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Planned Giving

Make the Arts Your Legacy

ArtsWave is the Greater Cincinnati region's local arts agency and the nation's first and largest community campaign for the arts. We believe the arts—music, dance, theater, museums, festivals, and more—create a vibrant regional economy and a more connected community. With the help of tens of thousands of donors, ArtsWave supports more than 100 arts and community organizations that make our region an amazing place to live.

The arts are an indispensable part of the community. To ensure the arts were supported in perpetuity, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. and Anna Sinton Taft founded the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts in 1927. The Tafts believed that Cincinnati could truly distinguish itself through its arts and cultural assets. They offered a $1 million endowment if the community could match it with $2.5 million. The community responded, and the endowment was created.

Now, ArtsWave’s annual community campaign and endowment continues the legacy upon which the organization was founded. Strong funding has allowed Cincinnati’s arts and cultural scene to become a national draw and regional asset, creating a ripple effect of economic and community benefits.

If you believe in the fundamental value and impact of the arts, including ArtsWave in your will or trust is a powerful way to ensure that Cincinnati remains among the nation’s most culturally vibrant communities.

Contact Us

If you have included ArtsWave in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to make sure the purpose of your gift is understood, thank you for your generosity, and recognize you as a legacy donor.

Please contact Kate Kennedy at or (513) 632-0114.

Important ArtsWave Information

The official name of ArtsWave is Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts. We are formerly known as the Fine Arts Fund.

Our federal tax I.D. number is 31-0537138.