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Giving Options

Ways to Give

For nearly 25 years, the Smithsonian Latino Center has served as the corazón of Latinidad at the Smithsonian, ensuring that the Latino community's contributions are celebrated and represented in innovative and unique ways to advance the Latino story as part of the American story. Your generous support empowers the Smithsonian to preserve Latino history and culture, engage communities, and advance Latino representation in the United States.  

With your support of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino dedicated to celebrating the U.S. Latino experience, you are helping the Smithsonian showcase that Latino history is American history and reach millions of diverse, intergenerational audiences and continue to inspire generations to come. 

Individual and Planned Giving

Those who support the Smithsonian Latino Center through their estate plans or life-income gifts help build a secure future for the Latino Center. Your legacy gift to the Latino Center ensures that future generations can find their stories reflected in the nation's museum. There are many ways to make a planned gift to the Latino Center. To learn more, contact

Leaving a gift in your will or revocable living trust is a wonderful way to ensure that your support of the Smithsonian Latino Center impacts generations to come. 

You may designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to the Latino Center, while leaving other assets to your family and friends. 

There is no minimum requirement. Every gift counts. 

To make a gift in your will or trust, follow these simple steps: 

Provide your attorney with the following sample language: 

"I give the [residue of my estate], [__% of the residue of my estate], or [the sum of ___dollars] to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for the benefit of the Smithsonian Latino Center." 

Notify us so we can welcome you to the Smithsonian Legacy Society.  

Naming the Smithsonian Latino Center as the beneficiary of a retirement account is a smart way to give. Income from a retirement account is often taxed more heavily than other assets and so may become a liability for your loved ones.  

Because the Smithsonian Latino Center is tax-exempt, 100 percent of your gift will go toward creating your legacy. You can also name the Smithsonian Latino Center as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, certificate of deposit, bank or brokerage account, as well as a donor-advised fund.  

To make a gift by beneficiary designation, follow these steps:  

Contact your retirement plan administrator, bank, broker, or insurance company and request a beneficiary form.  

Write "Smithsonian Institution, for the benefit of the Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington, DC, Federal Tax ID Number 53-0206027" as a sole, partial, or contingent beneficiary of your account.  

Sign and return the beneficiary form to your plan administrator and keep a copy for your files.  

Notify us so we can welcome you to the Smithsonian Legacy Society. 


When you create a charitable gift annuity with the Smithsonian Institution, you receive stable annual payments for life and a charitable income tax deduction in the year you make the donation. 

A gift annuity is simple and flexible, and it gives you the satisfaction of making a gift that benefits you now and provides future support to the Smithsonian Latino Center.  

We hope to welcome you to the Smithsonian Legacy Society and a lifelong relationship with the Latino Center. The Legacy Society provides you with opportunities to connect with other philanthropists who share a love of learning and a commitment to the mission and future of the Smithsonian Latino Center. 

As a Legacy Society member, you will be among the first to learn about new exhibitions and programs, and you will be invited to special donor receptions and events, such as the annual Legacy Society event at the Latino Center. Your gift will be noted in the Smithsonian Annual Report, or you may choose to remain anonymous. Please talk with us about how you can be part of the Campaign for the future Smithsonian Latino Gallery with your legacy gift. 

To explore the best giving opportunity for you and your family, please contact  

Corporate and Foundation Support

Corporate and Foundation support play a vital philanthropic role in supporting the Smithsonian Latino Center’s mission, public programs, exhibitions, and leadership/professional development. We work closely with our corporate partners to create tailored sponsorship packages, providing prominent recognition, access, and promotional benefits. 

For More Information 

To learn more about how you can support the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Latino, please contact Jennifer Pichardo, Senior Advancement Officer at or 202-633-8711. 

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