Since Sir Henry Tate’s founding gift in 1897, Tate has been caring for, growing and sharing our national collection. Now more than ever, as a charity Tate relies heavily on the generosity of our supporters.

Every gift makes a difference

After you’ve looked after your family and friends, please consider leaving a gift to Tate in your Will.

A planned gift to Tate will help us:

Any gift we receive, no matter the size, makes a vital contribution to our ongoing work. Unrestricted gifts, of all sizes, are especially important as they enable Tate to use your donation wherever the need is greatest.

children in school uniform run in turbine hall with placards

© Tate

two people conserve Roy Lichtenstein Whaam! 1963

Roy Lichtenstein Whaam! 1963 Tate Purchased 1966 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2019

two people stand and look at a Rebecca Warren sculpture

Rebecca Warren installation © Tate

Support an area of our work

If you would like to make a gift to support a particular area of our work that is important to you, we would be happy to discuss this further. Contact details are at the bottom of this webpage.

Leave Tate an artwork

If you are thinking of leaving an artwork to Tate in your Will, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss your gift and ensure that Tate will be able to accept your artwork when the time comes. In addition to gifts of art made directly to Tate, there are two tax-efficient giving schemed operated by Arts Council England for which an artwork gift may be eligible:

Acceptance in Lieu scheme

The Acceptance in Lieu scheme enables taxpayers to transfer works of art into public ownership while paying inheritance tax. The taxpayer can benefit from a greater proportion of its value than if the same artwork is sold and the proceeds used to meet the liability. The artwork then becomes property of Tate.

Cultural Gifts scheme

This scheme enables UK taxpayers to donate works of art in their lifetime for the benefit of the nation. In return, donors receive a reduction of income and capital gains tax based on a set percentage of the value of the item they are donating.

Frequently asked questions

Yes you can. We welcome gifts that can be spent wherever the need is greatest because they help us carry out the most urgent work. However, we are also very happy to accept gifts that support an area of our work, for example, education or conservation. That means you can choose precisely what your money is spent on.

Yes, you’ll find some guidance and suggested wording in this document [PDF, 657. Kb]. We recommend you use a qualified solicitor to ensure your wishes are recorded properly.

If you already have a Will and want to add a gift to Tate, it’s very easy to make a simple addition. All you need is a simple legal document called a codicil.

Download codicil [PDF, 215 Kb]

You don’t need to tell us, but if you feel comfortable sharing your intentions, we’d love the chance to thank you. If you’re interested, we can keep you up to date with how gifts are helping in an annual newsletter and invite to join the 1897 Circle, Tate’s honorary Legacy club, as well as invites to other special events.

As a charity, any gift to us is free from Inheritance Tax. There are schemes which can reduce Inheritance Tax on the estate through charitable giving, but these are subject to change – please ask your adviser or visit gov.uk for more information.

Get in touch

If you would like to talk to us about leaving a gift in your Will or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Legacies Team – we’re here to help

Email legacy.enquiries@tate.org.uk
Call +44(0) 20 7821 8760

Other ways to support Tate

Banner image: Claude Monet Water-Lilies after 1916 Courtesy National Gallery, London 2003. Photo:Tate