Meet the Donors

Keys to Success
Robert Fred Kern

Dr. Robert Fred Kern has included a gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in his estate. He says it's important to support the arts for future generations of music lovers. More

Believing in the Symphony's Future
Norma and Don Stone

Over the years the Norma and Don Stone New Music Fund has supported the commissioning of approximately 20 orchestral works that were premiered by the DSO, and will continue to support new music for years to come. More

A Passion For Music
Martha Wells

Martha Wells is a lifelong music lover. She attended Dallas Symphony Orchestra youth concerts as an elementary student and had her own Dallas Symphony season subscription by the time she was in junior high. Since then, Martha has only increased her engagement with the DSO. More

Music: It Is What Connects Us
Katherine Freiberger

By including the DSO in her estate plan, Katherine Freiberger is helping keep symphonic music and an extraordinary orchestra alive after her lifetime. More

Continuing the Legacy
The Titus Family

Sisters Amy and Sarah Titus grew up in Dallas with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as an everpresent backdrop. The Tituses have been part of the DSO family for many years and "continuing that tradition into the second generation is something we are honored to be able to do," says Sarah Titus, DSO board member. More

A Family Affair
Nick Alexander Brounoff

Welcome New Legacy Member: Nick Alexander Brounoff
Honoring his father and preserving the arts are the two key reasons Nick Alexander Brounoff included a planned gift to the Dallas Symphony in his will. More

Music Brings Us Together
Alice and Richard Stevenson

Welcome New Legacy Members: Alice and Richard Stevenson
Music often has a powerful and sometimes magical way of bringing people together. Alice and Richard Stevenson initially followed somewhat different musical journeys—but it was their passion for music and love of the Dallas Symphony that brought them together. More

Celebrating The Journey
Lee Gibson

Welcome New Legacy Member: Lee Gibson
Introduced to the Dallas Symphony while in 9th grade, Lee Gibson made a gift to support the future of the DSO. More

Celebrating a Choral Legacy
Joshua Habermann and Dr. Jean D. Wilson

The 2017/18 season marks the 40th anniversary of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. It also marks Joshua Habermann's seventh year as Chorus Director. He holds the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair, which was established in 2015. More

Play Your Part
Steve and Cindy Aughinbaugh

Cindy and Steve Aughinbaugh are ensuring a future for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with a gift for its future. More

Making a Difference
JeRae Dublin

Think music education doesn't make a difference to young people? Meet JeRae Dublin and see how the Dallas Symphony Orchestra played an instrumental role in her life.   More

A Gift That Never Ends ...
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Have you ever thrown a rock into the water? The ripple effects of the waves that it generates seem to be never-ending. Now imagine a gift that you make to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra having this same effect.  More

A Win-Win Gift Option: Charitable Remainder Trust
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"Our goal was finally achieved as we benefited the Dallas Symphony the way we had dreamed," says Barbara Sypult. Barbara and Bob Sypult have been loyal patrons of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for more than 43 years. But it was just recently that they had an "a-ha!" moment. Learn how she did it.  More

Two Decades of Symphony Service
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"I understand that not everyone is a classical music fan," says Roberta Corbett. "But the DSO offers a huge variety of music, and the Meyerson truly is perhaps the best venue in the United States."  More

Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Family Endowed Chair
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Two combined passions, one for classical music and one for Dallas, lead to a generous gift to the Dallas Symphony Foundation in memory of the late Robert E. Titus. Following Bob's passing, it was important to Jean Ann and her two daughters, Amy and Sarah, to create a lasting memorial in keeping with Bob's philosophy of giving.  More

Eugene McDermott Foundation Gives Cello to the DSO
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The Eugene McDermott Foundation made a generous gift to enable the DSO to purchase a cello to be played by Principal Cello, Christopher Adkins. The instrument was crafted in Naples circa 1782, and represents a vital link in Jaap van Zweden's commitment to building a stronger Orchestra.  More

Classical Music and Dallas Symphony Inspire Supporter
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Music has always played a vital part in Ingrid Taubert Barrier's life. Her early years overflowed with music of all kinds and inspired a lifelong passion for opera and classical music. Devoted to the Dallas Symphony, her gift ensures others can enjoy the Orchestra in the future.  More

Supporting the Legacy Society with Passion
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In this letter from Rick Andrew and Diane Buchanan, you'll be inspired by the contagious enthusiasm they have for the future of the Dallas Symphony.  More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Dallas Symphony 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 to the Dallas Symphony, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Dallas, TX, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 DSO 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 DSO 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 DSO 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 DSO where you agree to make a gift to the DSO 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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