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Have a stake in our future – support Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Your contributions support exhibits, educational programs, lectures and demonstrations, and specialized training and maintenance of our Japanese gardens. Help us fulfill our mission by making an investment in our work.

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Questions about supporting us?

  • If you are interested in making a donation or you need additional information please call (561) 233-1347.
  • For donations of art or artifacts please contact our Chief Curator, Tamara Joy, at (561) 233-1346.
  • For donations of garden elements please contact our Garden Curator, Heather Grzybek, at (561) 233-1343.
  • If you are interested in becoming a member contact the Membership Office at (561) 233-1315.

The Annual Fund at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens provides a vital source of unrestricted income to support every facet of museum activity, from our educational programs, onsite and at schools, to maintaining and expanding the museum’s collection, to presenting diverse and thought-provoking exhibitions and lecture programs of the highest quality. When you make a gift of any size you are providing invaluable support for promoting Japanese culture and for the conservation, protection and presentation of Japanese art. What your 100% tax-deductible dollars support:

  • Education: Our educational programs teach not only about the history, art and lifestyle of Japan, they also highlight the contributions and heritage of early immigrants to South Florida, and encourage children to seek similarities, as opposed to differences, in all foreign cultures.
  • Exhibitions: We are the only museum in the nation devoted specifically to the arts and humanities of Japan, we strive to present innovative exhibits that further understanding and appreciation of all aspects of Japanese art and culture.
  • Acquisitions: Morikami’s collections committee seeks additional funding to supplement our permanent collection of over 7,000 examples of Japanese fine art, crafts and objects of daily life.
  • Conservation: Specialists from around the nation help us conserve and repair our valued collection.  Your support of this crucial work will ensure our artifacts receive the care and attention they need.
  • Cultivation: Our specially designed Japanese gardens serve as the background for our colorful festivals attended by tens of thousands of visitors yearly, while also providing healing environments utilized by thousands including those in the wounded warrior program. While there are hundreds of Japanese Gardens in North America, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens ranks among the top.

Gifts in Honor / Memory

Celebrate a loved one with a gift to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. You can recognize a loved one while supporting the collections, exhibitions, and educational programs of Morikami. Your contribution will be acknowledged with a gift card informing the person being honored of your generosity and commitment, or if you wish to remember someone who appreciated Morikami during their lifetime with a memorial gift , your contribution will be acknowledged with a personal gift message to the family or friends you designate. For details, please contact Ginger Solano at 561-233-1315.

Naming Opportunities

Helping to support the gardens, developing more cultural programs, and improving the life of our community is made easy through our naming opportunities. You can honor a loved one by naming a space ( like the theater, main gallery or the lobby), a spot in the garden (such as our front entrance garden, a bridge, gate, lantern, or bench) or even an event, festival or performance. For details, please contact Alanna Keating at 561-233-1304.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts are an important part of Morikami’s development program. Over the years, bequests of all sizes have played an important role in the growth of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Without George Sukeji Morikami’s vision and the gift of land, Morikami and its wonderful contribution to our community would not exist. Another significant bequest came from George D. and Harriett W. Cornell, for whom our renowned gardens and café are named. You can also help ensure that future generations are able to experience Morikami through a planned gift. For details, please contact Sanders Lewallen at 561-233-1358.

Corporate Giving

Corporations have a long tradition of investing in their local community by supporting the arts. We recognize that economic changes have caused companies to seek multi-faceted partnerships that benefit the community and help market their products or services to a specific audience. Strategic philanthropy is at the heart of the Museum’s corporate partner program. We work closely with our sponsors to build partnerships that provide valuable benefits to the community and increase a company’s visibility with key constituents. Our visitors represent a range of diverse and passionate groups that participate in Morikami’s varied year-round events. Let us build a sponsorship package to meet your specific demographic focus, and we will enthusiastically carry your message to the audience that suits you best.

We work closely with our sponsors to build partnerships that provide valuable benefits to the community and increase a company’s visibility with key constituents.
Exposure opportunities:

  • Three public festivals (January, April and October) with a combined audience of 25,000 people.
  • Rotating and permanent exhibits with diverse and thought provoking themes, attracting some 165,000 visitors each year.
  • Lectures featuring world-renowned presenters, partially funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Concerts and special performances that feature artists from the U.S. and Japan.
  • Youth programs enriching the lives of 8,500 children each year (excluding festival attendance).


In return for providing critical annual support of our programs that serve diverse sections of the community, companies can enjoy many advantages including invitations to VIP events, use of the museum for corporate hospitality, discounts and, most importantly, visibility. For additional information or to discuss a customized campaign for your company, please contact: Bonnie LeMay at 561-233-1347.

