Giving as a private benefactor

The Mauritshuis has a long history of private patronage that stretches back to Stadholder Prince William V. It was his son, King William I, who handed the stadholder’s art collections over to the Dutch state in 1816. The stadholder’s paintings form the core of the Mauritshuis’s present-day collection. Since then, private collectors have continued to play an important role at the museum. Without the support of its benefactors, the Mauritshuis as we know it today would not exist.

The support of our benefactors remains as vital today as it has been throughout our history. It goes without saying that the Mauritshuis offers its benefactors the appreciation that is due. We will keep you up to date with all the latest news and the progress of the extension project. In 2014, all benefactors will be invited to attend the Mauritshuis’s exclusive opening, as well as other official receptions.

There are various ways in which you can support the Mauritshuis as a private benefactor, depending on the country you live in. Opportunities for residents of The Netherlands are:

Single Donation
A single donation to the Mauritshuis is tax-deductible. The amount that can be deducted is dependent on an individual’s annual taxable income. If more than 1% (the threshold level) of an individual’s income is given to good causes, the donation is tax-deductible above 1%. This is true up to a maximum of 10% of the income. This applies to income tax boxes I, II and III combined, with no consideration for any amount that is deemed an individual’s personal allowance. Given that not all income is taxed at the same tax rate, the tax benefit is dependent on total income. The income of a tax partner will also influence the final gift deduction. Several gifts in one tax year to various establishments that enjoy charitable status (ANBI-status) can be added together.

Periodical Donation
A benefactor can choose to support the Mauritshuis for a longer period by means of a tax-efficient periodical gift, or annuity gift. With this type of donation, the benefactor pledges to support the museum on an annual basis, for a minimum period of five years. In order to take full advantage of the tax benefits being offered by the government, the gift has to be set down in a notarial deed. This means that the donated sum, with no maximum, will be fully deductible. Depending on the total sum of your taxable income, the tax benefit can be as high as 52%.

Dutch tax law means that cultural establishments registered as having charitable status (ANBI) are exempt from paying inheritance tax and are not required to pay tax on any legacies received. This means that the entire amount of your donation goes to the Mauritshuis. The component of a bequest intended for a cultural establishment can consist of a sum of money, but also of personal effects or real estate, such as a painting or a house.

The Mauritshuis is recognised as an Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (Institution for General Benefit), or ANBI for short. This means that as an individual, you have various options when it comes to making your donation to the Mauritshuis
tax-deductible. The museum has also been awarded the CBF (Central Bureau on Fundraising) seal of approval.


To find out more about the different types of gifts, please contact:

E.E.S. Gordenker
Director Mauritshuis
+31(070) 302 3421