Planned Giving

Support Our Future

Create a lasting legacy for future generations of design enthusiasts through a planned gift to Cooper Hewitt. By including Cooper Hewitt in your estate plan, you provide a vital source of capital and endowment income to ensure that the museum can continue its mission to educate, inspire, and empower people through design.

Cooper Hewitt Legacy Society

When you support Cooper Hewitt with a planned gift, you become a lifetime member of the Cooper Hewitt Legacy Society. Members receive:

  • Information about new exhibitions and programs, and invitations to VIP events, including an annual event with the museum’s director.
  • Membership in the Smithsonian-wide Legacy Society, with invitations to special events, the Annual Smithsonian Members’ Weekend and Legacy Society Luncheon.
  • Recognition in Cooper Hewitt’s online Annual List of Donors and the Smithsonian Institution’s Annual Report, as well as recognition as a donor to the Smithsonian’s National Campaign.

Learn more about the various giving opportunities available at Cooper Hewitt. Thank you for your consideration.


Contact us

If you have made plans to include a bequest to Cooper Hewitt or would like assistance in planning your gift to the museum, please call 212.849.8322 or email We want to personally thank you, ensure that we can accommodate your wishes, and welcome you as a Cooper Hewitt Legacy Society member. All information will be held in strictest confidence.

Information for Advisors

Cooper Hewitt is also pleased to provide information to attorneys or other advisors regarding gifts to the museum that they may share with clients. For information about gifts to other Smithsonian museums, advisors should contact the Smithsonian Planned Giving Office at or (888) 419-7584.

For your reference

Cooper Hewitt’s federal tax ID number is 53-0206027. The museum’s full legal name is Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Featured Image: Installation view of Models & Prototypes Gallery. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum