Planned Giving

Make a difference in the visual arts for generations to come.

  Guests climb the stairs in the front entryway of GRAM

What is Planned Giving?

The Planned Giving program assists interested individuals in making a meaningful charitable gift to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Individuals can contribute to the growth and prosperity of arts and cultural experiences at GRAM through bequests of financial planning vehicles or an established and named endowment fund. Donors who support GRAM in this way benefit from opportunities to deepen their relationship with the Museum through invitations to special events and receive periodic updates on important events. We invite you to join GRAM’s supporters.

What is the Legacy Society?

Inspired by our cherished supporters Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler, the Legacy Society exists to recognize individuals who have included GRAM in their estate plans. The Keelers had an extraordinary vision to make art accessible to all in Grand Rapids, creating a generous bequest of their personal collection of art to GRAM and instilling a permanent legacy for generations to come.

Additional Information

    • Include GRAM in your will or trust 
    • Name GRAM as beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance, or promise a gift of a work of art that GRAM has agreed to accept 
    • Create a named endowment fund 

    Aside from tax benefits, those who are planned givers are: 

    • Invited to attend special museum events 
    • Named in GRAM publications to give others the opportunity to follow your stewardship and leadership (unless you prefer to give anonymously) 
    • Introduced to other generous people who have provided for GRAM’s future in their will or other planned giving.

    Anyone who desires to give can make a legacy gift. With these tips for savvy donors, it’s easy to create a lasting legacy.

    • We accept both large and small donations gratefully.
    • We accept donations during lifetime and upon death.
    • Legacy gifts help you craft a plan to support causes important to you. 
    • GRAM offers several ways for you to make legacy gifts: through estate and financial plans and named endowments.
    • Many people give retirement benefits (IRAs or 401ks), insurance benefits, securities, works of art, real estate, and cash.
    • Establishing an endowment fund in your name gives you an opportunity to create an arts legacy for many years.
    • We offer donors an option to be recognized anonymously.
    • When you notify us of a legacy gift, you are eligible for membership in the Legacy Society. 

    Grand Rapids Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The Federal Identification Number for GRAM is 38 – 1387136. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

    Through our mission of of connecting people through art, creativity, and design”, GRAM provides diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Through dynamic exhibitions, collections, learning initiatives, and community collaborations, GRAM serves as a cultural beacon and civic anchor.

For more information or to join the Exhibition Society, contact Laura Bull, Donor Relations Manager, at 616.831.2907 or

Legacy Society Members

  • Kirk Anderson & Sara Markman
  • Tammy & Howie Bailey
  • Kenneth Bandstra
  • John & Claudia Berry
  • Janet Gatherer Boyles & John Boyles
  • Conrad* and Molly* Bradshaw
  • Samuel Cummings
  • John & Marilyn Drake
  • David G.* and Judith Frey
  • Dana Friis-Hansen & Mark Holzbach
  • Meg Goebel
  • Erin E. Gravelyn
  • Michelle Hoexum
  • Dirk Hoffius
  • Barbara & Thomas Jackoboice
  • Cate & Sid Jansma, Jr.
  • Glen Johnson*
  • Michael & Mary Jean Keating
  • Miner S.* and Mary Ann* Keeler
  • Donald & Ann Kelley
  • Barbara A. Kuhn*
  • Jim Laramy
  • Thomas and Anne Gerth* Logan
  • Mary Loupee
  • Tom Merchant
  • Jack H. Miller
  • Paula Neal*
  • Mrs. Willis J. Nelson*
  • Chris Stoffel* Overvoorde and Greta* Overvoorde
  • Martin* and Enid Packard
  • Douglas & Nancy Padnos
  • Charles G. Schoenknecht & Ward A. Paul
  • Kathleen Stewart Ponitz and Dr. James E* Ponitz
  • Jim and Marie Preston
  • Milt and Barbara Rohwer
  • Alan* and Margaret Ryan
  • Charles* and Stella* Royce
  • Ellie E. Sarafis
  • William Scarbrough* and Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough
  • Gerald & Emma Talen
  • Henrietta Ten Harmsel*
  • Joni Vander Till
  • James & Janet Watkins
  • Peter M. Wege*
  • Dorothy J. Williamson
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Anonymous (7)

*Indicates deceased donors