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the conservation and preservation of Mission San Xavier.
Please choose where you would like your gift to be directed today.

I want to donate to the Annual Fund

Gifts to Patronato’s Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible and provide essential general operating support*:

Your gift of any amount will help protect Mission San Xavier, one of the most culturally significant at-risk sites in the world by: Providing the public, special groups and students up to 2,000 complimentary Docent-led Tours annually. Arizona students and teachers benefit from (Read More »)

Docent-led Curriculum based School Tours such as:

  • 3rd Grade – Arizona Studies: Prehistoric to Present Day
  • 4th Grade – Regions and Cultures of the Americas: Precontact America to European Settlements
  • 5th Grade – United States Studies: American Revolution and Industrialism

Ensuring Patronato’s Interior Art Conservators are able to conduct regularly scheduled conservation maintenance on the Mission’s fragile and immersive 18th century mural paintings, wooden sculptures and works on canvas.

Supporting Patronato’s Conservation Apprentice Program prioritizing students from the Wa:k O’odham / Tohono O’odham Community. Apprentices partner with Patronato’s Conservation Teams receiving up to 3 years in hands-on training in the fields of Interior Art Conservation, Wood Conservation and traditional Adobe Restoration.

*Do you live locally or spend the season here? If so, you can also support the Annual Fund with a 100% tax deductible gift as a Friend of Patronato and access local experiences to enjoy while in Tucson.

I’d like my Annual Fund support to include access to local experiences to enjoy while in Tucson

Join or Renew as a Friend of Patronato

Friends of Patronato donations are 100% tax deductible and support our Annual Fund while offering access to special local experiences. Gift levels begin at $100 per Family, $75 per Couple and $50 per Individual and your status as a Friend of Patronato is active 12 months from the date of your gift.

Friends of Patronato are our Friends in Philanthropy

KEY CHANGES beginning in Patronato’s new fiscal year on July 1, 2021:

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I want to support the current Priority Project: The Iconic Façade

Conservation & Preservation Fund

Support of Patronato’s Conservation & Preservation Fund is vital, enabling the conservation team to perform in-depth research of the 18th Century Church building’s iconic façade, which will guide the preservation work to follow. (Read More»)

Façade Overview & Preservation Approach:

The portal around the Mission’s southern entry was constructed of molded burnt adobe covered in pigmented lime plaster. The estípites, or decorative columns, were made of molded brick around a wooden core. By the 1930s, all but two had fallen and been destroyed. Today, the façade still retains original finishes, however, much has been obscured.

During the 1950s restoration campaign, portions of the façade and sculpture were reconstructed, and the finishes were coated with pigmented cementitious plaster. Though intended to stay true to the original design, the 1950s restoration obscured some of the detail of the intricate relief and statuary.

The estípites are cast replicas of the last two originals remaining, removed in 1942, and are made of “cast stone.” The statue of St. Francis at the broken pediment had slowly deteriorated over the years—only the skirt remained following the 1950s work. It was encased in cement in the late 1970s. 

Phase I: Research Phase

Background research to compile existing documentation, including prior reports, correspondence related to the removal of the estípites, and creation of a photo appendix.

Perform a condition assessment of the coated surfaces and statuary, and commission an assessment by a structural engineer to evaluate the structural integrity of the estípites in their existing configuration and other structural concerns.

Address Lightning abatement issues.

Perform additional cleaning tests and materials analysis, building on earlier assessments begun in 2008.

Key questions:

  • What is the condition of original finishes beneath cement-based stucco?
  • Can the cement-based stucco be easily removed?
  • What structural risks are present that may need to be remedied?

Timeline: Much of research phase will take place in Fall 2021, with goal of having answers to the key questions above.

Phase II: Conservation 

Perform necessary conservation work per findings and recommendations developed during research phase.

Preservation Approach:

The preservation approach for the façade will be the same as the interior. Primary goals are to assess the current condition of the façade elements, identify areas of deterioration, determine if the previous treatments are reversible, stable, or harmful, and develop treatment recommendations accordingly. The ultimate goal is not necessarily to remove all unoriginal material, but to get the façade to a place where we know that it is stable, structurally sound, and not subject to accelerated deterioration or other risks.

Subsequent Priority Projects, as outlined in the new Conservation Management Plan include:

  • The Mortuary Chapel Cemetery Walls Project
  • Conserving all remaining sets of original doors
  • Environmental Monitoring Project
  • Redesign and re-purpose the Museum
  • Rehabilitation of the 19th century “Convento” wing

I want to ensure the future of Mission San Xavier

Endowment Fund

Conservation Maintenance will be ongoing, always. Even when all the major preservation projects are complete, Patronato’s Conservation Management Plan calls for ongoing conservation maintenance.

Your gift to this permanently restricted fund ensures that our Mission is properly cared for, forever.

I’d like to give in memory or honor of someone special

Make a Tribute Gift

Patronato offers Tribute Gifts to help commemorate and remember the most important people and moments in your life. Whether you are making a gift in celebration of a birthday, marriage, retirement or in memory of a loved one consider this special way of connecting with Patronato and our conservation of Mission San Xavier. An acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to the recipient of your choice without reference to the size of the donation.

Tribute gifts can be made to the Fund of your choice:

Donate by Mail

If you’d prefer to donate by check, please send it to:
Patronato San Xavier
PO Box 522
Tucson, AZ 85702

Donation of Securities

Instructions to make a donation of securities can be provided by contacting Kimberly Ely, Development Director, at 520.447.8940 or

Patronato’s EIN