Legacy Circle 



Perhaps the most lasting contribution that someone can make to the vitality and sustainability of MOWA is a legacy gift. MOWA’s Legacy Circle recognizes patrons who express their commitment to securing the museum’s influence on future generations through designating MOWA in their estate plans.

Celebrating MOWA's Legacy
Since 1960 when the museum was created to house paintings by artist Carl von Marr (1858-1936), MOWA has emerged as the most vital custodian of Wisconsin visual culture. Today, the gallery of Carl von Marr’s work is located at the very center of the galleries, and it is from that legacy that the rest of the museum is built—from the historical and contemporary permanent collection galleries to the temporary exhibitions that take place.

Throughout its now over fifty-five year history, MOWA has grown a collection of nearly 5,000 works that span Wisconsin’s earliest moments to today. Thanks to a team of visionaries who support MOWA’s mission, this ensemble of work is the inspiration for educational studios, public programs, community collaborations, and ideas that chart new frontiers.

Leaving a Legacy
If securing the future growth and strength of MOWA is important to you, consider the museum in your estate planning. Such legacy gifts can be used to grow the endowment, to provide annual income to sustain educational programs, the facility, and the collection, or to acquire art. Legacy gifts can be made in many forms:
  • Bequest in Will
  • Retirement Plan or Life Insurance Policy, with MOWA designated as a beneficiary
  • Gift from Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Works of Art

Joining the Legacy Circle
In addition to the potential tax benefits, those who designate MOWA in their estate plans will be welcomed into the MOWA Legacy Circle. Benefits include:
  • Invitations to special MOWA events
  • Annual recognition in MOWA News and the Annual Report
  • Certificate of membership in the Legacy Circle