Founded in 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. By retaining the highest musical standards and nurturing the world’s most promising musical talent, Curtis continues to make a significant contribution to the future of classical music. By including Curtis as a beneficiary under your will, trust, retirement account, donor advised fund or life insurance, you can receive the satisfaction of contributing to the school and future generations of Curtis students. With your planned gift to Curtis, you can create your “Legacy of Music” with one of most selective and respected schools in the United States.
Named in honor the school’s founder, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, the Founder’s Society recognizes individuals who have included Curtis in their wills, trusts, retirement plans or other estate-planning arrangements. When you include Curtis in your estate plan, Curtis will recognize you as a member of the Founder’s Society and keep you informed of performances and events during the school year. You can join the Founder’s Society by completing our non-legally binding Letter of Intent, or by contacting the Curtis Advancement Office.
Although a bequest is literally a gift specified in your will, today the term is widely used to include gifts from a variety of estate planning arrangements, including:
An example of a bequest to Curtis would be, “I give to the Curtis Institute of Music, now having its principal offices at 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [a percentage of the estate or specific dollar amount] to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction.” Although Curtis does not provide legal advice, we invite you to contact the Curtis Advancement Office for more information about bequests, endowments, and naming opportunities.
Life income gifts include a number of charitable giving arrangement that pay you, or someone you designate, regular income for life, or for a term of years, after which the remainder of the gift is paid to Curtis. As deferred gifts to Curtis, life-income arrangements help to build the school’s endowment. They can be used to endow student fellowships, scholarships, and faculty chairs.
With a charitable lead trust, a donor transfers property to a trust that pays income to Curtis for a number of years, or for the life of one or more individuals. The income can be the same amount each year (a charitable lead annuity trust) or a percentage of the trust’s value, determined once a year (a charitable lead unitrust). When the term of the trust is up, the trust’s assets are returned to the donor or paid to the donor’s family. A charitable lead trust may provide attractive gift and estate tax benefits for families with significant assets.
If you intend to bequeath your personal residence, or vacation residence, to Curtis, you can obtain the same result and receive a current income tax deduction by giving the property to Curtis, retaining the use of the property during your lifetime. Some restrictions apply, as do the school’s policies for accepting real estate gifts. Please contact the Curtis Advancement Office for more details.
Planned giving arrangements call for careful consideration and a thorough assessment of your financial situation. Curtis encourages you to consult with your attorney, tax advisor, or financial advisor about the application of planned gifts to your particular situation. Additional information about planned gifts can be obtained by contacting Charles Sterne III, director of principal gifts and planned giving, (215) 717-3126.