Join & Support

Friends of the Hood Museum of Art

The encouragement, contributions, and participation of our supporters help this institution enrich lives through art. It's free and easy to become a Friend today!

Rather than paying membership dues up front, we ask that our Friends consider an annual contribution to the Friends of the Hood. These donations are 100% tax deductible and directly support Hood exhibitions, programs, and services. We will reach out to you late each year for your support, but you can give at any time.

Director's Circle

After several decades of leading philanthropy, the Lathrop Fellows has transformed into the Director's Circle. The Lathrop Fellows has represented a core group of Hood enthusiasts and key supporters, and with the new name—timed to coincide with the opening of our expanded facility—we celebrate this support and invite you to join us! The Director's Circle provides exclusive access for all members, including incredible travel opportunities. Join the Director's Circle group today and be part of moving the Hood forward. Any donor of $2,500 or more will receive all of the following benefits:

  • A subscription to the Hood Quarterly magazine
  • Recognition as a Director's Circle–level supporter in the Hood Quarterly once per year
  • Advance notice of breaking news and upcoming lectures, gallery talks, and programs via email
  • An invitation to participate in exclusive art-focused travel opportunities with the Hood Museum's director and curators
  • Invitations to Director's Circle–only events at the Hood Museum of Art
  • A customized tour of a Hood Museum exhibition with a curator for up to six people, by appointment

Join now!

If your Lathrop Fellows/Director's Circle membership has lapsed, we invite you to renew now!

Click here to learn about the fall 2020 Director's Circle trip.

If you have any questions, or if you are unsure about your status, please feel free to contact the assistant to the director at 603-646-2348 or by email at

Make a Gift

Gifts to the Hood Museum of Art facilitate all aspects of our teaching mission. The Hood Museum of Art plays a vital role in the cultural life of Dartmouth's campus and its regional audiences in New Hampshire and Vermont. From annual support for our ongoing operating costs, to named endowments for staff positions and programs, to funding for new acquisitions and exhibitions, to underwriting capital projects, every gift makes a difference.

Make a gift today through our secure site! You can also become a Friend of the Hood online (it's free and easy). For more information, please call the museum at (603) 646-2808 or contact us via email. The Hood Museum of Art is able to accept matching gifts.

Current-Use Gifts

By giving current-use funds, you sustain our core mission of providing transformative encounters with original works of art. Through current-use and membership gifts, we raise the funds necessary for maintaining our collections, our facilities, and our educational programming.

Current-use funds allow the Hood Museum of Art the flexibility to support unique program proposals and take advantage of opportunities as they are presented. These funds may be applied to sustain curatorial research; prolong the cycle of Dartmouth student programs; support exhibitions, publications, and educational programs; and, hire/maintain temporary staff for short-term priority projects.

Current-use funds are allocated and distributed at the discretion of the museum’s director.

Make a gift through our secure site today! For more information about current-use gift opportunities at the Hood, please call the museum at 603-646-2808 or contact us via email.

The Hood Museum of Art is able to accept matching gifts. Please contact us for details.

Endowment Gifts

Endowments honor the interests and values of museum supporters with a lasting legacy. Through named endowment gifts, donors ensure that specific museum staff positions, programs, or collections areas will be supported in perpetuity.

Personnel and programmatic endowment opportunities are available at the Hood. For more information, please call the museum at 603-646-2808 or contact us via email.

The Hood Museum of Art is able to accept matching gifts. Please contact us for details.

Planned Giving

The Hood Museum of Art is a part of Dartmouth. Gifts can be made to the museum through the Giving to Dartmouth site and by outright donation, transfer of securities or property, bequests or trusts, and matching gifts.

The Dartmouth Gift Planning Office offers a variety of tools to help you explore all aspects of planned giving, which allows you to maximize the value of your contribution for the museum and the benefits to you.

Gifts of Art

Giving works of art to the Hood Museum of Art ensures that they will be studied and enjoyed for generations to come.

The Hood Museum of Art welcomes gifts of art that fit within our acquisition strategy and advance the museum’s teaching mission. Curators evaluate each proposed gift or bequest to ensure that all acquisitions complement the museum’s collection. To discuss making a gift of a work of art, please contact Kathy Hart, senior curator of collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, 603-646-2957.