Legacy GivingPlanned and Deferred Gifts
It took one dynamic visionary to create Wolf Trap—it takes thousands of believers to carry it forward.
Thank you for considering the Wolf Trap Foundation in your estate plan. With a gift through your estate, you will join other forward-thinking individuals in the tradition of Wolf Trap’s founder, Catherine Filene Shouse, by providing lasting support and world-class programs for future generations. Through your gift, you will play a role in guaranteeing the Wolf Trap Experience for millions of people in the years to come—the children, performers, teachers, music and dance lovers of tomorrow.
Ways of Giving
There are numerous ways of giving lasting support to Wolf Trap, many of which provide benefits to you—including possible income, estate, and/or capital gains tax benefits—while helping you realize the satisfaction of making a difference:
Bequests by will or trust can be a simple and creative way to make a thoughtful gift.
- Charitable gift annuities are an income-producing option. In exchange for a gift (transfer of cash, marketable securities or, in some cases, real estate) Wolf Trap contractually guarantees to pay you and/or another beneficiary a fixed income for life.
- Charitable remainder trusts are also income-producing plans. They are similar to other types of trust arrangements, except the amount distributed at its termination (the "remainder") is paid to a charitable beneficiary.
- Gifts of retirement fund assets can help you save other, less-heavily-taxed assets for distribution to your friends or family.
- Gifts of appreciated stock are an alternative to cash. Made through securities, they may offer attractive tax benefits. In many instances, the donor avoids capital gains tax and can deduct the entire current value of the gift as a charitable contribution.
- Gifts of other appreciated property are another alternative to cash. In certain instances, a gift of tangible personal property or real estate might offer attractive tax benefits to the donor.
Wolf Trap urges you to discuss your ideas for giving with your legal or financial advisors. Any information provided by Wolf Trap is not intended as tax, legal, or financial advice. For more information on how you can leave a lasting legacy to Wolf Trap, please contact Anne Coppola, Director, Planned Giving, at 703.255.1930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create Your Legacy at Wolf Trap
As a Member of the Catherine Filene Shouse Legacy Circle
In donating the land and resources for America's only National Park for the Performing Arts, Catherine Filene Shouse gave the country a national treasure. She was deeply committed to creating magnificent arts and education experiences for millions of individuals she would never know. You can build upon this tradition of generosity as a member of the Catherine Filene Shouse Legacy Circle—created by Wolf Trap to recognize those who have thoughtfully remembered the Wolf Trap Foundation through planned or deferred gifts.
Let Us Know
If you have already included Wolf Trap in your will or other estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you today for your commitment to Wolf Trap’s future and welcome you into the Catherine Filene Shouse Legacy Circle.
In Recognition of Your Gift
In appreciation for including the Wolf Trap Foundation in your estate plan, Wolf Trap is pleased to honor you through prominent acknowledgement in Wolf Trap publications and on recognition plaques (if desired), and during a special annual Legacy Circle Celebration event. Legacy Circle members also enjoy other special opportunities to learn more about the programs they support.