Gifts Options for Your Needs

Bequest from will or trust

You name San Francisco Opera as a beneficiary in your will or living trust, designating the gift of your choice (for example, cash, real estate, personal property, or securities). There are many types of bequests to choose from. See our sample bequest language here. You maintain control of your assets during your lifetime and possibly save on estate taxes.

Retirement plan gift

You name San Francisco Opera as a beneficiary of the remainder of your retirement plan assets. You avoid double taxation on those assets.

Life insurance gift

You designate San Francisco Opera as owner and beneficiary of an insurance policy. Your gift has little immediate cost and you receive an immediate income tax deduction and possibly future deductions.

Charitable gift annuity or San Francisco Opera pooled income fund gift

You transfer cash or another type of asset, such as shares of stock ($10,000 minimum), to a charitable gift annuity or pooled income fund. In exchange, you receive income for life and an immediate income tax deduction.

Charitable remainder trust

You create a trust ($250,000 minimum is recommended) that pays you fixed or variable income. You receive an immediate income tax deduction, income for life or a set period, and tax-advantaged investments. If you use appreciated property, like real estate or securities, to fund the trust, you will also reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes.

Charitable lead trust

You create a trust that pays income to San Francisco Opera for a term of years, and then the trust assets pass to your heirs. You reduce gift and estate tax on assets transferred to heirs and retain the assets in your family.


Simple, direct, and eligible for an immediate charitable income tax deduction.

Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds

If owned for more than one year and increased in value, a gift of securities allows you to avoid capital gains taxes while receiving an immediate charitable income tax deduction.

Real estate

Giving San Francisco Opera a personal residence, farm, vacation home, or commercial or rental property during your lifetime can provide you with an immediate tax deduction and the chance to avoid capital gains tax. There are also ways to donate residential property while staying in the home for life. Ask us for details.

Closely held securities or business interests

Give stocks and bonds not traded on public exchanges. Special rules apply; ask us for details.

Personal property

If you have a prized item related to San Francisco Opera’s purpose, such as a piano in fine condition, and give it to us during your lifetime, you may be able to deduct its fair market value from your taxes. Ask us for details.