Leadership Giving Societies


Expand your impact and become a pillar in the VMFA community.

When you join one of the Leadership Giving Societies at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, your membership provides vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission.

It is your investment in educational programs, exhibitions, and care of the collection that makes it possible for VMFA to be a vibrant source of inspiration throughout Virginia.

Leadership Giving Societies

Patrons Society – $1,000

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Exclusive Events:

  • Invitations for two people to opening-night preview events for major special exhibitions
  • A private, guided tour of VMFA’s permanent collection

Choose a Focus!

Enjoy all the benefits of our Customized Memberships. Explore the museum with invitations for 2 people to 8 Focus Series programs highlighting each area of VMFA’s encyclopedic collection. Choose one Focus Area to explore more deeply through 2 smaller, more exclusive Spotlight Programs. These lectures are followed by private receptions allowing a chance to interact with curators and other art enthusiasts. Keep the same focus from year to year or pursue a different one each time you renew.

Focus Areas: African, American, Ancient, Canvas, East Asian, European, Modern and Contemporary, Photography, South Asian

Tax Deductibility: All but $178 of your Patrons Society gift is tax deductible. 

Fellows Society – $2,500

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Private Access:

  • All the benefits of Patrons Society.
  • Exclusive early registration for VMFA Member Travel trips
  • Personalized concierge service for custom tours, tickets, and special requests
  • A private, guided tour of a special exhibition
  • A complimentary exhibition catalog of your choice

Tax Deductibility: All but $208 of your Fellows Society gift is tax deductible. 

Fabergé Society$5,000

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Philanthropic Prominence:

  • All the benefits of Fellows Society
  • 20% discount on entertaining at VMFA
  • Recognition on VMFA’s annual donor plaque

Tax Deductibility: All but $208 of your Fabergé Society gift is tax deductible. 

Founders Society$10,000 – $24,999

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Unparalleled access:

Through their exceptional generosity, Founders Society members sustain the museum’s founding vision to bring world art to every corner of the Commonwealth. For their leadership role, Founders Society members enjoy unparalleled access to all that VMFA has to offer.

Commonwealth Society$25,000+

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Highly-customized museum experiences:

Commonwealth Society members provide extraordinary support to ensure VMFA remains a leading encyclopedic art museum on the national level, while upholding its commitment to serve all Virginians. For their significant philanthropy, Commonwealth Society members enjoy highly customized museum experiences.

Please contact Erin Sheets, Manager of Individual Giving, at 804.340.1479 or erin.sheets@VMFA.museum for more information about benefits for these levels of membership.