Individual Giving

Your gifts play a vital part in keeping Cascade Symphony alive! All contributors will be listed in our programs unless anonymity is requested. Thank you for helping us continue our mission of providing inspiring performances of beautiful music!

Cascade Symphony is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Your contribution may be tax-deductible within IRS regulations. We hope you will support the Symphony and the arts in our community by mailing your contribution or by donating online using the button on the right side of this page. You can also set up automatic monthly donations.

Cascade Symphony
PO Box 876
Edmonds, WA 98020

If you would like to learn more, please call us at 425-776-4938 or email We deeply appreciate the support!

Matching Gifts

If you work for (or have retired from) a community-minded company, your donation can be multiplied through a matching gift that may also upgrade your donor level. Please ask your business or personnel office if your company participates in matching charitable contributions and obtain a Matching Gift form to send to us with your donation. View a list of companies that regularly match employee donations.

Planned Giving

The most rewarding part of Estate Planning is knowing that you can make a gift NOW which will go on giving long into the future.  Estate planning allows you to direct the disposition of your property in the way you choose, providing for loved ones, favorite charitable institutions, and causes that are important to you.

A planned gift to the Cascade Symphony Orchestra offers many potential benefits. You may:

  • Leave a lasting and important legacy for the next generation of Cascade Symphony audiences;
  • Provide additional present-day income at attractive rates for you and your family;
  • Receive an immediate income tax deduction; and/or
  • Reduce your income, estate and capital gains taxes.

There are many ways to give to the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. Planned giving donations to Cascade Symphony Orchestra are designated for Cascade Symphony’s Sustaining Fund. Your gift will help ensure that the Cascade Symphony Orchestra has a sound financial future and will be able to continue making great music for years to come.

We encourage you to discuss your intentions with your attorney or financial advisor. We welcome the opportunity to help you develop a gift arrangement that meets your philanthropic and financial goals. Cascade Symphony will work with your advisors to help you explore the options and benefits in your gift planning process.

Please contact the Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s giving coordinator at to further discuss what planned giving opportunity may work best for you.

Ways to Give

  1. Outright Gifts: Cash, stock, bonds, real estate or other property. An outright gift of appreciated securities or stock to the Cascade Symphony will avoid the capital gains tax and allow you to receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift.
  2. Bequests: Gifts by will or living trust may be for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of the total estate, or the remainder of the estate after other commitments have been paid. Without a will, your assets will be distributed according to state law. However, with estate planning, you have the satisfaction of deciding exactly how and where to give.
  3. Retirement Plans: One of the simplest ways to provide for the Cascade Symphony is to name the Cascade Symphony Orchestra as a beneficiary of your retirement plan (IRAs or other pension plans). By naming the Cascade Symphony as the beneficiary of a retirement plan that could be highly-taxed, you can preserve other assets in your estate that carry lower tax liabilities for your heirs.
  4. Life Insurance: The best way to give life insurance is to purchase a new policy naming the Cascade Symphony Orchestra as owner and beneficiary. The premiums that you pay on the policy are tax deductible. You may also designate the Cascade Symphony as the owner and beneficiary of an existing policy and receive a tax deduction for either the replacement value or cash surrender value of the policy, as well as for any premiums that you continue to pay. You may also name the Cascade Symphony as the beneficiary of your policy without giving up ownership.
  5. Home (Retained Life Estate): give your primary residence, farm or vacation home, but continue to use them during your lifetime. By giving the property now, you can claim a tax deduction for part of the property’s value (based on your age and the value of the property) and continue to live in or use it just as before, and continue to be responsible for property taxes and maintenance. After your lifetime, the property comes directly to the Cascade Symphony, avoiding probate.
  6. Charitable Remainder Trusts: Transfer assets to a trust that will pay you (and/or other beneficiaries) income for life. At the end of the trust, the remaining trust assets are transferred to the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.
  7. Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust: This trust pays you a fixed dollar amount annually for life. These payment amounts are determined by the payout percentage selected at the beginning of the trust. You can claim a charitable deduction on your income tax for the present value of the amount donated in the year that you create trust, and may also avoid capital gains tax on long-term appreciated assets used to create the trust.
  8. Charitable Lead Trusts: This strategy allows you to pass assets on to your family with significant estate tax savings while making a gift to the Cascade Symphony. In a lead trust, income is paid to the Cascade Symphony Orchestra for a number of years. During the term of the trust, the Symphony receives the income earned from your gift. When the term of the trust is completed, the principal may be transferred to other beneficiaries (often children or grandchildren), with estate or gift taxes usually reduced or even eliminated.

Designated Gifts

Many people are happy to support the work of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra as a whole by giving an unrestricted gift to Cascade Symphony.  You may also designate a particular area for support, such as education, guest artists or a named chair.

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra is happy to work with you to identify the program which will fulfill your wishes for a lasting legacy. Some examples of designated gifts include:

  • Education: Supports the important work of the Cascade Symphony providing opportunities for music education from elementary school through college. This could include a scholarship named after you or in memory of a loved one
  • Music Library: Maintains this most important resource for the orchestra.
  • Guest Artists: Brings outstanding musical talents to perform with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

Please contact the Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s giving coordinator at to further discuss designated gifts.

Legacy Circle

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra Legacy Circle was established to thank and recognize those generous individuals who have made provisions for the Cascade Symphony in their estate plans.

We encourage Legacy Circle members to share their joy in the Cascade Symphony Orchestra with their families and friends. To enjoy the benefits of Legacy Circle membership, it is not necessary to disclose the amount of your planned gift; you may also prefer to remain anonymous in Legacy Circle member listings in the Cascade Symphony program. Inclusion of names in the Legacy Circle does not specify amount and an individual can join the Legacy Circle listing as anonymous.

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