If your question is not addressed below, please email mfafund@mfa.org or call 617-369-3785 for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MFA Fund?

The MFA Fund is the Museum's annual fund for general operating support. A gift to the MFA Fund supports vital programming at the heart of our mission and makes the Museum accessible to all our visitors. Anyone may contribute, and gifts of all sizes are accepted—and encouraged!

Will I receive any benefits in exchange for my MFA Fund gift?

No. Donations to the MFA Fund are straightforward charitable contributions. No goods, services, or membership benefits are provided in exchange for MFA Fund gifts.

Is my MFA Fund gift tax-deductible?

Yes. Donations to the MFA Fund are fully tax-deductible within the limits of the law.

The Museum has many members and sells hundreds of thousands of admission tickets each year. Does it really need MFA Fund contributions, too?

Yes! The costs of operating a world-class museum are enormous, and unlike other institutions of comparable size and scale, the MFA is one of few privately funded museums with nearly 100% of its donations coming from our community. Membership dues account for one quarter of the operating budget, but additional private donations play a critical role in keeping the Museum's doors open year after year.

How are MFA Fund gifts used?

MFA Fund donations support our annual operating budget. The entire Museum family—curators and cleaners, educators and electricians, exhibition designers and conservation specialists—use operating funds to carry out vital work. From supplying art materials for free children's programs to providing lighting and climate control in the galleries, support for the MFA Fund benefits all essential operations.

Can I designate my MFA Fund gift for a particular use?

You may designate your MFA Fund gift to one of the Museum's top priorities: Exhibitions and Research, Education and Public Programs, or Conservation and Collections Care. Please call the MFA Fund office 617-369-3785 in order to make a designated gift.

Can I make an MFA Fund gift in honor or memory of a loved one?

Yes. There is a section on the form to note if your gift is in memory or in honor of a loved one. You will be prompted to enter the name of the honoree, a message and the name and address to whom we can send notification of your gift. The amount of your gift will not be mentioned in the notification.

How is the Museum's fiscal year different from the calendar year?

The MFA's fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30. Thus, the calendar year's end (December 31) marks the half-way point in our fiscal year.