Annual Fund

Children participate in a Matsuri Festival at the museum.
Children participate in a Matsuri Festival at the museum. Photo by Kevin Allen.

Donations to the Annual Fund are the quickest way to put your contribution to work for the museum. The Annual Fund provides critical support for all areas of museum operations, including exhibitions, scholarship, educational programs, and care of the collections.

Ways to Give

  1. Make a secure gift online. Online gifts must be processed by 5 p.m. on December 31 to count for the tax year.
  2. Send a check payable to the George Washington University to:

    Gift Processing
    Division of Development and Alumni Relations
    The George Washington University
    2033 K Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20052

    Please indicate your gift designation (The Textile Museum, Washingtoniana, or GW’s Fund for the Museum) on your check’s memo line. 


  3. Call 202-994-5242 to make a gift via credit card. To make your gift by phone on December 31, please call the main GW Development Office at 202-994-6415.

  4. Call 202-994-5242 for more information about how to make a gift of stock or securities.

For a list of recent donors, view The Textile Museum's 2014 Annual Report.

Collection Stories

Washington, D.C.

I am a pass that civilians in Washington used to leave Union-controlled Washington City during the Civil War.

Paracas, Peru

While I am over 2,200 years old, I am not the oldest textile in the museum’s collections. I accompanied my owner to the afterlife, with imagery evoking the spirit world.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

I embody the creative spirit of the Shoowa people in the Congo, who transformed raffia palm fiber into boldly patterned velvet cloths more than a hundred years ago.

Northwest Iran

I am a reception hall carpet created for the Safavid court in sixteenth-century Iran.

Guizhou Province, China

Handwoven from cotton and embroidered in silk, I am an indigo-dyed batik jacket made for a Gejia woman to wear with a hat, skirt, and leggings on a typical day.

Java, Indonesia

Created in 2003 by artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam, I unite past and present with a contemporary twist on traditional Indonesian batik design forms.

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Matching Gifts

Ask your employer if they match charitable donations to the arts or education.