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In your work as a professional advisor, you value professionalism, integrity and honesty, taking the utmost care when serving your clients. As a nonprofit organization, we share your values and take the same care when it comes to helping our donors plan charitable gifts to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Please use these tools as you help your clients with their charitable planning, and feel free to contact us for more information or assistance.

Federal Tax ID Information

The Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust was established in 2006 as a separate 501(c)(3) organization to manage the endowment for the BSO. Your clients may wish to direct gifts in perpetuity to the Trust, or direct gifts to the BSO for immediate use. Following is federal tax ID information for both organizations:

Legal name: Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust
Tax ID: 77-0659339
Address: 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Legal name: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Tax ID: 52-0629696
Address: 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Gift Illustrator

Provide your clients with a free, no-obligation illustration of potential gifts to the BSO with our Gift Illustrator tool. Instantly calculate deductions, tax savings and other benefits for multiple gift types.

Bequest Language

Following is sample bequest language to discuss with clients who are interested in supporting the BSO with a gift through their wills or trusts:

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust, a nonprofit corporation of the State of Maryland, located at 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore MD 21201, [_____ % of OR the sum of $_____ from] the residue of my estate."

Please contact us regarding language modifications appropriate to your client's particular situation.

Partner With Us

We understand that gifts to charities such as the BSO can be an important part of your clients' overall financial and estate plans. That's why we are committed to working with you to ensure that your clients find the charitable arrangements that best meet their needs and philanthropic goals. We believe that charitable planning is a process that ideally involves the donor, professional advisors and our gift planning staff — all working together to arrange the best gift possible. For more information, please contact:

Office of Philanthropic Giving
Director of Philanthropic Planning
410-783-8087
giftplanning@bsomusic.org

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I give, devise and bequeath to the Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust, a nonprofit corporation of the State of Maryland, located at 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, [_____ % of OR the sum of $_____ from] the residue of my estate.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the BSO or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the BSO as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the BSO as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the BSO where you agree to make a gift to the BSO and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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