Planned Giving


Shape the future. Create your legacy.

Join the Visionaries!


The Heckscher Museum’s quality educational experiences have benefited generations of Long Island students, teachers, families, and adults.

In 1920, philanthropist August Heckscher made transformative gifts to the community of Huntington. He commissioned the building of a museum that became the centerpiece of an 18-acre public park, and then donated his notable collection of American and European art. Mr. Heckscher’s generosity created a vibrant cultural and educational center for people of all ages, especially children.

The Visionaries advance this spirit of generosity and forward thinking through planned giving.

There are several ways to include the Museum in your estate plan.

A specified dollar amount as designated in your will.

Securities & Assets
Specific assets such as stocks, bonds, annuities, and mutual funds. Other options are to designate the Museum as the beneficiary of an IRA, retirement fund, life insurance policy, or donor advised fund.

Residuary Bequest
A percentage of the total financial worth of your estate after all other obligations are settled.

Gift(s) of Art
Gifting work(s) of art pre-approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees

We welcome the opportunity to work with you to identify tax-beneficial ways to support The Museum’s not-for-profit educational mission!

Everlasting Impact
Including the Museum in your plans is an important way to ensure that our programs and services continue to enrich the lives of others in the years to come.

Estate Tax Savings
An outright gift to The Heckscher Museum from your estate, whatever the amount, may carry state and federal tax benefits. Please consult your attorney or financial advisor for strategies that work best for you. The Heckscher Museum of Art is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Named Opportunities
Ask about named opportunities for education, curatorial, exhibition, and facilities initiatives. Keep in mind that your gift could be dedicated in honor or in memory of another person.

“When considering a program of planned giving, I decided to focus my support in four essential areas, two of which are Education and Art. Supporting education needs no explanation.

But why art?

Because art is a recorder of history, a mirror of the present, and a lens toward the future. It challenges the viewer’s thoughts and emotions, motivates curiosity and exploration, and provides knowledge and understanding.

Yet the survival of art and artistic endeavor has never been more endangered than it is today. That is why I deem it compelling to contribute to the endowment for The Heckscher Museum so that it may continue to provide art and education via its collection, its exhibitions, and its myriad of programs for adults and for children, ‘…especially for the children.’”

-Carl Markel

Make It Happen

The Museum proudly recognizes those who have made a planned gift!

Make a bequest in your will or by adding a codicil to your present will or living trust. Please note that some types of assets require the completion of a beneficiary designation form provided by your plan administrator or financial advisor.

Complete the form below to let us know if you have made a gift and/or to request more information.

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