There are a variety of giving opportunities at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film: Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, Major Gifts, Planned Gifts, Named Gifts and Memorials. These opportunities are described in detail below. To make an online donation by credit card, please use the online donation form. Or, to make a donation by check, print a copy of the form and mail it to the address listed above the form.
For more information on any type of giving, please contact:
Vice President for Advancement and Board Relations
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has been designated as a major cultural institution by local and state arts agencies and receives funding from the the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC), the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
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The impact of the Annual Fund is felt in every area of the College, with these gifts supporting annual operations. The dollars raised provide for a variety of needs including classroom equipment, studio equipment, faculty and student community outreach initiatives, library acquisitions and exhibitions.
Annual Fund Giving Levels & Benefits:
Samuel Watkins Society ($1,000–$2,499)
President’s Circle ($2,500–$4,999)
Trustees’ Circle ($5,000–$9,999)
Commissioners’ Society ($10,000 and above)
The Annual Fund drive ends each June 30; however, gifts and pledges are received year-round.
Capital Campaign Gifts, Named Gifts and Memorials
Major Gifts secure the future of the College by providing funds to build buildings, create new spaces, establish programs, provide scholarships, and allow the planning and completion of a variety of other long-term activities. Major Gifts – unrestricted or donor designated, named or anonymous – will shape the future of the College for centuries to come.
You may include the College in your will for a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or a remainder gift after bequests to other interests have been paid. This may be done by simply adding a codicil to your existing will. A bequest provides an estate tax deduction for the donor. The staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Watkins can assist you in documenting your intention to strengthen Watkins College of Art, Design & Film with a gift from your estate.
This option allows you to make a substantial gift to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. When you make Watkins the owner and beneficiary of a new policy, your premium payments are fully deductible, and the policy’s value is not part of your taxable estate. With an existing policy, you are entitled to an immediate income tax benefit. Or, you can name Watkins as the policy beneficiary for a federal estate deduction for the entire amount at your death.
A variety of Charitable Trusts allow income-tax deductions and add to your current income for yourself and/or a beneficiary, while also giving you the satisfaction of making a substantial gift to Watkins. Trust may provide fixed payouts, or variable annual payments to the donor. A trust may be funded with cash, appreciated securities, or real estate.
Real Estate Gifts with Retained Life Interest
With a gift of property, you can continue to live at a personal residence and avoid future capital-gain tax on the property’s appreciation when you make the property a gift to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.
These gifts offer the same benefits as an outright gift of cash, but can offer added tax benefits to the donor. For information on transferring gifts of securities, please contact one of the Office of Institutional Advancement officers listed below.