Foundation Support

The Smithsonian depends on the generosity of foundation partners to fulfill its mission to contribute to the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Contributions from foundations make possible projects such as:

  • The presentation via visible storage of 3,000 works of art from the American art collection
  • The digitization of millions of letters, photos, and other documents that chronicle the lives of some of America’s greatest artists
  • The construction of the highly anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture to be located on the National Mall
  • The ground-breaking work in reproductive science that is enabling us to meet the challenge of preserving global biodiversity
  • 100 years of inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through the National Museum of Natural History, founded in 1910

Recent grants to Smithsonian programs include:


  • The Kresge Foundation
    RE:DESIGN campaign to renovate the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
  • HSC Foundation
    Smithsonian Institution's "Access to Opportunities" internship program for people with disabilities
  • The Henry Luce Foundation
    Presentation of the exhibition "Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia" at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Foundation Relations staff can assist you.

Rob Ritter
Director of Institutional Relations
202-633-5052

Please find below a listing of the most frequently requested documents for your assistance.

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Digital Access

Online Collections

Online Collections
Thousands of rare and colorful letters, prints, and sketches of the Archives of American Art can be accessed online because of a farsighted foundation grant.

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