MEMBERSHIP TIERS

One of the best ways to support the museum is by becoming a member. The most important benefit of membership is the knowledge that you are assisting the Cartoon Art Museum in its effort to serve the community through exciting exhibits, educational programs, and the collection and preservation of cartoon art. We depend on the generous contributions of our members to continue this important work. Become a member; support the art and help preserve history!

  • STUDENT/SENIOR

    $35

    • Free admission for member and a guest
    • 15% discount in the bookstore
    • Invitations to openings and special receptions
    • Reduced rates at special events
  • INDIVIDUAL

    $45

    • Free admission for member and a guest
    • 15% discount in the bookstore
    • Invitations to openings and special receptions
    • Reduced rates at special events
  • FAMILY

    $65

    Core Benefits for two adults

    • Free admission for two adults
    • Admission for one additional guest and children
    • 15% discount in the bookstore
    • Invitations to openings and special receptions
    • Reduced rates at special events
  • FRIEND

    $125

    Family level benefits plus more!

    • Same as Family Benefits
    • One free exhibit catalog
    • ROAM – Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums program*
  • PATRON

    $275

    Family level benefits plus more!

    • Family Benefits plus four additional guests
    • One free exhibit catalog
    • One personal docent tour
    • ROAM – Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums program*
  • SPONSOR

    $500

    Family Benefits plus nine additional guests

    • Family Benefits plus nine additional guests
    • One free exhibit catalog
    • One personal docent tour
    • 20% discount at the bookstore
    • ROAM – Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums program*
  • BENEFACTOR

    $1000

    Family level Core Benefits plus more!

    • Family Benefits plus nine additional guests
    • One free exhibit catalog
    • One personal docent tour
    • 20% discount at the bookstore
    • One free piece of original cartoon art (selected by the museum)
    • ROAM – Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums program*

CONTRIBUTIONS AND DONATIONS

THE MUSEUM ACCEPTS DONATIONS of original comic, cartoon and animation art for its permanent collection. Donations and bequests from individual artists and collectors, as well as Legacy Gifts and Bequests, are responsible for the majority of our collection, and those items are then available for exhibitions and for use by scholars and other qualified researchers. Donating your artwork to the Museum ensures that it will be preserved for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

Donations can be made via check to the Cartoon Art Museum and sent to Cartoon Art Museum, P.O. Box 566, San Francisco, CA  94104-0566, or via credit card through the link below.

To inquire about art donations, please contact gallery@cartoonart.org.

To plan a Legacy Gift or Bequest, please contact office@cartoonart.org.



DONATION GUIDELINES

THE MUSEUM COLLECTS:

  • Animation artwork, such as character model sheets, drawings and cels
  • Advertising cartoons
  • Comic book artwork
  • Comic strip artwork
  • Editorial cartoons
  • Graphic novel artwork
  • Magazine cartoons
  • Tear sheets and printed copies of rare vintage artwork
  • Underground cartoons and comix artwork

RESEARCH LIBRARY DONATION GUIDELINES

The museum is happy to accept books for its research library including reference books, how-to books, cartoon collections, cartoonist biographies, and cartoon-related periodicals and other archival materials for its research library. In certain cases, rare cartoon books will be accessioned into the permanent collection.

To inquire about library donations, please contact gallery@cartoonart.org.




THE MUSEUM COLLECTS:

  • Biographies about cartoonists, comic book artists, and animators
  • Cartoon books
  • Graphic novels and anthologies of comic strips or comic books
  • Reference books about cartooning, comics or animation
  • Periodicals and journals about cartooning, comics or animation

OTHER MEDIA

  • Animation DVDs or CD of animation music
  • Games and other interactive objects related to cartoons or comics
  • Toys, merchandise, and other 3-D objects related to cartoons or comics

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • CAN I DONATE MY COMIC BOOK COLLECTION?

    Due to space restrictions, the museum can only accept a selection of particular comic books for our permanent collection. Certain Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as some older vintage printed materials are eligible for the archives on a case-by-case basis.

  • I HAVE AN OLD FLYER THAT I THINK IS ILLUSTRATED BY A FAMOUS CARTOONIST. WILL THE MUSEUM ACCEPT IT?

    We accept printed materials for our research library that have a relationship to cartoon or animation art, especially rarities that will be useful to researchers. If you have an unusual item that you think might be of interest, please contact our curator.

  • DOES THE MUSEUM COLLECT TOYS, ACTION FIGURES OR OTHER CARTOON MERCHANDISE?

    Yes, the museum does collect selected merchandise, toys, and other 3-D objects related to cartoons, on a case-by-case basis. If you have memorabilia that you think might be of interest, please contact our curator.

  • CAN THE MUSEUM TELL ME WHAT MY COLLECTION IS WORTH?

    For both ethical and legal reasons, the staff of the museum is not permitted to give appraisals or opinions of monetary value of art or other objects. We recommend that you arrange for an independent appraisal of your cartoon art and objects before considering donation in order to correctly assess the value of your donation for tax purposes. See below for more details on appraisal requirements for tax purposes. Useful sources to consult for determining value include*:

    • Auction catalogs and auction house sites (i.e. Illustration House, Sotheby's, Christie's)
    • Dealers of cartoon art, comic books, or cartoon-related merchandise
    • IRS Publication 561 "Determining the Value of Donated Property"
    • Online auction sites (i.e. eBay)
    • Price Guides and Books on Collectibles:
    • Robert M. Overstreet, The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide
    *Inclusion on this list in no way implies an endorsement or recommendation by the Cartoon Art Museum.

  • WHAT ARE THE TAX BENEFITS OF DONATING?

    The Cartoon Art Museum is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. The fair-market value of any donation is tax-deductible. The fair-market value is defined as "the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts." – Income Tax Regs. Sec. 1.170A-1(c)(2)

  • DOES THE IRS REQUIRE AN APPRAISAL OF MY DONATION?

    If you claim a total deduction of $500 or less* for all contributed property, you do not need to attach any special forms to your tax return. If you donate personal property worth between $501 and $5,000, the IRS requires Form 8283, Non-cash Charitable Contributions to be filed with your tax return, but it does not need to be signed by the museum. You do not need a professional appraisal but you must report how the fair-market value was determined. Evidence of contemporary sales of similar pieces is generally sufficient. If the donated item or group of similar items exceeds $5,000 in value, the IRS requires a professional appraisal. As an interested party, the Cartoon Art Museum is not permitted to provide or arrange the appraisal. IRS Form 8283, Non-cash Charitable Contributions must be attached to your income tax return and signed by both the appraiser and the museum. If your total art contribution deduction exceeds $20,000, you must attach a complete copy of the signed appraisal along with IRS Form 8283, Non-cash Charitable Contributions. You can download Form 8283 from the Internal Revenue Service's web site: www.irs.gov<

  • WHAT DOCUMENTATION DOES THE MUSEUM PROVIDE?

    For every donation, the museum provides a letter stating what the gift was and when it was received by the museum. The donor should keep this letter as a receipt of the gift for their tax records. For any donation of stock, art, books, or other gifts-in-kind to the Cartoon Art Museum, the fair-market value is tax-deductible.

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