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SUPPORTING WATKINS

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:

Hilrie Brown
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Phone: 615-277-7401
Fax: 615-383-4849
Email: [email protected]

Caroline Davis
Director of External Relations and Assistant Director of Development
Phone: 615-277-7403
Fax: 615-383-4849
Email: [email protected]

 

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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Support the arts through a purchase of one of three Tennessee specialty license plates, offered through the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Click for more info.

 

Annual Fund

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:

Friend ($100–$249)
Benefactor ($250–$499)
Patron ($500–$999)
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.

Major Gifts

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.

Planned Giving

Bequest
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.

Life Insurance
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.

Charitable Trust
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.

Gifts Of Securities

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.

Co-chair Stephanie Currey Ingram, Watkins President Ellen L. Meyer, Commissioner Brownlee O. Currey, Jr, and co-chair Frances Currey Briggs

Co-chair Stephanie Currey Ingram, Watkins President Ellen L. Meyer, Commissioner Brownlee O. Currey, Jr, and co-chair Frances Currey Briggs

What a swell pARTy it was!

 

The pARTy

Saturday, April 26 at OZ

Cocktails • Dinner •  Silent Auction • Live Auction
featuring domestic and international trips to fabulous art-scene destinations — plus a special tribute to Commissioner Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.

 

 

 

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It was a beautiful night for cocktails on the patio

Ellen L. Meyer and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.

Ellen L. Meyer and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions about 2015 sponsorships and more, contact Michelle at 615-277-7402 or [email protected]

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Guests gather for dinner in the Grand Salon

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Gary Francis of Gibson Guitar and auctioneer Mac Hardcastle

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our generous friends and supporters of the 2014 pARTy:

 

Platinum Sponsor

JOHN R. INGRAM Advised Fund

Gold Sponsor

Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Foundation

 

Program pARTner

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Silver Sponsors:

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Bronze Sponsors

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Emma logoNeal & Harwell logoNashville Carpet Center logoOZ logo

 

 

Pewter Sponsors

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KAM Kraft logo

 

 

 

 

Wine & Spirits courtesy of 

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