The Endowment Trust

The Endowment Trust is the long‐term financial custodian for the Visual Arts Center.

The Visual Arts Center Endowment Trust provides long term financial management of donated funds to support the future of the arts and provide long term funding sustainability for the Visual Arts Center. It is managed by a Visual Arts Center Endowment Trust Board.

Ensuring the Future

A significant step in ensuring the continuity of art for future generations took place in 1998 when the Endowment Trust was established to support the Visual Arts Center. Critical early funding came from the estates of Fred Babcock and Carolyn Bretz with a later major gift from the William and Betty Lou Baxter estate. The Lala Kaiser Trust contributes quarterly distributions and Dr. William and Suzanne Bowles created an endowment to further the art of portraiture. Additionally, hundreds of donors have established endowment accounts, both large and small, many of which have grown over time.  Donations come from art lovers, volunteers, and artists alike. The common element is that they understand the power of art and want it to exist beyond their lifetimes.

As the Trust continues to grow, it can ensure that the Visual Art Center's reach and content continue to meet the needs of our current and future generations.  Annual income from the Trust supports important Visual Arts Center programs and capital requirements. The Trust helps to ensure stability and growth, so the Visual Arts Center's reach and resources can meet the needs of tomorrow.

The Art Angel Wall recognizes donations of $5,000 or greater.
Donations of $1,000 or more are noted in the Visual Arts Center's Annual Report. The Art Angel Wall, located in the Visual Arts Center, recognizes donations of $5,000 or greater.

 Endowment Trustees:

      • Donna Peterman, President

      • Sue Krasny, Vice President
      • Denise Henry, Corresponding Secretary
      • Ron Olsen, Treasurer
      • Constance Robison, Director
      • Kelsey Veitengruber, Director
      • Beverly Yankwitt, Director
      • Alexia Martin, Director

You Can Make A Difference!

Make a Donation: Give to the Endowment Trust. Contribute a small or large amount, lump sum, or donate over time. The Trust can work with you to carry out your wishes. An immediate donation may be made through a gift of cash or appreciated securities. A donation for up to five years may be made through a signed pledge with fixed payments. Many giving opportunities include potential tax benefits. Consult with your financial planner to find the best choice for you:

      • Cash
      • IRA's
      • Marketable Stocks & Bonds
      • Real Estate
      • Corporate Matching Funds
      • Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

Leave a Legacy: Consider including the Endowment Trust in your Will, Trust or Estate Planning. You will be helping to insure the future of art for generations to come. Donate now or for more information email

Donate to the Endowment Trust