"The Musical Legacy Society is an extraordinary group of forward thinking individuals who care deeply about the future of the Seattle Symphony and those whose lives will be made richer from having a great orchestra in this great city."
Leave a lasting legacy of great music!
When you make a gift through your estate, either now or at the end of your life, you provide invaluable support to the Symphony. In addition, you or your heirs may receive various financial advantages, including significant tax benefits.
When you make a legacy commitment of any size, we also welcome you as a lifelong member of the Musical Legacy Society. As a member, you’ll receive the following benefits:
- Invitation to the Annual Luncheon and Recital
- Invitations to attend Open Rehearsals
- Special opportunities to meet Music Director Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony musicians
- Invitation to the Annual Meeting and reception
- Recognition (if desired) in the Annual Report and the Encore concert program, and inclusion on the Musical Legacy Society donor wall
How can I make a planned gift?
There are many ways to create a legacy gift for the Seattle Symphony.
Gifts for the future
Future gifts let you retain the assets you need during your lifetime and allow you to give generously in the future:
- Remember the Symphony in your will or living trust: See sample bequest language.
- Designate the Symphony as a beneficiary: Of your IRA, 401(k), bank or investment account, or other asset.
- Make a gift of life insurance: See Legacy Gift Planning – Life Insurance.
Gifts that provide tax benefits now and lifetime income
Create a charitable remainder trust: Your irrevocable trust will make payments to you or other beneficiaries for your lifetime or a specified term, after which the Symphony receives the remainder.
Gifts of property
Donate real estate: a vacation home, commercial property or undeveloped land, or use these to fund a charitable trust to benefit the Symphony. You may even donate your home and continue to live there for the rest of your lifetime.
Outright gift to the Annual Fund or Endowment
Make a gift of appreciated stock or other assets, which can minimize capital gains and/or income taxes for you. You can give to either:
- The Annual Fund for the Symphony’s ongoing operations
- The Endowment, where it will be held in perpetuity with earnings directed toward the Symphony’s artistic, education or community programs, or to the maintenance of Benaroya Hall.
- Any planned or outright gift may be made in honor or memory of a loved one.
Questions? If you have already made a gift to the Symphony through your estate, or would like more information about legacy gifts, please contact Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Becky Kowals at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.215.4852.
Please also discuss your individual situation and goals with a qualified estate attorney, tax attorney or other advisors.
Thank you for your support of the Seattle Symphony!
The Seattle Symphony is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 91-0667412.