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Fowler Funds

We, at the Fowler Museum, often refer to ourselves as a “small, but mighty” team: always ambitious in our global exhibitions, programs, collaborations, and outreach, and deeply committed to pathbreaking research and caring for a renowned collection. We could not achieve this without the generosity of our members and friends.

When you give to the Fowler you provide critical resources for the Museum’s acclaimed work, and strengthen our endeavors to open eyes, minds, and hearts to the limitless creativity and eloquence of artists that help us address the challenging realities of our times.

Fowler Fund

Gifts to the Fowler Fund provide critical, unrestricted support that helps bridge the widening gap between the revenue the museum receives from the state and our operating budget. Each year the Fowler Fund makes possible a wide range of educational programs and outreach activities including artists-in-residence, lectures by visiting scholars, free bus transportation to the fowler for underserved k-12 schools, and arts and performance workshops for families.

The most common gifts are made in cash or securities. Fowler Fund donations can be made in any amount and are 100% tax-deductible. Tribute gifts can also be made in honor or in memory of a special person or occasion.

Every dollar you donate is matched due to the generosity of Jay and Deborah Last. Learn more.

Exhibition Fund

Exhibitions at the Fowler enhance understanding and appreciation of the diverse peoples, cultures, and artistic achievements of the world. The Exhibition Fund enables the Fowler to implement exciting, important, and scholarly exhibitions and make them accessible to a wide and diverse audience, including the UCLA campus as well as K-12 schoolchildren, teachers, artists, scholars, and enthusiasts from across the Southern California region and beyond.

Every dollar you donate is matched due to the generosity of Jay and Deborah Last. Learn more.

Education Fund

Each year the Education Fund makes possible a wide range of educational programs and outreach activities including lectures by visiting scholars, free bus transportation to the Fowler for underserved K-12 schools, and workshops for children and families.

Every dollar you donate is matched due to the generosity of Jay and Deborah Last. Learn more.

Conservation Fund

The Fowler Museum has a Conservation Center on-site. Support for this area of the Museum is critical to both responding to emergency conservation needs and to caring for and preserving the Museum’s art collection for future generations.

Every dollar you donate is matched due to the generosity of Jay and Deborah Last. Learn more.

Marla C. Berns Exhibition Endowment

A gift to the Marla C. Berns Exhibition Endowment honors the former Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director’s outstanding 20 years of leadership to the Fowler Museum and UCLA. The heart of Marla Berns’ tenure was her spirit of innovation and risk-taking with exhibitions that made the Fowler renowned across the globe. She shined a spotlight on lesser known and important artistic achievements in the world, bringing increased visibility, appreciation, and understanding to global arts and cultures to UCLA and Southern California. The Endowment honors Marla’s legacy while enabling us to continue this important work, ensuring growth for the Fowler’s future. Endowment funds support exhibitions and publications.

Thank you to our generous supporters!


Shirley and Ralph Shapiro


Jay and Deborah Last

The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation

Cindy Miscikowski

Lillian Lovelace

Elizabeth and Graeme Gilfillan

Jill and Barry Kitnick

Ronald and Maxine Linde

Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation


Martha and Avrum Bluming

Catherine Benkaim and Barbara Timmer

Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research

Judy Fiskin and Jon Weiner

The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation

Carolyn and Charles Knobler

Connie McCreight

Steven and Sarah Olsen

Ellen Perlmutter and Edward Jones

Don Bierlich

Robert and Ann Diener

Astrid and Howard Preston


Andrew Adelson

Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles

Mary Herne and David Kenin

Janis and William Wetsman

Steve Nelson and Vicki Turbeville

Aryan Papoli


Robert and Patsy Sung

Brenda Levin and David Abel

Massumeh Farhad

Arvey Foundation

Richard T. Baum

Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch

Susan Stanger and Roy Berns

Valerie and Brad Cohen

Laura Donnelley

Vickie Elson and Richard Todd

Jay Geller and Lowell Gallagher

Perla Karney

Linda Kunik

Saundra Lang

Ann Philbin

Dallas Price and Bob Van Breda

Michael Rohde

Bronwen and Garrett Solyom

Rhea and Adam Turteltaub

Jill Vexler

Janice and Dan Wallace

Joan Weinstein

Diane and Ernie Wolfe


Carol and Gene Block

Beth Farb

Gil and Sukey Garcetti

Chon Noriega

Matthew H. Robb and Jennifer Josten

Helene and Robert Schacter

Thomas K. Seligman

Peter Sellars

Doris Sosin

Brett Steele


Lyn and Al Avins

Kristy Edmunds

David Blair

Cameron Taylor Brown

Linda Friedman

Evelyn Meyer

Gemma Rodrigues

Christopher Waterman

The Winnick Family Foundation

Gassia Armenian

Joanna Barrkman

Herbert M. and Shelley Cole

Jean and Gary Concoff

Gloria Gonick

Carol Halperin

Erica P. Jones

Marilyn Levin

Betsy Quick

Susan Addison and Jefferson Schierbeek

Richard Baum

Erin Connors

Jennifer Wells Green

Patricia Hackel and Stan Kamin

Joanne Knopoff

Kris Lewis

Sophie Livsey

Gene McHugh

Laura Parker

Marilyn Rosen

Raymond Silverman

Kathy Smith

Ann Plauzoles

Julia Carnahan

Amy Landau

Melissa Pugash

Lori Zimmerman

Carlee Forbes

Marina Belozerskaya

Phil Curtis

Bridget DuLong

Bianca Collins

Roxana Vosough

Doran Ross Fund for African Exhibitions

A gift to the Doran H. Ross Fund for African Exhibitions directly supports the planning and implementation of exhibitions of African art and artists at the Fowler Museum. This includes research, curator and artist fees and travel, shipping, installation, interpretive media, and other primary areas of need. The Fund honors the late Fowler Museum Director’s twenty years of remarkable service to the Museum and UCLA.

Planned Giving

Making a planned gift to the Fowler Museum is a very special moment, and we understand that your decision places the Museum within the special circle of your family members, loved ones, and friends. Our planned giving opportunities can help you build a meaningful legacy that will provide crucial support to exhibitions, artistic endeavors, and the education of generations to come.

Gift in Honor of a Loved One

Tribute and memorial gifts in honor of friends and family are an especially meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones while supporting the Fowler Museum’s renowned collections, exhibitions, and educational programming. Contributions can be made in support of specific programs or departments upon your request.

For more information please contact us below.

Endowment Fund

Endowments help to stabilize the Museum’s future and provide a reliable source of income in perpetuity that can secure leadership positions and fund exhibitions, education programs, general operations and more. The Fowler accepts unrestricted, term, quasi, and restricted endowments.

For more information please contact us below.

With your ongoing support, we can continue to bring the diversity and creativity of world arts to Los Angeles and beyond.

How to Make a Gift

Making a gift is easy! 

Simply click on the link provided in the fund description to navigate to the online giving form.

By Phone
Call 310-206-0246 with a credit card #.

Make payable to “The UCLA Foundation” indicating the fund you would like to support in the memo line. Mail to:
The UCLA Foundation
PO Box 7145
Pasadena, CA 91109-9903

Wire Transfer
Click here for UCLA’s wire transfer form.

Call 310-206-0246 or email

Image: Member preview and opening celebration of Amir H. Fallah: The Fallacy of Borders, January 28, 2023. Photo by Todd Westphal.

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