Planned Giving / Legacy Gifts

Including the MFAH in your legacy plan will ensure that the Museum can continue its mission of excellence in collecting, exhibiting, preserving, conserving, and interpreting art for all people. Your future gift may provide unrestricted financial support, or strengthen a specific area of your own interest such as the Museum’s endowment, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Rienzi, the Glassell School of Art, conservation, or one of the Museum’s curatorial departments. These gifts have a lasting impact and inspire future generations.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a planned gift to the MFAH that may provide benefits to you and the Museum, including:

  • Naming the Museum in a will or estate plan
  • Designating life insurance proceeds or donating an insurance policy
  • Making the MFAH a beneficiary of your retirement plan, IRA, 401(k), or 203(b)
  • Establishing a charitable trust with the MFAH
  • Transferring real estate to the MFAH through a life estate
  • Promising a gift of a work (or works) of art that the Museum has agreed to accept

Named Endowments

An endowment fund is a protected investment principal in which withdrawals from the invested capital are used to support general or a specific purpose. The MFAH offers many opportunities to contribute to existing endowments and to establish new named endowments. Gifts of $100,000 or more allow you to establish a permanent endowment fund to support a specific area of interest in perpetuity. Endowment funds may be named for the donor, or for someone the donor wishes to honor or memorialize, creating lasting and meaningful tributes.


To begin a confidential conversation about a special gift to the MFAH, please contact:

Julia Smith
Senior Development Officer, Special Gifts

Phone: 713.353.1587  
Fax: 713.639.7595
Mailing address: MFAH, P.O. Box 6826, Houston, Texas 77265

All inquiries are confidential and will not obligate you to complete a gift. Please consult your advisers when considering your philanthropic objectives.

Myrtle Wreath Society

Formed in 2009 to thank friends who make plans for a legacy gift for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this group now numbers more than 290. Society members enjoy an invitation to an annual luncheon, invitations to exclusive programs, and recognition on the wall of the Museum and in selected publications. No dues or fees are necessary to participate in the Myrtle Wreath Society, but there is an enrollment process. Print an enrollment card or contact Julia Smith at or 713.353.1587 with any questions.

Of the vast treasures in the MFAH collections, the exquisite Greek Myrtle Wreath, a gift of Miss Annette Finnegan in 1937, was carefully selected to represent the society and its members. In ancient Greece, victorious soldiers, athletes, and participants in festival processions wore wreaths fashioned from intertwined leaves. By the Hellenistic period (330–30 BC) the wreaths were made of gold foil; too fragile to be worn, they were created primarily to be buried with the dead as symbols of life’s victories. This exquisite gold wreath embodies the past, present, and future victories of all involved in the MFAH and crowns the heroic friends who comprise the Myrtle Wreath Society.

Ima Hogg Society

This society recognizes and celebrates those who remember Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in their wills and estate plans. Although included in the Myrtle Wreath Society, Ima Hogg Society members also enjoy additional exclusive programs and benefits at Bayou Bend. No dues or fees are necessary to participate in the Ima Hogg Society, but there is an enrollment process. Print an enrollment card or contact Julia Smith at or 713.353.1587 with any questions.

In 1957, Ima Hogg bequeathed her historic home, collection of American decorative arts, and expansive gardens to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This remarkable gift is now regarded as one of the finest house museums in the world; its benefactor serves as the inspiration for the Ima Hogg Society.

Members of the Planned Giving Societies at the MFAH

Myrtle Wreath Society

(as of August 13, 2019)

