Planned gifts ensure that future generations of your family and community have Wolf Trap to enrich their lives.

Members of the Catherine Filene Shouse Legacy Circle are forward-thinking individuals who support Wolf Trap Foundation through their estate or other planned gift. They honor the vision of Wolf Trap’s founder, for whom the Circle is named.

There are many ways to support Wolf Trap Foundation’s arts and education programs, while receiving tax benefits for yourself, your family, and your heirs. 

Ways of giving

  • Bequests by will or trust. A simple way to make a big difference.
  • Gifts of retirement fund assets. May help you save other, less heavily-taxed assets for distribution to friends or family.
  • Gifts of appreciated stock. An alternative to cash that 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. 
  • Charitable gift annuities. An income-producing option. In exchange for a gift (transfer of cash, marketable securities, or, in some cases, real estate), Wolf Trap Foundation contractually guarantees to pay you and/or another beneficiary a fixed income for life.
  • Charitable remainder trusts. An income-producing option. The amount distributed at termination (the “remainder”) is paid to a charitable beneficiary. 
  • Gifts of other appreciated property. An alternative to cash. In certain instances, a gift of tangible personal property or real estate might offer attractive tax benefits.

Recognition for your gift

Unless you prefer to remain anonymous, Wolf Trap Foundation will honor you through prominent acknowledgement in publications such as its annual report, on recognition plaques, and during a special annual Legacy Circle celebration event.

Please let us know if you have already made a gift

If you have already included Wolf Trap Foundation in your will or other estate plans, please let us know. We would like to welcome you into the Catherine Filene Shouse Legacy Circle.

For more information
Annie Coppola, Director, Planned Giving