We are proud to recognize some of our valued partners. Thank you to our past sponsors for allowing us to continue to grow!

  • American Express
  • Anne Namba Designs, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Bellsouth Corporation
  • Bloomingdales
  • Cartier
  • Clear Channel
  • Crown Wine and Spirits
  • Daimatsu Inc.
  • Delray Subaru
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Fidelty Federal
  • Fidelty Investments
  • Fox29 WFLX
  • Gordon Homes
  • H.J. Heinz
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Kool 105.5
  • Mahoney Homes, Inc
  • Metro PCS
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Palm Beach Post
  • Sanrio Inc.
  • Sanwa Trading
  • Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
  • Sogetsu Ikebana Florida Branch
  • Southern Wines and Spirits
  • Sunny 104.3
  • Suntory Inc.
  • The Sun Sentinel
  • Toshiba International Foundation
  • United Airlines
  • U.S. Trust
  • Wachovia Bank, N.A.
  • Weiner, Lynne & Thompson, P.A.
  • Wild 95.5
  • Williams Financial Services
  • WXEL
  • Yoshino Architects

Donate a Gift to the Collection

Thank you for your interest in donating items to the permanent collection of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.  Morikami collects art and artifacts related to Japanese and Japanese-American history and culture.

In order to consider your donation, please send a letter or e-mail to Tamara Joy  or call 561-233-1346 with as much of the following information that you can provide:

  • A photograph of the work, or digital image if you are contacting the museum by e-mail (include multiple views and details if possible)
  • The artist (if known)
  • The country of origin
  • The date produced
  • The medium and dimensions (height x width x depth)
  • The object’s history (where/from whom did you acquire it or any previous owners that are known)

Please note that:

  • Not all items considered for donation to the collection can be accepted.
  • Objects brought to the museum without making a prior appointment with the curatorial staff cannot be accepted by the admission staff and/or other personnel.
  • The museum staff cannot provide authentication or appraisals of artwork or artifacts. For appraisal questions, please visit the American Society of Appraisers website or call ASA at 800-272-8258.
  • In order to qualify for year-end tax deduction, gifts/donations must be received by December 15th of that year.

Interested in further expanding our collection?  Learn how Wisdom Ring Members help to enhance our Collection annually.

Donate to our Spring Appeal: Help Fund the Morikami Film Series and Japanese Film Festival

Dear Friends of Morikami,

We did it!  After a two-year fundraising campaign to help bring our aging theater into the 21st century, we are proud to announce the completion of the newly renovated Morikami Theater.

So if the project is done, why the appeal? We have a staff that can’t stop thinking of ways to now utilize this beautiful new theater space.  This is where we need your help!  We now need the funds to help support these programming ideas and want to bring the first ever Japanese Film Festival to South Florida. Along with the festival, Morikami wants to have a year-round film series bringing our community of members and visitors to places they’ve never seen. Films can do this!

We listened to requests from our growing and diverse membership base of over 8,000, as well as visitors from all 50 states and from around the world. We agreed that a new emphasis on film, bringing all aspects of life in Japan, and from the Japanese point of view especially, would be exciting for all, essentially whisking an audience off  to distant locations and other times, experiencing the impact and beauty of Japan’s people, culture and sights. And all right from our theater! As a cultural arts Museum, the Morikami wants to bring these experiences to you.


Let us ask you: Why do you go to the movies?  There are many reasons we venture out of our homes to see a film in a theater. Films are a combination of so many arts: sound design, cinematography, music, editing, storytelling, acting. You’re not just watching a story, you’re experiencing art!

We envisioned how young audiences could experience world-famous anime tales and how older audiences can enjoy many classic post-war Japanese films. We knew that a rich program consisting of great dramas, documentaries, comedies and other genres could be presented as a new and exciting offering to all who visit the Museum.

Our ultimate goal is to raise $100,000 by August 1, 2017, so we can kick off our series this Fall.  You can make this possible with your tax deductible donation to the Morikami programming fund.

Gifts of all levels will play an important role in underwriting this project. DONATE TODAY !

 For your consideration:

  • Morikami hat for a $150 donation
  • Personalized Plaques on theater seats can be named for a $500 donation
  • Crane Wall, your name or a loved one’s forever on our beautiful lobby donor wall for a $1,000 donation
  • Morikami Membership, become a Wisdom Ring Member and enjoy the benefits that come with our highest level membership for a $1,500 donation

There is much to do, and we are excited to work with all of you.  Thank you for your support of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, and for playing a pivotal role in supporting our new theater programming!