THANK YOU for considering a donation to the San Diego Watercolor Society.

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Since being founded in 1965, the San Diego Watercolor Society has grown to become one of the premier watermedia organizations in the nation. It enriches the arts in San Diego and throughout the world through programming that includes an acclaimed annual International Exhibition, juried monthly Member Exhibitions, and art classes for school children and seniors. In addition, SDWS recruits nationally renowned artists to teach beginning through advanced painting classes and provide painting demonstrations.


Donations Are Tax-Deductible

SDWS's status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization means that your donation can be deducted from your income for state and federal income taxes. (Your tax advisor should be consulted.)

Donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged within 30 days. At the end of the calendar year, all of your donations during the year will be tallied, and donations over $25 will receive a letter by mid-February to verify your tax deduction.


Printable Donation Cards

Current Donation Options

International Exhibition
If you select a Named Award, you will be contacted after your donation is made. Donations must be received by July 31, 2020 to be acknowledged in the exhibition catalog.

The following awards are for members in these groups only. Group awards must total $250 from all members' contributions. Please email to have your group award added to this list.

Please login or register to donate.


Donor Benefits

Benefit categories are based on two criteria.

1. Calendar Year:  An individual’s total donations during a calendar year.

2. Lifetime:  The total of an individual’s donations since the San Diego Watercolor Society established its database. Total contributions will be tallied at the end of each calendar year. Over time, an individual may eventually contribute enough to move from a lower category to a higher category. Donors with "lifetime" contributions of $500 and above will be recognized (with permission) at the San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery on the "Lifetime Giving" display and on the San Diego Watercolor Society website.

"Lifetime" Donation categories are as follows:

View Current San Diego Watercolor Society Donors

Planned Giving

Consider being part of the San Diego Watercolor Society Legacy for Art.  You will  help ensure that the San Diego Watercolor Society can continue to provide artistically inspiring programs and services to members and visitors of  the future, and you will always be honored and remembered  at the San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery.


Please designate the San Diego Watercolor Society as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement plan, annuity, or insurance policy.  Since SDWS is  a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID 95-3153264), such a gift would not be subject to federal estate tax.

If you wish to bequest part of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) account to SDWS, designate SDWS as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.  Your heirs will avoid paying estate and income taxes on the gift, as it can be  transferred directly from the IRA to SDWS.

Any bequest can be specified for either general use or for a specific SDWS purpose or program.

IRA Chartibale Rollover

At age 70½ people with Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are required to begin taking annual minimum distributions.  Usually, this is considered taxable income and could move a person into a higher tax bracket.

The good news is that on December 18, 2015, the president signed into law a bipartisan bill titled, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015.  This law allows owners of IRAs and Roth IRAs to make tax-free gifts directly from an IRA to any qualified charity, such as the San Diego Watercolor Society.  The gift does not need to be claimed as income and would not be taxable, but it would count towards your annual minimum required distribution.  

To make an IRA Charitable Rollover gift to SDWS

Any gift can be specified for either general use or for a specific purpose or program.

Please mail your check to:

SDWS Development
2825 Dewey Road, Studio 105
San Diego, CA 92106

Merchant Donations

You can help maintain the San Diego Watercolor Society's excellent programs and services by contributing money or materials to be used for exhibition awards, special events, or our watermedia classes for children and adults.

Supporting SDWS will bring you the recognition and appreciation of our members and the many visitors to the SDWS gallery and website.

Shop to Donate

You can support the San Diego Watercolor Society by shopping! A percentage of the money you spend at AmazonSmile and Ralph's Groceries will be donated to SDWS.


  1. Change the Amazon Bookmark on your webrowser to 
  2. After you log in, go to Change My Charity and type in "SDWS".
  3. Now, when you use your bookmark to shop at Amazon Smile you are donating to SDWS! 


  1. Pick up a card at a Ralph's Grocery Store
  2. Create an account at
  3. Link to SDWS account 81857

Please email questions and/or inquiries to our Development Director.