EIN 74-6045327

Menil Foundation

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The Menil Foundation supports the Menil Collection, an art museum that believes art is essential to human experience. The museum welcomes all visitors free of charge to its art buildings, programs and green spaces. The foundation regularly rotates displays of its permanent collection and organizes loan exhibitions in the main museum building and in the Menil Drawing Institute. Additionally, it cares for more than 17,000 works of art spanning prehistoric to present day from four primary areas of focus.
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Program areas at Menil Foundation

See Schedule OExhibitions, art displays, and neighborhood enhancement: The Menil Collection regularly rotates displays of its permanent collection and organizes loan exhibitions, primarily in the main museum building and in the Menil Drawing Institute. The Menil's thirty-acre campus includes three other art buildings - Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel along with bungalows serving as staff offices, and a bookstore. The Menil Foundation rents out a number of properties in the neighborhood, including some to other non-profits at discounted rates, and maintains a significant amount of green space, which contributes to the unique vitality of the Menil neighborhood. Additionally the Foundation maintains the historic Menil House, the former residence of the museum's founders, which is located in a nearby neighborhood, and serves as the site for museum functions.
Education and public programs - Each year the Menil presents a variety of free educational programs and events, including artist and curator lectures, panel discussions and book readings, musical performances, and film screenings. Since 1989, the Menil and the non-profit Writers in the Schools have collaborated to offer an experiential arts education program that introduces young students to fine arts and creative writing.
Curatorial and collections - The Menil cares for more than 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection spanning the prehistoric to the present day. The museum's holdings comprise four primary areas of focus: artifacts and objects from the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East; medieval and Byzantine art, objects, and icon paintings; the arts of Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas and the American Pacific Northwest; and modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings and works on paper, photography, and installations, with concentrations in Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism.
Membership - The Menil Collection offers three categories of membership, each with a unique focus and benefits. In addition to general memberships, the museum's Menil Contemporaries program is a membership group for emerging patrons, collectors, and art enthusiasts who share a common passion for the Menil Collection. The Menil Society is a group of committed patrons who enjoy a strong relationship with the Menil. Members are dedicated to fostering deeper engagement with the museum, its mission, and its world-renowned collection by generously supporting exhibitions, programming, and the museum's annual fund.

Grants made by Menil Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Writers in the Schools (WITS)Support of Educational Activities$50,000

Who funds Menil Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Brown FoundationOperating Support$800,000
Greater Houston Community FoundationArts$618,740
Houston Arts AllianceGeneral Support$604,815
...and 55 more grants received totalling $4,441,189

Personnel at Menil Foundation

Ileana del ToroChief Financial Officer$181,877
Tony RubioChief Preparator
Judith WatersDirector of Development$162,997
Judy WatersDirector of Advancement
Madeline KellyDirector of Individual Giving
...and 29 more key personnel

Financials for Menil Foundation

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$8,838,764
Program services$1,942,414
Investment income and dividends$10,696,860
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$17,296,937
Net income from fundraising events$-102,440
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$30,998
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$38,703,533

Form 990s for Menil Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-062023-03-24990View PDF
2021-062022-07-11990View PDF
2020-062021-06-15990View PDF
2019-062020-08-13990View PDF
2018-062019-07-05990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s
Data update history
October 26, 2023
Received grants
Identified 6 new grant, including a grant for $10,000 from Vivian L Smith Foundation
August 19, 2023
Received grants
Identified 30 new grant, including a grant for $800,000 from The Brown Foundation
July 8, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 6 new vendors, including , , , , , and
June 15, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 13, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 7 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanities
MembershipsFundraising eventsOperates internationallyState / local levelEndowed supportTax deductible donations
General information
1519 Branard St
Houston, TX 77006
Metro area
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
Harris County, TX
Website URL
(713) 525-9400
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A51: Art Museums
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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