Support Mingei / Founder’s Circle

The Museum’s Founder’s Circle donor group was created in 2008 in recognition of the Museum’s 30th Anniversary year and provides essential support for current and future needs of the Museum. Members of this select and intimate group of friends generously donate $10,000 annually ($9,297 may be considered tax-deductible). A portion ($1,250) is used for participation in the Museum’s Director’s Circle, our highest level of membership. The balance is allocated to three important areas:

  • Acquisitions: $3,750 for acquiring, managing and preserving timeless art objects for the Museum’s permanent collection (60% – purchasing, 40% management/preservation)
  • Operations: $2,500 to support current administrative and operational needs
  • Endowment: $2,500 for deposit in a permanent fund to help secure the Museum’s future
  • Membership: $1,250 for participation in the Museum’s Director’s Circle, our highest level of membership

Founder’s Circle Membership Benefits:

  • Host your own private event at the Nakashima Table in the Founder’s Gallery
  • An opportunity for you and three guests to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s Permanent Collection
  • Invitation to the Collectors’ Tête-à-Tête, an intimate annual gathering
  • Exclusive advance opportunity to sign-up for popular and sought-after excursions
  • Invitation for you and guests to join us at our annual donor appreciation reception at a private home
  • Membership in the Director’s Circle, the Museum’s premier membership level
  • Free Museum admission to Mingei International for four adults on every visit
  • 10% discount on purchases in the Museum Store and Café Mingei
  • Free admission, museum store and lecture discounts at over 890 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum program (complete list at
  • All Museum publications produced during your membership year
  • Invitation to an exclusive complimentary annual dinner hosted by the Museum Director
  • Invitations to First Mondays at Mingei, behind-the-scenes gatherings with the Museum Director and guest speakers
  • Two Friends/Family gift memberships
  • Recognition on Donor Wall in the Museum foyer and Museum publications released during your membership year

To join or for more information contact Caroline Nordquist at or (619) 704-7493

Current Founder’s Circle Members:

Dedicated to Building the Museum’s Collection
Carol and Martin Dickinson, Chairs
Marcy Carsey and Susan Baerwald
Myron Eichen Memorial Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Audrey Geisel, the Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Ingrid B. Hibben and Victor La Magna
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Maureen and Charles King
Courtenay C. McGowen
Audrey S. Ratner
Pat and John Seiber
Rob Sidner
Brinley Thomas
Hope Turney
Jo and Howard Weiner
Richard Woltman