The Ponce de León Society was founded in 1996 to appreciate and recognize our highest level donors. The Society's name was inspired by Ponce de León in Florida, a painting in the Museum's permanent collection by Thomas Moran.

Donors enjoy exclusive benefits and receive the highest level of access and service from Cummer Museum staff. A variety of social events throughout the year highlight the exhibitions, permanent collection, and gardens. Your membership support helps our team create an exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions and programming for you and our community.

The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) lifts the limitations on charitable contributions, allowing individuals to deduct 100 percent of their charitable donations for the remainder of 2020. Your investment in the Museum's continued ability to serve the community is critical, now more than ever. 

We appreciate your thoughtful consideration to join or renew your membership and help provide meaningful experiences with art, nature, and, most importantly, one other. For more information about the Ponce de León Society, or to update your contact information, please contact Advancement at 904.899.6028 or

Ponce de León Society Benefits

Director’s Circle: $10,000 and up

(All but $480 is tax deductible)

All benefits from Benefactor level plus:

  • Personal Collection consultation with the Director or Curator

Benefactor: $5,000 to $9,999

(All but $230 is tax deductible)

All benefits from Patron level plus:

  • Free admission for four to a garden concert of your choice
  • Director- or Curator-led PDL group tour of the permanent collection and gardens
  • Two complimentary reservations to an evening Distinguished Lecture

Patron: $1,250 to $4,999

(All but $110 is tax deductible)



Your generous gift will enable the Cummer Museum to remain one of the premier cultural destinations in Northeast Florida, presenting unique exhibitions, historic gardens on a riverfront campus, and nationally-recognized programs to audiences of all ages. Your gift will support the Museum's ongoing mission to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. Gifts of all sizes from $1 to $1,249 are appreciated and welcomed.

Click below to make a donation to Cummer Museum Annual Fund. This is an unrestricted donation to support the Museum's ongoing mission.


Donations may also be mailed to:
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Attn: Advancement
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204

For more information about ways to donate to the Cummer Museum, please contact Advancement at 904.899.6028 or


Congress has passed some important tax provisions which positively affect charitable giving. Most notable is the retroactive reinstatement for the IRA Charitable Rollover provision. 

The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals 70½ or older to make a tax-free rollover using funds transferred directly from their IRA. This means you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA without having to count the distribution as taxable income--and it counts towards your required minimum distribution. Since you will not be taxed on the income, no income tax deduction may be claimed. Consult your plan administrator for more details. Originally enacted into law in 2006, the Rollover has been permanently extended into the future.

Please consider a gift to the Cummer Museum as part of your annual IRA Rollover plans. If you have questions about this opportunity or would like to discuss other planned gifts to the Museum, please contact the Advancement Department at 904.899.6025 or via email at


Many companies offer matching gifts to employee contribitions. Some companies also provide matching funds for employee volunteer hours. Check with your company and mail your completed match form to: 

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Attn: Advancement
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204

or email it to: or call 904.899.6025.


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Click below to make a donation in memory of or in honor of a loved one. In the comment box on the form, please enter the following:

  • Whether the donation is in honor of or in memory of, along with the name of the honoree.
  • Name and address of the person you would like for us to notify about your generous donation. The amount of your donation will not be revealed to the recipient in the notification letter.


Planned Giving


The Ninah Cummer Legacy Society honors individuals who follow in Mrs. Cummer’s footsteps and make a planned gift to the Museum. Help ensure the Museum continues to remain relevant to future generations.

When the Cummer Museum first opened its doors on November 11, 1961, the historic event was the achievement of someone who knew the importance of planned giving. In her will, Ninah Cummer established a foundation to share a renowned art collection, a riverfront lot adorned with formal gardens to build an extraordinary institution, and more.

“This Foundation is created in the full knowledge that my bequests and the endowment make only a small beginning toward a large vision, but it is created, also, in the hope that others will share this vision and by their interests and contributions will help to establish here a center of beauty and culture worthy of the community.” - Ninah M. H. Cummer

Include the Cummer Museum in your estate plans to receive tax savings and make a lasting contribution to the Museum.

The following are several examples of planned giving opportunities:

  • Charitable Bequest in your will
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Gift Annuities
  • Gifts of Art
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan Gift
  • Securities

Members of the Ninah Cummer Legacy Society receive:

  • Special updates throughout the year
  • Access to the Cummer Museum staff and an opportunity to schedule a private tour of the Museum
  • Recognition in the Cummer Museum’s Annual Report and on the Donor Wall



Join the Ninah Cummer Legacy Society by notifying the Museum that you have included the Cummer Museum in your estate plans. Contact the Advancement Department at 904.899.6025 or