Planned Gifts

Begin Your Giving Journey at the Kennedy Center

Qualified Charitable Distributions

If you are 70 1/2 and own a traditional IRA, you are eligible to make a tax-free gift. The Qualified Charitable Distribution is an excellent way to show your support for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra, or Washington National Opera and receive tax benefits in return.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Many people are wondering, for charitable gifts, what do I do in the face of the changes that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes to individual and business income tax, as well as the estate tax?Learn about the strategies for giving under new tax laws.

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Join the Legacy Societies

Patrons who express their support for the future of the performing arts in their estate plans through bequests, charitable gift annuities, retirement plans, or other deferred gifts to the Kennedy Center, NSO, or WNO are invited to be a member of one of our Legacy Societies.

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Support Through Planned Giving

Do you remember your first experience at the Kennedy Center? Maybe an NSO concert in the Concert Hall or WNO performance in the Opera House, perhaps watching the annual Kennedy Center Honors, or taking advantage of one of the thousands of free events at the Center and in the community. Think about that first experience—and all of the experiences you have had since. Would you like to help ensure that others have the opportunity to experience the power of the performing arts too?

Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support for the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, or Washington National Opera, while achieving your own philanthropic, estate-planning, and financial goals. Planned gifts can benefit you and your loved ones today and in the future, and allow the Center to present the world’s most renowned artists, engage students and learners of all ages through arts education, create groundbreaking new works, and celebrate President Kennedy’s proud arts legacy.

Contact us today to join our newsletter mailing list or to discuss your goals and needs.

 

Meet Our Donors

A black and white photo of Cathy and Mike Mayton at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

“This is family for us.”

Cathy and Mike Mayton, Trustees of the Stella Boyle Smith Trust 

Meet our generous donors and learn how The Kennedy Center has impacted their lives.

 

 

How You Can Help

Make a Gift in Your Will

Make us part of your family. A gift through your will or estate is the easiest gift you can make today and costs nothing in your lifetime.

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Let Us Know Your Plans

If you have included a gift for the Kennedy Center, NSO, or WNO in your estate plans, don’t keep it a secret – let us know! We want to thank you and invite you to join one of our Legacy Societies.

Learn How to Join a Society

Begin Your Arts Legacy

Support our nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President Kennedy by beginning your arts legacy today. Explore your options to make a gift that benefits you, your loved ones, and the Kennedy Center, NSO, or WNO.

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