000 students annually. We salute Judith for her incredible achievements and for her outstanding stewardship of the museum. As we look ahead to our bright future, we stand on a solid foundation thanks to Judith and her vision for the museum.
"After forty-four years of devotion to revitalizing Laguna Gloria, I am committed to securing the future of this national treasure. To ensure the legacy of Laguna Gloria endures from one generation to the next, I have included a gift in my estate to benefit the museum. Please join me on the journey to sustain this magnificent place." —Judith Sims
Membership in the Judith Sims Legacy Society
Named in honor of the remarkable contributions of Judith Sims, the Judith Sims Legacy Society recognizes donors who make a provision for The Contemporary Austin in their estate plans of any amount, as well as donors with lifetime giving to the museum exceeding $100,000. The Judith Sims Legacy Society will inspire others to secure the museum's future through significant commitments, including planned gifts, named endowments, and life income gifts.
Qualifying members are automatically enrolled in the Judith Sims Legacy Society, and there are no dues or fees associated with membership. To celebrate their exceptional contributions, members receive invitations to exclusive events and enjoy special opportunities to connect with museum leadership. With donor permission, the museum will also recognize members in select publications.
IMAGES: Judith Sims at Laguna Gloria, above, and at left in group photo.
To learn more about The Contemporary Austin's Planned Giving program and the Judith Sims Legacy Society, please contact Margaret Burke, Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.