Donation Info

Donate to our Campus Renovation. We are “Completing the Masterpiece” that is William King Museum of Art.


There are several other ways to create a wonderful legacy for the William King Museum of Art through outright or planned gifts that may provide you with tax benefits.


Gifts may be made by cash, check, credit card, or online.  Pledges may be paid over a period of time up to four years.  If your employer sponsors a matching gift program, your gift to the museum could possibly be doubled.


William King Museum of Art accepts gifts of securities via electronic transfers and physical stock certificates. The donor receives a gift receipt detailing the gift value at the average of the high and low price of the securities on the date the transfer is completed. For appreciated securities, donors are credited with the appreciated value of the securities for taxes and gift recognition toward the William King Society.


Gifts in-kind include donations of property other than cash and marketable securities such as real estate, works of art, books, equipment, furnishings, automobiles, software, and licensing. Gifts in-kind that have a fair market value of more than $5,000 require the completion of IRS Form 8283 and a qualified appraisal.


Gifts may be made directly from your IRA or 401K retirement plan to the museum to reduce personal taxes. If you are 70½ or older, federal law requires you to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA or 401K retirement plan.  To avoid recognition of the RMD as taxable income, donors may have their RMD sent by direct deposit to the museum.


A bequest from your estate may include cash, securities, real estate, and/or personal property. It can be for a specific amount or for a percentage of your estate. If you plan to leave the William King Museum of Art a gift in your will, please let us know.  We will count this gift toward your William King Society membership regardless of when it is received.

For information on donating contact Laura Harris at or by calling (276) 628-5005 ext. 115.


The Nikki Conway Memorial Art Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Leslie Nicole “Nikki” Conway. Scholarships are awarded on an as-needed basis to K-12 students who would like to attend an art class or art camp but who might otherwise be unable to do so due to financial constraints.

Nikki Conway was a child of Abingdon and later the larger world, but she was always most at home behind a camera, before a canvas, or sitting with pen and pad in hand.

Her natural talents were evident early, and as a child they were developed and nurtured through art and photography classes she attended at William King Regional Arts Center (now William King Museum of Art).

After graduating from high school, Nikki was selected for an international study abroad program, an experience that both validated and broadened her interest in art. She received scholarships and attended Hollins University and the Savannah College of Art and Design, the latter among the most prestigious in the country. She later attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she focused more heavily on graphic design, marketing, and advertising.

Following her tragic death at age 29, friends and family felt the obvious and best remembrance of her – and the one that would have meant the most to Nikki herself – was a scholarship fund at the Museum she loved so much. A way to give other children what she found there: a place to learn, to explore, and to cultivate the artist within. If you knew Nikki, or even if you didn’t, please open the door to art for a child. They will thank you, so will Nikki, and so will we.

To donate to the Nikki Conway Memorial Art Scholarship Fund, please call the Director of Advancement at 276.628.5005 ext. 115. Alternatively, you can donate using the form above and specifying in the comment section that the donation is for the Nikki Conway Memorial Art Scholarship Fund. All donations are tax deductible.

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