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Friends, members and volunteers who include the Crocker Art Museum in their estate plans play a key role in our fiscal stability. Legacy gifts build the Museum’s endowment, a perpetual fund from which earned income provides essential financial support for all aspects of the Crocker. We recognize the commitment of these visionary donors by granting them membership in the Masterpiece Society.
The Masterpiece Society was created to honor legacy donors for their commitment to the Crocker Art Museum and the visual arts. Masterpiece Society members understand the critical importance of securing the Crocker’s future by providing gifts to support acquisitions, exhibitions, conservation, education and other public programs. Their support of the Crocker extends far into the future, even beyond a lifetime of membership, support and volunteer hours.
Legacy gifts from Masterpiece Society members through their wills, trusts or other estate plans ensure the continued vitality and growth of the Museum from one generation to the next. In becoming Masterpiece Society members, our supporters make an extraordinary, lasting gift to their loved ones and to our community.
We would be pleased to assist you at any time, and can provide free, no-obligation estate planning materials to supplement your personal professional advisers. Please contact the Development Office at (916) 808-7843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Lifetime Benefits
To thank members of the Masterpiece Society, we extend lifetime benefits that include:
– An annual event honoring Masterpiece Society members
– Invitations to private receptions, special events, and seminars
– A listing as a member of the Masterpiece Society on the Donor Wall in the Museum and in ArtLetter, the Museum’s member magazine (name listed with member’s permission).
To Become a Member
Becoming a member of the Masterpiece Society is simple. In fact, you have already qualified for membership if you have named the Crocker Art Museum in your will or trust, or have otherwise included us in your estate plans with a gift of at least $25,000. When you inform us of your gift, we respect your wishes for participation, whether you wish to be recognized or would prefer to remain anonymous. Any details of your gift are held in strictest confidence.
Please let us know your plans. We would like to thank you and express to you the importance of your gift to the future of the Crocker Art Museum.
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 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 Crocker Art Museum 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 Crocker Art Museum as a lump sum.