Use our secure page to make a gift online with your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card.
Types of Donations
There are many types of donations and ways to make a gift to the Westport Arts Center – cash, stock, bequests and matching gifts. We’ve made it easy for you to help in ways that work for you.
A cash gift entitles you to a charitable deduction against income. To make an outright gift, you may donate online or send a check payable to:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
By giving a gift of appreciated securities such as stock or mutual funds to the Westport Arts Center, you can benefit in two ways:
- Income taxes are reduced because of the charitable donation
- The capital gains tax that would have applied had you sold the shares yourself is avoided
Corporate Matching Gifts
You may double or even triple the size of your gift if you are affiliated with a company that matches employee gifts to the Westport Arts Center.
Check with your company’s personnel office for more information and to obtain the appropriate forms. You’ll then return the completed form with your gift to:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
You will receive credit for the entire amount of your personal gift, plus the match.
By making a tribute gift to the Westport Arts Center in honor/memory of someone special, you are not only honoring those who deserve recognition, you are playing a vital role in helping the Westport Arts Center continue to offer the highest quality contemporary art exhibitions, outstanding chamber and jazz concerts and innovative art education for children, teens and adults.
Making a planned gift to the Westport Arts Center gives you the ability to leave a lasting legacy to support the future of an organization you have loved and supported during your lifetime.
Here’s how it can benefit you:
- Better tax planning
- Important economic advantages to you and your family
- The ability to make a much larger gift that you ever thought possible
One of the easiest ways to make a significant future gift to the Westport Arts Center is to designate the Arts Center as the recipient of all or part of the proceeds of a life insurance policy that is no longer needed for family protection. Donating a paid-up policy during your lifetime can result in a charitable deduction for an amount approximately equal to your policy’s cash surrender value.
Another way of making a special gift over a period of time is to purchase a new life insurance policy in which you name the Westport Arts Center as owner and beneficiary or co-beneficiary. Such arrangements may result in a contribution that is much larger than its cost.
Westport Arts Center in Your Will
If you wish to make a gift, but are concerned about preserving your current income, you can remember the Westport Arts Center in your will by making a bequest.
Here’s how it works:
- You can make a bequest of cash, securities, real estate, or personal property such as art or jewelry.
- You may designate your gift as “unrestricted” so that it can be used to meet the areas of greatest need or you can consider directing it to a specific program such as visual arts, performing arts or education.
- A bequest can reduce the taxes that would be levied against your estate in the same way that contributions during your lifetime entitle you to charitable income donations.
Sample bequest language:
The following is a sample of bequest language:
“All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, whether real or personal property, whether now by me or hereafter acquired, and wherever located, I give, devise and bequeath to the Westport Arts Center of Westport, Connecticut, a nonprofit corporation existing under the laws of the State of Connecticut, for its general objectives and purposes.”
“I give, devise and bequeath to the Westport Arts Center of Westport, Connecticut, a nonprofit corporation existing under the laws of the State of Connecticut, ____ percent of my residuary estate to be used for its general objectives and purposes.”
“I give, devise and bequeath to the Westport Arts Center of Westport, Connecticut, a nonprofit corporation existing under the laws of the State of Connecticut, the sum of $______________ to be used for its general objectives and purposes.”
Retirement-plan benefits include assets remaining in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and assets held in accounts such as 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, and Keogh plans.
Significant tax savings could result from making annual gifts using funds withdrawn from retirement accounts, eliminating income tax that would be realized otherwise. Also, naming the Westport Arts Center as the beneficiary to your retirement plan may save your family from paying income tax on those same retirement funds.
Join the Legacy Society
The Legacy Society bestows recognition to those contributors who choose to include the Westport Arts Center in their estate planning. These individuals are recognized for their philanthropic caring with lifetime membership in the Legacy Society. Through their estate gifts, they underscore a commitment to preserving the area’s rich cultural heritage and tradition of supporting and celebrating the arts.
Should you choose to include the Westport Arts Center in your will or other estate plans, we would be honored to know of your intentions and have you as a member of our Legacy Society.
You are eligible to become a lifetime member of the Legacy Society by naming the Westport Arts Center as a beneficiary of:
- A bequest in your will
- A trust arrangement
- An insurance policy
- A gift of personal property
Benefits of membership include:
- Recognition on the Legacy Society plaque in the gallery of the Westport Arts Center
- Estate planning newsletters and seminars
In recognition of your commitment, your name will be included in published listings of the Legacy Society or you may choose to remain anonymous.
Legacy Society Members
Joyce & David Thompson
William J. Rosenbloom
When you become a sponsor and support a specific program, your generosity enables us to develop and produce cutting-edge exhibitions; present inspiring, educational programs and host high-caliber entertaining jazz and chamber music concerts.