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Types of Planned Gifts

Types of Planned Gifts

Bequests

One of the easiest ways to make a planned gift is through a bequest in your will or trust specifying a gift to Opera Philadelphia, which can be for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a certain piece of property.*

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Beneficiary Designation: Retirement Plan and Life Insurance Policy

You may make a significant planned gift with minimal legal paperwork by making Opera Philadelphia the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or a retirement account—IRA, 401(k), 403(b)—often by completing a one-page form available from your account provider. Retirement plans are among the most highly taxed assets one can hold. By naming Opera Philadelphia as the beneficiary of your retirement plan, the funds remaining upon your death are not taxed and your loved ones have no hidden income tax liability. Similarly, 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.* 

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A charitable remainder trust allows you to make a gift to Opera Philadelphia while continuing to receive the interest and earnings on your investment during your lifetime and receiving a substantial charitable income tax deduction. You can choose either a fixed income or a set percentage of the value of the trust, which is set annually. A charitable remainder trust may allow you to avoid capital gains tax on your donated assets and you will receive a tax deduction for a portion of your gift. The trust will provide you income for life while contributing to the Opera in the future; when the trust is terminated, the remainder will pass to Opera Philadelphia.*

Life Reserved Agreement of Real Estate

This legal arrangement gives your home to Opera Philadelphia now, and allows you to continue living in it while providing you with substantial tax savings. You deed your home to Opera Philadelphia. The deed will include a provision that gives you the right to use your home for the rest of your life, while you continue to provide for the maintenance, insurance and taxes on the property.*

Charitable Gift Annuity

In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash or securities to Opera Philadelphia, you will receive a guaranteed fixed income for life. Charitable gift annuities are particularly popular for those who want to support the future of opera, while receiving fixed income for life, as well as significant tax benefits*. 

Charitable Lead Trusts

A charitable lead trust is the opposite of a charitable remainder trust. It gives Opera Philadelphia income for a set number of years but retains the principal for you or your estate. A charitable lead trust is especially helpful to you if you have a large estate and are concerned about federal gift and estate taxes. Removed from your estate, assets placed in a lead trust can be passed to loved ones exempt of these taxes.*

 

For information about making a planned gift, including information about membership in the Encore Society, contact Mark Nestlehutt, Director of Planned Giving, at 215.893.5905 or nestlehutt@operaphila.org.

 

BNY Mellon

Opera Philadelphia thanks BNY Mellon for its support of The Encore Society.

Enroll
Complete our enrollment form if you're already a member. Contact Mark Nestlehutt, Director of Planned Giving, at 215.893.5905 or nestlehutt@operaphila.org for more information or to join today.

* 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.

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