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Planned Giving

Making Your Support of the Arts Everlasting

Leave a legacy of support for ZACH Theatre—an investment for future generations.

A planned or deferred gift is a meaningful way to leave a legacy of support to an organization that has played a “starring role” in your life. You don’t need to be wealthy to make a planned gift. With thoughtful planning, you have the opportunity to make a significant gift that will benefit the future of ZACH Theatre—one of the ten original regional theatres in America—and support both your personal and philanthropic objectives.

Examples of these types of gifts are:

  • Name ZACH Theatre in a will or living trust
  • Designate ZACH Theatre as a beneficiary in a qualified retirement plan [e.g., IRA, 401(k) or 403(b)]
  • Designate ZACH Theatre as a beneficiary in a life insurance or group life insurance policy
  • Establish a charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust
  • Make a gift of personal property or real estate to ZACH Theatre

A planned gift is an investment in ZACH Theatre for the benefit of future generations. You have the option to designate your planned gift for a particular program or category of theatrical works that have special significance for you. A planned gift may also help you achieve certain personal financial goals, particularly with regard to tax planning and management. Once you have made a planned gift to ZACH, you will join ZACH’s Encore Legacy Circle for special recognition and benefits. If you prefer to keep your planned gift confidential, you may join the Encore Legacy Circle anonymously.


Considering a Bequest?

The most straightforward way of making a planned gift is through a bequest in your will or trust. This allows you to distribute your property in accordance with your wishes. Because ZACH is recognized as a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, any bequest you make will be 100% deductible, thus reducing the size of your taxable estate for federal and state estate tax purposes.

You can make a primary or contingent gift to ZACH using the following simple language:

I hereby give and bequeath to ZACH Theatre, a not-for-profit corporation in Austin, Texas (specific amount, percentage of estate, or specific property) for general purposes.

You can also name ZACH Theatre as a beneficiary on your retirement accounts, life insurance and annuities by using the above simple language.

If you have already included ZACH Theatre in your estate plan, please notify us so that we may properly recognize your commitment. For more information on this type of charitable giving and how it might benefit you, your loved ones, and ZACH, please contact Charlie Frasier, Chief Development Officer at 512-476-0594 x294 or cfrasier@zachtheatre.org.


Encore Legacy Circle Benefits

There are no dues or fees associated with Encore Legacy Circle membership. Membership will be reserved for those who have named ZACH Theatre as a beneficiary of their estate or made a planned gift to ZACH. By establishing a planned gift to benefit ZACH, supporters demonstrate their commitment to quality theatre and education right here in our community.

In appreciation of your support, ZACH is pleased to offer the following benefits to Encore Legacy Circle members.

  • An annual invitation to a special reception with Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley
  • Invitations to behind the scenes rehearsals for upcoming ZACH productions
  • Special updates from ZACH’s Artistic Director, Managing Director, and President of the ZACH Board of Directors• Invitations to additional ZACH special events
  • Acknowledgment in ZACH playbills and on zachtheatre.org, with your permission. The details of an Encore Legacy Circle member’s gift will be kept confidential. No names will be published without the consent of the donor, and you may choose to remain anonymous.
  • Most importantly, Encore Legacy Circle members know they are ensuring ZACH’s standard of excellence for future generations, helping to fulfill our mission and vision to create intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community.


We applaud your support today, tomorrow, forever.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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