Ways to Give

Every commitment in every size helps ensure that Philadelphians will have the opportunity to enjoy magnificent voices and tremendous operatic performances for years to come.

The most popular and simple giving plans at the Opera include:


Bequests are gifts made in a will, trust, or estate plan. The gift is most often made as a specific amount, a percentage, or a remainder amount, and can be as easy to establish as adding the following sentence to your Will:

“I devise and bequeath to Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, [dollar amount of gift, or the word ‘all’,  or a percentage of the estate] to be used for its general purposes.”

Retirement Plans

You can name Opera Philadelphia as the sole or partial beneficiary in your retirement plans such as IRAs, 401 (k) plans and 403 (b) plans. By naming the Opera as a beneficiary of your retirement plans, you may be able to avoid both income and estate tax, allowing you to leave your lower-taxed assets to your family. Your retirement plan administrators can provide you with the necessary information and forms to include Opera Philadelphia in your retirement plans.

Life Insurance Policies

By naming Opera Philadelphia as the sole or partial beneficiary of your fully-paid life insurance policy, you may be able to avoid the estate tax on the proceeds. This revocable gift is easy to arrange; simply contact your insurance company for a Change of Beneficiary form.

Charitable Remainder Unitrusts

When you create this trust (with cash, securities, or other appreciated property), you will receive fixed regular payments based on the value of the principal. The Charitable Remainder Unitrust may allow you to avoid the capital gains tax on your donated assets and you will receive a tax deduction for a portion of your gift. When the trust is terminated, the remainder will pass Opera Philadelphia - providing you with income for life while contributing to the Opera in the future.  

*Please consult your financial and/or legal advisors to determine which type of gift is best for you and for legal requirements regarding these gifts. 

For more information on these gifts, please contact Rachel McCausland, Manager, Leadership & Legacy Giving, at
(215) 893-5909 or mccausland@operaphila.org.