Mrs. Heard and Eagle Scout Tom Fannin admirie a Salado jar.

Planned Giving

Planned giving at the Heard Museum has been one of the most valued sources of support ever since Maie B. Heard gave us her beautiful museum and collection of American Indian, Latino, African, Pacific Islander and other indigenous art more than 60 years ago after her passing in 1951.

Dwight and Maie Heard were one of the most successful and admired couples at a time when Arizona was transitioning to statehood. Their wish was to preserve the art and history of Native communities and educate future generations about the importance of our American Indian peoples. To this day, the original financial support from the Heards helps guarantee that the Heard Museum will remain one of the most prominent art and cultural centers in the American west.

To ensure a stable and bright future for the Heard Museum, the Board of Trustees have established a Planned Giving Committee that consists of some of the most respected business leaders, estate and wealth advisers in Arizona. The professionals listed below are experienced philanthropic leaders in charities throughout the country, while other committee members are experts in specific types of gifting that can benefit both donors and their heirs. Whether you are considering a gift of art from your collection, a gift annuity for higher income or gifts of real estate, our Planned Giving professionals would be honored to discuss your specific situation and desires.


Please contact Natalie Vandeventer by phone at 602.251.0211 or by email at nvandeventer@heard.org for additional information about how we can assist you in making the Heard a special experience for future generations.

What Heard Museum Members Are Saying


“Circles of Giving has enhanced our knowledge of native cultures and arts and introduced us to others who share the same interests and passions. It is a fun way to explore other aspects of a great museum.”

David and Mary Patino

"The Circles of Giving financially aids the programs of the Museum while providing its members with unique opportunities to experience new exhibits through the eyes of the curators."

Norma Jean-Coulter

”Circles membership is a great way to support the Museum and enhance personal enlightenment.”

Stanley and Judith Getch

”There shouldn't have to be benefits to encourage members who can support the Heard Museum at higher levels, but we do like our benefits: Special invitations, special events, discounts, subscriptions, complimentary admissions, early admissions, and on and on. These are just the cherries on the cake of supporting a fine institution we all love!”

Norman Sandfield