Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Society

The Board of Trustees of the Whitney Museum formed the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Society to honor Whitney friends who have included the Museum in their estate plans. In gratitude for their thoughtful planning and generosity, Whitney Society members receive a wide range of benefits. If you have already made a provision for the Whitney in your will, please contact the Office of Planned Giving so that you may be enrolled as a Whitney Society member.

Whitney Society Membership Benefits

 The most rewarding benefit of membership in the Whitney Society is the personal satisfaction of knowing that you, like Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, have made a lasting contribution to contemporary art in America. Other membership benefits include:

  • Invitations each year to private receptions and gallery tours, as well as other select Museum events
  • Publication (subject to your approval) of your name in the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Society listing Museum publications
  • Seminars on timely estate planning issues

The Whitney Museum of American Art recommends that you discuss your gift plans with your own legal and financial advisers. Members of the Whitney staff will be happy to work with you and your advisers to ensure that your gift meets your goals and the Museum's needs.

Membership in the Whitney Society is separate from Museum membership. 

Drawing of a woman

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925),  Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, c. 1913. Conte crayon, charcoal, and graphite on paper. (61.9 x 50.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: gift of Flora Miller Biddle, Pamela T. LeBoutiller,  Whitney Tower, and Leverett S. Miller 92.22

For further information, please contact the Planned Giving Office at (212) 570-7700 or