Anonymous (30)
Donna and George Abdo
Sandy and Russell Andorka
Diane Arnold and Bill Frazier
Lynne and John Averett
Audrey Jones Beck*
Margaret E. Biehl*
Rick Bihner
Dorothy B. Black
Jack S. Blanton, Sr.*
Gay S. Block
Dr. Michael and Susan Bloome+
Jessie Carolyn Brown+* and Jack Harold Upton Brown+*
Leslie Q. Brown
Terry Ann Brown
Leslie and Brad Bucher+
Rusty Burnett
Douglas Burton and Christopher Ralston/Apartment Zero
Hiram Butler
Rose Marie Byrne*
Dr. and Mrs. Craig Calvert
Frank N. Carroll+
Elizabeth H. Caselli*
Duncan Wills Corbett
Fredricka Crain*
Mrs. Patricia S. Cunningham*
Michael W. Dale
Malcolm Daniel and Darryl Morrison
John Blodgett Davis+*
Leonora De Grasse*
James J. Deegan+*
Ms. Ellena Dickerson
Diana do Carmo
Mr. Stan Druck
Shirley S. Druggan
Mrs. Wayne B. Duddlesten
Jeaneane Booth Duncan+*
Deborah DeFord Dunkum+
John R. Eckel, Jr.*
Charles Emrich+
John Eymann
Marilyn Jane Fedder*
Linda K. Finger+*
Richard E. Fluhr and Rodolfo Hernandez, Jr.
Aggie Foster
H.J. (Joe) Foster*
Gregory Fourticq
Morgan Garwood*
Eileen B. Glaser
Susanne M. Glasscock+
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.+*
Clare Attwell Glassell+
Marc P. Gordon
Samuel F. Gorman+
Joyce Z. Greenberg
Valerie B. Greiner
Dr. Ellen R. Gritz
Nora Grossman*
Nancy P. Guinee
Jas A. Gundry+
Luis A. Gutierrez
Anne Overton Haass
Bruce Overton Haass*
William C. Hauber*
Barbara* and Ernest Henley*
Carola and John Herrin*
Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Hevrdejs
George S. Heyer, Jr.*
Marjorie G. Horning+
Katherine and George Howe
Ira J. Jackson*
Dr. Lamar and Jane Jackson Charitable Remainder Trust+
Dodie and Richard S. Jackson
Virginia Hartle Jackson*
Nancy Glanville Jewell+
A. Clark Johnson+
Dr. Blair Justice+*
Dr. Rita Justice+
James Ketelsen*
Kathryn Ketelsen
Mr. Jarrod S. Klawinsky
Andrius R. Kontrimas+
Mr. and Mrs. Vahid Kooros+
Mary Lynch Kurtz*
Ms. Margo Lamb*
Mr. William F. Lassiter*
Caroline Wiess Law*
Mark Lensky*
Phillip Leonian*
Richard D. Lester
Elsie Lieskovsky*
Victoria and Marshal Lightman*
Michael C. Linn+
Patricia G. Linn*
Eric R. Liston
Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long+
Christopher H. Loo, M.D., Ph.D.
Susan Lorence
John Andrew MacMahon
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Malbin+
Mike and Mickey Marvins
Mrs. Frances P. Marzio+
Dr. Peter C. Marzio+*
Lori Lynn and Marcel Mason+
June Mattingly*
Kate Hilton McConnico
Kay McKeough
Will L. McLendon
Laura Sue H. McMurrey*
Allen D. McReynolds
Gary Mercer
Patti and Michael Morgan
Sara and Bill Morgan
Joan Morgenstern
Mrs. S.I. Morris*
Charles Morse*
Celia and James Munisteri
Franci Neely
Carl A. Niendorff
Edward Oppenheimer, Jr.*
Maria C. Osorio
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Patsner
Mary Anne Holloman Phillips*
Mary Lawrence Porter+
Amy and Robert Poster
Amy M. Purvis
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Randall III
Minnette Robinson+
Arthur D. Robson, Jr.+*
Shirley E. Rose
Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.
Diane and Ron Sandberg+
Linda A. Sarandrea
Anne-Louise Schaffer
Wanda Schaffner
Marc Schindler+
Alice C. Simkins
William J. Sloughter*
Anita J. and William R. Snell
Charlotte H. Stafford+*
Levi Alvin Stark, Jr.+*
William F. Stern*
Catherine Stevenson
Carol Ann Straus*
Harold Jack Tausend, M.D.*
Charlene Quitter Thompson*
Merrianne Timko and Peter Lotz
Gary Tinterow
Mrs. Fiona Toth
Dr. Robert S. Toth*
Ann G. Trammell+
Anne Wilkes Tucker+
Francita Stuart Koelsch Ulmer+
Dr. Carlos Vallbona*
Jana Vander Lee
Suneeta and Nanik Vaswani
Margaret Waisman, M.D.
Thomas Barry Walker*
Renee G. Wallace
Linda R. Walls
Ms. Mamie Walters*
Michael Weller
Dorothy S. and Robert D. Wells
Herbert C. Wells*
Ms. Lynne Werner
Jane Day Westerfield+*
Karen Wilkin and Don Clinton
Eleanor L. Williams
Isabel B. Wilson+*
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson+
Shari and Gary Winston
Diane and Gabriel Wisdom
Daisy S. Wong*
John C. Wynne*
John L. Zipprich II

*gift matured
+ charter member

Ima Hogg Society

(as of December 31, 2019)

Anonymous (5) 
Marie Sharpe Blaine+
Bonnie Campbell+
Evelyn Houstoun Chew+*
Marie and John Houser Chiles
Elinor M. Christian+
Harriet Sharpe Cochran 
Larry F. Cochran*
Mary Frances Couper*
Mrs. Lacy Crain+
Carol A. Crawford
Weyman Crawford*
Sharon G. Dies
Martha Erwin+
Richard E. Fluhr and Rodolfo Hernandez, Jr.
Lorraine and David Frazier
Debbie and Gary Gibson+
Susanne M. Glasscock+
Jas A. Gundry+
Kay Collins Handly
Cynthia G. Holliday+
Nancy Glanville Jewell
A. Clark Johnson+
Carolyn Frost Keenan+
Kathy Lee Kennedy
Elsie Layton*
Robert J. Lorio
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Y. Marchand+
Laura Sue H. McMurrey*
Robin L. Michel and William M. Pillsbury
Susan Morrison
Mrs. Robert V. Nelson, Jr.+
Susan Neptune+
Sara M. Peterson+
Marc Schindler+
Mr. Morin Montagu Scott, Jr.+*
Mrs. Morin Montagu Scott, Jr.+
Alice C. Simkins
Katie Smith
Mrs. Dewitt Untermeyer+*
Ralph Wallingford+*
Toni Wallingford+
David B. Warren+
Mrs. Sara E. White
Barbara Graham Williams+
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson+
Sally and Denny Wright

*gift matured
+charter member

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