WAYS to GIVE

SO MANY WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Marine Garden reflecting pool

Vizcaya is much more than a beautiful estate and grounds—it is a window into the history of Miami. This accredited museum and National Historic Landmark is a vital cultural resource for both locals and more than 300,000 annual visitors.

Thanks to the generous support of our members and donors, Vizcaya is able to maintain its properties and collection for the enjoyment of future generations and offer diverse programs to the community.

There is no place like Vizcaya. Please help us continue to fulfill our mission to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future.

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If Vizcaya has captured your heart, there is no better way to enjoy this historic gem than as a member. Vizcaya members receive unlimited daytime admission all year, exclusive access programs and events, special discounts and much more.

To review the membership options and select that one that is best suited to you, click the button below.

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Three people at a 2016 Lunch and Learn event in the Vizcaya Village Garage.

The James Deering Society (JDS) members believe in the value of Vizcaya and make an annual financial commitment to advance the museum’s mission and programs.

As valued friends of Vizcaya, JDS donors receive exclusive access to special luncheons, private tours and programs that celebrate and illuminate the work of preservation and learning at the museum.

These unrestricted donations are critical to ensuring Vizcaya’s future. Donor support immediately helps to offset daily maintenance and preservation work as well as ongoing activities, which engage our community.

To learn more about the James Deering Society, please contact the Major Gifts Office at 305-860-8418 or via email.

“Vizcaya is a breathtaking historic Miami landmark with an incredible team behind it!”

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MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT

Vizcaya's Endowment Fund
Historic light fixture now installed on Main House

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Endowment Fund was formalized in 2003 to ensure the museum’s long-term financial health. Your donation to the Endowment Fund is a self-renewing gift, since the current drawdown policy of 5% per year allows the principal to grow while generating a reliable income stream in perpetuity.

Our goal is to significantly increase the Endowment’s corpus in the near future so that additional resources are available to support the museum’s mission, including funding for:

  • a growing portfolio of learning programs for youth, students and adults;
  • collections’ care, research and critical restoration projects;
  • long-deferred capital improvement projects; and
  • annual operations.

For more information about how to make a donation to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Endowment Fund, please contact the Major Gifts Office at 305-860-8418 or via email.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs where they complement the charitable donations of their employees with a corporate contribution of equal or greater value. If your employer offers such benefits, you can obtain a matching gift form from your Human Resources department and submit it to Vizcaya along with your charitable donation.

Our Major Gifts Office will then reach out to your employer to ensure your gift is matched.

Be sure to check with your company to see if your gift qualifies for a corporate match. Related forms can be submitted via email or mailed to the address below:

ATTN: Major Gifts, Melanie Broeker
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc.
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

For questions about matching gifts, please reach out to the Major Gifts Office by phone at 305-860-8418 or via email.

The North side of Vizcaya's Main House, which sits directly across from the Orchidarium. Photo shows the steps and balcony with three closed glass doors that lead to the basement.
Planned Giving
Decorative railing overlooking mangroves

Vizcaya welcomes all forms of charitable giving, from the simplest outright donations to the most sophisticated estate gifts. You may wish to consider leaving a legacy with a planned gift that will support the museum in a meaningful, far-reaching and financially sound way.

Vizcaya staff is ready to work with you and your financial advisor to craft language that represents your goals for a planned gift. We encourage individuals to notify us of their intent to include Vizcaya in their estate planning, as prior notification allows us to acknowledge your generosity.

Charitable Bequests and Legacy Gifts

You can make Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc. a beneficiary in your will by giving a specific amount, a percentage of your estate or the remainder of your estate. A bequest through your will or trust is a simple way to make an important gift to further the preservation of Vizcaya. Bequests may be of any size. Four common methods of making a bequest are gifts of a:

  • specific dollar amount;
  • specific property (real property, personal property, securities);
  • percentage of your estate; or
  • residue of your estate.

Sample text for different types of bequests can be found here.

Appreciated Securities

You may also wish to consider giving outright gifts of appreciated securities, which can reduce your income and estate taxes and avoid capital gain taxes entirely. Giving appreciated securities can be used for both annual and major gifts.

Gifts of appreciated securities are put to work immediately, whether designated for unrestricted operating support, to fund a specific project or to be invested as permanent endowment.

This is an easy way to give and offers two tax advantages. First, the entire fair market value of the stock is fully tax-deductible. Second, by transferring stock directly to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc., donors avoid capital gain taxes.

Life Insurance

You may make Vizcaya the beneficiary of your life insurance policies. When an existing policy is given to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc., the owner may deduct, as a charitable contribution, the current value of the policy or the net cost of the policy if this is less than current value. In addition, future premium payments are also deductible after ownership has transferred to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc.

We are prepared to help you and your financial advisor find the gift structure that will provide the best combination of financial and tax advantage, while providing support for the preservation and educational mission of Vizcaya.

Stock

You can also support Vizcaya with a donation of stock and by including Vizcaya in your will.

 

For more information about our planned giving program, please contact the Major Gifts Office at 305-860-8418 or via email.