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Your gifts to the Chazen Museum of Art help to provide UW–Madison and our greater community enriching experiences with art. Contributions at any level help ensure that the museum remains free, accessible, and innovative center of teaching, learning, and research.

Support the Chazen

Please note that monetary gifts to the Chazen Museum of Art are processed via the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the official fundraising and gift-receiving organization for the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Ways to Give

Donate to the Chazen Museum of Art Fund

While the UW–Madison budget has historically provided key support for the museum’s administrative expenses, private gifts, including the dollars contributed to this fund, play an important role in fulfilling our mission. Specifically, these gifts sustain our free exhibitions and educational programming, allow us to provide work opportunities for UW students, and support the care and growth of the permanent collection. These dollars are able to be used immediately, and with flexibility, allowing the museum to adapt to new and changing priorities.

Give Now

Please note that a new window will open to a secure giving page on the UW Foundation website.

Gifts of Art

The museum welcomes gifts of art that help to support our mission as a teaching institution. In fact, our permanent collection of over 23,000 objects would not be what it is today without the generosity of many donors, UW–Madison alumni and friends alike, who have entrusted their art to the museum for the benefit of future generations. Please contact us for more information about our gift acceptance guidelines, and for the ability to submit a gift offer for review by our curatorial department.

Connect with our Curators

New Name, Same Membership Benefits: Become a Friend Of The Chazen

All donors are considered members of the museum. We invite you to join the Friends of the Chazen membership program by making a 100 percent tax-deductible contribution of any amount, to any of the museum’s funds via the UW Foundation. We recognize the total of your annual monetary gifts to the museum, providing a range of engagement opportunities at the level that is right for you. This means, not only will you support a valuable community resource, but your support will unlock access to special benefits.



Planned Giving

By making a planned or deferred gift, you are investing in the legacy of the museum and the enjoyment of art for generations to come. There are many planned giving options that can benefit you and the museum, such as a bequest in your will or a trust that pays you income.

Donors who support the museum in this meaningful way are recognized as part of the University’s Wisconsin Legacy Society.

While it is always essential to consult your attorney or tax advisor before creating a will or trust, the museum’s Director of Development Ale Nicolet with the UW Foundation is available for questions, to discuss options, or to request sample language.