Join & Support


The Morikami receives funding from a variety of sources, most notably from our generous members.  Another important revenue category is Grants.

Our formal accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 2003 qualified us for more significant State and Federal grants as well as enhancing our reputation with private foundations. Some of our current grant programs are:


Federal Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities
In 2010, the NEH issued a Challenge Grant to the Morikami in recognition of its outstanding and comprehensive humanities programming and adherence to NEH’s exacting standards.  The Challenge Grant provided a 3:1 match to dollars that the Morikami raised during the funding period for the purposes of establishing a Humanities Endowment for the Morikami.  Each year, earnings from this endowment offset the costs associated with select
educational programming.

Local Government Grants

Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council
In recognition of the Morikami’s continued success in attracting visitors to the area and general programming excellence, Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council has generously awarded the Morikami funding to offset marketing and programming costs each year since 1986.

Private Foundation Grants

Astellas USA Foundation
In 2006-07 the Morikami conducted a research study with Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services culminating in the establishment of the Stroll for Well-being program. Click here to read more about this study.)  In 2011, the Astellas USA Foundation awarded a grant to extend the program to the participants of non-profit health, wellness, and counseling programs who are likely to benefit from reflective walks, but financially unable to afford this service. FAU professors have trained and will oversee a team of facilitators who will guide participants on their walks over an eight-week period and gather outcome data. The 300 participants to be served during the funding period will receive a one-year membership to the Morikami. Read more.

E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
In 2012, the Carpenter Foundation granted support for the exhibition
Entertaining The Gods and Man: Japanese Dolls and the Theatre, which ran from October 2, 2012 – January 27, 2013 (17 weeks). Funding was used to offset the costs of producing a full-color, 128-page catalog written by guest curator Alan Scott Pate and the safe transport of the dolls from collectors and other museums.

Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation
Since 1994, the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation has generously supported the Morikami, most recently with a grant to offset costs of exhibitions during 2013.