For those looking to play an important role in securing Seattle Opera’s future artistic excellence, a planned or deferred gift is the ultimate way to help. Most planned and deferred gifts are applied to the Opera’s permanent endowment fund, the Seattle Opera Foundation, ensuring that your initial gift has an impact for many years into the future.
Planned gifts not only benefit Seattle Opera, but they can also greatly benefit you through tax savings. Depending on the option that you choose, you can receive cash payments that can supplement retirement income or provide support for family members and friends.
Planned giving options include:
A bequest is the easiest and most meaningful way to provide for Seattle Opera's future. A bequest is a gift made through your estate. It may be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of the estate, or a remainder after other distributions have been made.
In exchange for cash or assets the Opera agrees to pay a fixed sum of money to the donor for the duration of the donor's life, after which the remainder is left to Seattle Opera's Endowment.
Transfer your assets into a trust, which pays income to you (or other designated beneficiaries) until the trust terminates and the remaining principal is left to benefit Seattle Opera.
By establishing a planned gift with Seattle Opera, you become part of The Encore Society. The Encore Society is composed of donors who have provided for Seattle Opera in their will or other estate plans. Each season, Encore Society members convene for a special reception in recognition of their legacy and planned giving. Let us know that you have provided for Seattle Opera in your estate plans and we will invite you to this special reception.