Define Your Legacy

Having a plan and writing it out means you can think about it when it's not stressful … I don't think you have to be wealthy to have a legacy plan. Any amount is going to be helpful down the road.” – Jana Fry

Opportunities for Impact
When you make a legacy commitment, you have the opportunity to define the legacy you want to leave. Opportunities to define the use and impact of your gift include:

Greatest Need. A legacy gift committed directly to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra provides maximum flexibility to the Symphony and a larger immediate impact upon its realization. Whether responding to the crisis of a pandemic, making bold investments in new programs, or sustaining annual operations that rely on unrestricted gifts, your gift enables the Symphony to deepen and extend all it does for Seattle and our world.

General Endowment. A gift committed to the Seattle Symphony Foundation builds our endowment for the long term — an essential source of annual support we can rely on, year after year. Your endowment gift provides the robust foundation the Symphony depends on to plan ahead, support critical programs and share the power of music with all.

Endowment Funds. Donors who want to endow particular programs and activities can commit to specific Seattle Symphony Foundation funds:

  • The Fund for Education and Community Engagement supports arts education programs that reach thousands of young people each year as well as transformative partnerships with neighbors and community groups.
  • The Benaroya Hall Endowment Fund maintains and enhances our irreplaceable home.
  • A custom fund that staff can work with you to define and create will enable you to secure in perpetuity whatever motivates you most.

Naming Opportunities. Whether you make your commitment to the Orchestra or to the Foundation, irrevocable gifts valued above certain amounts grant you naming opportunities —for orchestra positions, endowed funds, or other programs that staff can determine in partnership with you — so that your legacy can be shared with all.

Leave a Legacy That Resonates

No matter how you want to give or what you are able to commit, Seattle Symphony staff and professional advisors can assist you in choosing the right giving vehicle and maximizing your impact. Options for your legacy commitment include:

Making a gift for the future. By remembering the Symphony in your will or living trust, designating the Symphony as a beneficiary of your retirement account, investment account, or other asset, or making a gift of life insurance, you can retain the assets you need during your lifetime while making a generous future commitment.

Make a gift with current benefits and future impact. With an irrevocable charitable remainder trust, you or other beneficiaries will receive payments throughout your lifetime (or a specified term), after which the remainder would be given to the Symphony for future impact.

Make a gift of property. Whether your vacation home, commercial property, or undeveloped land — or even your current house, which you can continue to live in throughout your life — your property can support music, education and impact for years to come.

When you join The Rebecca & Jack Benaroya Legacy Circle, you become part of a community of leaders today — and leave a legacy that reverberates well beyond your lifetime.

To discuss your legacy gift and giving options please contact Senior Director of Individual Giving Rob Wiseman at or 206.215.4883.

Please also discuss your individual situation and goals with a qualified estate attorney, tax attorney or other advisors.

Thank you for your support of the Seattle Symphony!
Seattle Symphony Orchestra Tax ID# 91-0667412
Seattle Symphony Foundation Tax ID# 91-1351925

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