Legacy Giving


Planning Your Estate

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and those you care about is to plan your legacy thoughtfully. No matter your net worth, a current will and other estate planning documents are key to providing security for you and your family’s future.

Making a legacy gift in your will, also referred to as a “bequest,” is a simple way to make a gift to the Museum that has lasting impact. Bequests to the Museum in the form of cash, securities, and real estate or property are a significant source of support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and programs. Making a legacy gift is easy: you can designate a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, a fixed percentage of your entire estate, or leave your residuary estate after providing for your loved ones. And while unrestricted gifts allow the Museum to allocate funds to the areas of greatest need, your bequest can support a specific Museum program or collection. But no matter what you choose, your legacy gift will support the Museum’s mission, ensuring that we continue to connect people to art, preserve community treasures, and generate creative energy for future generations.

We hope that you will join many other lifetime donors to the Delaware Art Museum that have decided to follow in the footsteps of Helen Farr Sloan by continuing to support our mission through a legacy gift. Click on the “Learn More” button below for more information about making a legacy gift to the Museum and to find sample bequest language.

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  • Donated pieces of art have broadened and enhanced the scope of the collection. More than 80% of the Museum’s art has been acquired through gifts.
  • Special exhibitions of world-renowned artists have been brought to the region.
  • Children have been provided the opportunity to experience the thrill of visiting the Delaware Art Museum.
  • Works of art in the collection and historical materials in the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives have been conserved.

Click here to read why one Museum donor chose to support the Museum with a legacy gift.


Often, we are unaware that an individual has provided for the Delaware Art Museum in their estate until their passing. We encourage advance notice so we can recognize you in our Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society and ensure that your wishes are recorded and followed exactly as intended. We also encourage you to reach out to us if you are considering a planned gift. This conversation may reveal special donor opportunities, like a named endowment.

Membership in the Delaware Art Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society is extended to all individuals and their significant others that have:

  •  Included the Museum as beneficiary in a will or living trust;
  • Named the Museum as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or charitable trust;
  • Set up an endowment to support the Museum in perpetuity; or
  • Promised a future gift of art to the Museum.

Legacy Society Members receive the following benefits:

  • Invitations to attend special Legacy Society and Museum events; and
  • Listing as a Legacy Society Member in Museum publications.

If you have already included the Delaware Art Museum in your legacy plans, we would like to have the opportunity to thank you for your generosity and to invite you to join the Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society. If you prefer to remain anonymous, be assured that we will honor your wishes and respect the confidential nature of your gift.

Members of the Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society

Ms. Bernice D. Abrams *
Ms. Virginia M. Alexander *
William and Margo Allman
Mr. Ralph Assheton *
Janet L. Autenrieth
Mr. Richard W. Ayres *
Ms. Betty H. Bancroft *
Ms. Mary R. Bancroft *
Ms. Jane G. Banning *
Armand Battisti
Mona and Tim Bayard
Mrs. Norma Benator *
Mr. George P. Bissell, Jr. *
Mr. Donald W. Booker *
Roberts W. Brokaw III
Mr. James Calhoun *
Mrs. Donald F. Carpenter *
Mrs. Bertha Bates Cole *
Dr. Karen Weaver Coleman
Mr. and Mrs. Gerret van S. Copeland
Mr. Lammot du Pont Copeland, III *
Mrs. Pamela C. Copeland *
Mrs. Elizabeth C. Coppage *
Mrs. Anna S. Cox *
Mrs. Maryalice M. Cregg*
Mr. Percy W. Darbyshire *
Mr. Frank J. DelleDonne *
Mrs. Edith K. DeShazo *
Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. DeWees, Sr.
Mr. Eleuthere I. du Pont *
Ms. Emily du Pont*
Mary Page and Tom Evans
Mr. Charles E. Farr*
Mrs. Harriet D. Fenn*
Mrs. Mary C. Fenn*
Mr. Isaac B. Finkelstein*
Ms. Linda Gabriel*
Adair B. Gould*
Stuart and Suzanne Grant
Mr. Charles E. Griffith*
Ms. Jessie Harrington*
Mary G. Heiser*
Ms. Lucie B. Hickman*
Ms. Carrie Hoffecker*
Dr. Howard E. Holmquist *
Mr. John F. Horty, Jr.*
Mr.* and Mrs.* Gayle Hoskins
Alice B. Hupfel
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Immesberger
Ms. Catherine C. Irving*
Ms. Karen L. Jessee
Ms. Janice V. Jessup
Ms. Alice D. Johnson*
Ms. Marion F. T. Johnson*
Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer
Ms. Mary R. C. Laffey*
Mr.* and Mrs.* Ellason Laird Downs
Ms. Mary B. Larchar*
Ms. Marian C. Lepper*
Ms. Nannie V. Longfellow*
Mrs. Edwin C. E. Lord, Jr.*
Mrs. Marion Miller Lowndes *
Ms. Ada W. Manning*
Christine S. and William F. Marks
Mr.* and Mrs.* Joseph Y. Miller
Miss Constance Moore *
Mrs. Eleanor C. Nichols *
Dr. Donald C. Pease *
Mr. and Mrs. James Keith Peoples
Mrs. Irene C. Ponsell *
Donald J. Puglisi and Marichu Valencia
Howard Pyle and Victoria M. Sheffield
Ms. L. Victoria Pyle *
Michael Resnick
Mrs. Eugenia Rhoads *
Danielle Rice*
Maxine and Jay Rosenthal
Ms. Carol S. Rothschild
Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE
Joan L Sharp, CFP®, RLP®, MSFS
Lynn Herrick Sharp and Rodney Sharp
Mrs. Helen Farr Sloan*
Mrs. Pauline M. Stott*
Mrs. Anne Warner West *
Ms. Ellen D. Wheelwright*
Mrs. John Wigton
Peggy Woolard
Miss Betty E. Yoho*


Learn More

Click on the following links to learn more about specific legacy giving topics.

Please contact us for more information about ways to become a Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society Member, or to inform us that you have included the Museum in your plans. We thank you for considering a legacy gift to support the future of the Delaware Art Museum.

Molly Giordano
Interim Executive Director

This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult your attorney or advisor for specific legal advice.


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