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Donate to the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries throughout the country.  To enhance its programs, IMLS is authorized by Congress to solicit and accept tax deductible contributions from individuals and organizations.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is established by White House Executive Order at the IMLS as an advisory body to the President on cultural policy. The committee is comprised of leading artists, scholars, museum practitioners, and philanthropists. The PCAH provides recommendations to the President to advance wide-ranging policy objectives in the arts and humanities. As part of its mandate, the PCAH considers how the arts and humanities sectors can positively impact community well-being, economic development, public health, education, civic engagement, and climate change across the United States. 

As the home agency of PCAH, IMLS will implement any recommendations from PCAH. PCAH-informed programs at IMLS benefit from the generosity of donors, including foundations, corporations, and private individuals. Your support can further enhance our programs and activities and help to make sure that the vital sectors of the arts, the humanities and museum and library services are available to communities and individuals throughout the United States.

Donations to IMLS are generally tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.  20 U.S.C. § 9106; 26 U.S.C. § 170(c)(1).  Such donations are deductible as charitable contributions for payment made in the taxable year.  26 U.S.C. § 170(a)(1).  However, IMLS does not provide advice to donors on the tax implications of donations, and donors are encouraged to consult with their individual tax advisors.


Chief Operating Officer    
Institute of Museum and Library Services    
955 L’Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000    
Washington, D.C. 20024-2135    
Phone: 202-653-4672

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IMLS may accept donations from individuals and from organizations that are not eligible to apply for grants, present a conflict of interest, or are considered "prohibited sources." Donations will be reviewed in accordance with IMLS policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legal requirements, including IMLS's authorizing and appropriation statutes.