Donate today to support the CMA!

A third of all programs at the CMA are offered for free or at reduced rates to make the museum more accessible to all. Your donations help to underwrite all of our programs, making the CMA the leading art museum and arts education resource in the state.  


Honoraries and Memorials

Tribute Gifts

Making a contribution in the name of a friend or family member is easy! Simply include the name and address of the honoree, and we will send a personalized letter informing the person or their family member of your generous contribution (no gift amount will be included in the letter). 

If you are interested in making a gift in honor or in memory of someone special, please contact membership@columbiamuseum.org or call 803-799-2810.


Other Ways to Give

We accept several forms of payment including check, cash, and credit card. Please contact our development office at 803-343-2198 if you have any questions.

Planned Giving

By including the Columbia Museum of Art in your bequest, gift annuity, or other estate plans, you are creating the investment of a lifetime.

Learn More About Planned Giving

Give Appreciated Securities (Stock)

This year, consider a gift of appreciated securities. You may be able to deduct the full market value of the gift for both regular and AMT (alternative minimum tax) purposes if you have held the securities for more than one year.

To make a gift of stock to the museum, talk to your advisor and please complete this form and send it to the attention of Selina Ciarlone, sciarlone@columbiamuseum.org or call 803-343-2193. This will help us monitor the gift to ensure it is received at the time you give it.

Give through your community foundation or donor-advised fund

Your charitable giving can continue through community and family foundations and donor-advised funds—as more and more donors seek professional assistance in efficient management of their charitable dollars and effective grant-making to the causes and charities they value. When you give through your local community foundation or a donor-advised fund managed by your investment firm, you realize an immediate tax benefit and the advantages of professional investment and grant-making services.

Matching Gift

Many companies will match employee charitable donations up to a certain level. Your H.R. department can give you information about matching gifts, or check with the museum’s Development Office to see if your company is a matching gift company.

Matching gifts are not limited to large corporations. Even if your company is small or a professional firm, it pays to ask if your employer will match all or part of your charitable gift to CMA.

Please indicate your matching gift on the donation form and submit along with your company's matching gift form.

Give using the IRA rollover provision


You may make a gift using the charitable IRA rollover. This provision allows you to donate up to $100,000 of taxable income you receive from the required minimum distribution of an IRA. To qualify for this deduction, you must meet the following criteria:

  • be 70 1/2 or older
  • make the gift transfer directly from a traditional or Roth IRA to the Columbia Museum of Art
  • complete the gift transfer from your IRA by end of the year