Legacy & Bequest Gifts

Foundation Gifts

Financial support from private and family foundations is vital to addressing the needs of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s continued growth and development. We welcome and appreciate grants of various kinds – from general operating support to those designated to fund special programs. The festival is privileged to work with a variety of foundations that share our commitment to broadening audiences and increasing arts participation.

Planned & Deferred Gifts

Planned giving is a meaningful way to create a legacy at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival while advancing your financial and estate-planning objectives. No matter the size, your gift will help us fulfill our mission.

Your gift, or bequest, may include property, securities, or cash. It may be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of the estate, or a remainder after other distributions have been made. Bequests are distributed at an estate’s settlement, have no impact on your current assets, and are often fully deductible for estate tax purposes.

We deeply appreciate your considering the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in your financial, estate, and philanthropic plans. To learn more about planned giving options, please contact the festival office at (734) 994-5999. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

A2SF Legacy Circle

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Legacy Circle is a recognition society established to honor individuals and families whose endowment and estate gifts form a permanent legacy at the festival.

Becoming a member of the Legacy Circle is quite simple. In fact, if you have named the festival in your will or have otherwise included our organization in your estate plans, you are a member. If you have not yet notified us of your bequest, we ask you to inform us of your decision, so that we can thank you personally and add your name to this select roster. We also ask that you sign a Declaration of Intent. The Declaration of Intent is non-binding and creates no legal obligation to you or your estate.

Legacy Circle Intent Form

There is no minimum commitment required for membership in the Legacy Circle. Members of the Legacy Circle may remain anonymous; all information will be kept strictly confidential.

Endowment Funds

To realize our mission and vision, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is embarking on an endowment-building program to help ensure the long-term sustainability and continued impact of the festival. The campaign is called Forever Summer, and these funds will directly support Top of the Park activities in perpetuity. Our goal is to raise at least a half a million dollars to seed an endowment, forming the keystone to a reliable funding source to stimulate and sustain our innovative outdoor programs for generations to come.

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s second permanent endowment is a general fund managed by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. These funds will have an enduring impact on the festival’s ability to remain one of the area’s premier cultural events far into the future. For more information, please call (734) 994-5999.

The information provided here is intended only to provide an overview of gift options. Ann Arbor Summer Festival cannot render tax or legal advice. There are special rules, exceptions and limitations that govern the above areas. You should consult with your legal or financial advisors to see how the above techniques will affect your personal financial and tax situation.


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