Your support of The Bascom will contribute to the creation of new, mission-driven visual arts experiences for our community.

Make a Donation

All gifts are appreciated! Make your gift securely online or mail a check to 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741, transfer appreciated stock or make a distribution from your retirement account.  There are many ways to support The Bascom.  Feel Free to contact us at 828.526.4949 with any questions. 

Become a Bascom Member

Make your first gift to The Bascom by becoming a Bascom Member. Membership at The Bascom helps sustain our programs and provides opportunities to engage with us. Membership is $50.00/person; $100.00/household annually.

  • Discount on Classes
  • Discount on Ceramics Studio Membership of 3 months or longer
  • Opportunity to Submit to our Annual Juried Members Show

Gifts of $500 or More
Donors who contribute $500 or more receive additional recognition. 

  • The Benefits of Bascom Membership plus:
  • NARM Membership Card
  • One-time 10% discount in the Bascom Shop
  • Invitation to a Special Event

Join the Director's Circle $1,000 and above

Donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized as Director Circle patrons.  Each year, we offer VIP Director’s Circle opportunities such as exclusive receptions and sales. All Bascom Director’s Circle Donors are given special benefits. All Director’s Circle Donors are offered unlimited 10% discount in the Bascom Shop.

Director’s Circle patrons can choose to support The Bascom with unrestricted gifts, Exhibition Sponsorships, Special Event Sponsorships, or Restricted Gifts that are in accordance with The Bascom’s Gift Acceptance Policy.

Director’s Circle Recognition are listed below:

Diamond Level $10,000 and above 

  • Emphasized Listing in the Annual Report and Donor Board
  • Invitation to the Annual Benefactors Breakfast
  • Invitations to Special Diamond-Level Opportunities
  • Pledges of $10,000 or more per year for three consecutive years are eligible for the Thompson match and The Barratt Society, see details below. 

 Platinum Level $5,000 and above 

  • Listing in the Annual Report and Donor Board
  • Invitation to the Annual Benefactors Breakfast
  • Invitations to Special Platinum-Level Opportunities

Gold Level $2,500 and above

  • Listing in the Annual Report 
  • Invitation to the Annual Benefactors Breakfast
  • Invitations to Special Gold-Level Opportunities

Silver Level $1,000 and above

  • Listing in the Annual Report 
  • Invitation to the Annual Benefactors Breakfast
  • Invitations to Special Silver-Level Opportunities

Join the Barratt Society $10,000 and above
Help us meet the Mary & Greg Thompson Challenge

Donors who make a three-year pledge of $10,000 or more per year for three years (total of $30,000 or more) are recognized as Barratt Society patrons. Barratt Society donations support the sustainability of The Bascom by offering a renewable stream of donation revenue. Barratt Society patrons are recognized as the most generous members of our Director’s Circle and are invited to attend a special event annually to honor their philanthropic leadership.

Mary and Greg Thompson Challenge 
Thanks to a generous challenge gift from Mary and Greg Thompson, The Bascom will receive $75,000 annually once we confirm 10 inaugural members of the Barratt Society this year (2022). Your gift and pledge ensures that their vision and investment become a reality.

Honor or Memorialize a Friend or Family Member

Make a donation to The Bascom in Honor or memory of someone you love. Simply include that information with your donation when you make a donation online, call our offices, or mail in your check.

Take Advantage of Stock Appreciation

Transfer appreciated stock to The Bascom and receive two important benefits: you receive both a reduction for the market value of the stock as well as avoid paying capital gains on the stock. PLUS, you make an impact on the Highlands community by supporting The Bascom's programs. To transfer stock, contact Karin Peterson at 828-526-4949 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions on how to transfer stock.

Make Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from IRAs

Make required minimum distributions from IRAs and other retirement accounts as donation to The Bascom. By transferring your RMD from a retirement account directly to The Bascom, you can avoid increases to your taxable income.

Donate via Your Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

A donor-advised fund is a centralized charitable account that allows philanthropic individuals, families and businesses to make tax-deductible donations of cash or publicly traded stock to their favorite charitable organizations. 

If you are considering planned or estate giving, please contact Karin Peterson for more information on ways to support The Bascom with your estate plans.

The Bascom is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit institute. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Please consult your tax advisor for more information.