Ways to Donate

Supporting SDWS

Since being founded in 1965, SDWS 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 free programming that includes an acclaimed, annual International Exhibition, juried monthly member exhibitions, and art classes for military families, school children, and seniors.  In addition, SDWS recruits nationally renowned artists to teach beginning through advanced painting classes and provide painting demonstrations.


 SDWS Donations Are Tax-Deductible

SDWS's status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization  (Federal Tax ID 95-3153264) means that your donation can be deducted from your income  for state and federal income taxes. (Your tax advisor should be consulted.)


Donations of $25 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 you will receive a letter by mid-February that verify your tax deduction. 


Painting the Bell Jar by Mel Lacki

Painting the Bell Jar by Mel Lacki


Donor Benefits: Benefit categories are based on two criteria.

1.    During a calendar year:  An individual’s total monetary donations.

Donor ($25 - $249):  Letter of appreciation that can be used for a tax deduction. 

Friend of SDWS ($250 - $499):  The above benefit, plus recognition in the SDWS Gallery.

Patron of the Arts ($500 - $999):  The above benefit, plus a complimentary International Exhibition Catalog and recognition on the SDWS website.

Benefactor ($1,000 - $4,999):  Above benefits, plus a complimentary Western Federation Exhibition Catalog.

Distinguished Benefactor ($5,000 +):  The above benefit.  These benefits will be provided annually regardless of subsequent donations or lack of them.

Additionally, for a single contribution of $1,000 or more you will receive a 15% discount on the purchase of a painting.

 2.  Over the years:  An individual’s total monetary donations since SDWS established its database in 2000.  Total contributions will be tallied at the end of each calendar year.  Donors at the level of “Friend” and above will be offered recognition at the SDWS Gallery on the Golden Palette display.  This distinction means that over time, an individual may gradually contribute enough money to move from the “Donor” category to the “Distinguished Benefactor” category.

 Thank you for exploring ways to support SDWS!