With ticket sales covering only 28% of the costs of mounting the superb concerts provided by the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the remainder is provided by the patrons,friends, corporations and foundations that have so staunchly supported the GBS for so many years, not only for their enjoyment, but for the preservation and growth of what is undeniably a pre-eminent cultural asset of the greater Bridgeport community and Fairfield County.
A strong cultural environment is the cornerstone of a thriving business and societal climate and our goal is and always has been to enhance our community and build the cultural atmosphere that is so crucial to this area's economic and cultural growth. We have been able to accomplish this only through your loyal support.
Please consider a gift to continue to make this possible.
When you make a gift to the Greater Bridgeport Symphony's Annual Fund, your contribution will be put to immediate use in providing support for current programs as well as in aiding in the search for a new Music Director / Principal Conductor to replace Maestro Gustav Meier,who has held this position for 41 years and will retire at the conclusion of this season. Gifts may consist of virtually any asset of value.
CASH GIFTS may be made using credit cards, personal, corporate or cashier's checks, cash or money orders made payable to the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.
Other ways to give.
SECURITIES. Appreciated stocks and bonds provide a very real tax advantage when transferred to the Greater Bridgeport Symphony before they are sold. At this time, for seurities held for more than one year may yield additional tax benefits in creating a tax deduction, as well as helping avoid the capital gains tax that would ordinarily be due on their sale. Given the ongoing "Cliff" negotiations in Washington, you may wish to accelerate a transfer to take advantage of current regulations, which may or may not survive into next year.
MATCHING GIFTS. A wonderful way to double or even triple your donation is through a matching gift program from your employer. If your employer has a matching gifts program, obtain a matching gift form from your employer's personnel office,complete it as required and send it to us with your contribution.
PLANNED GIVING is typically done in conjunction with estate planning and is a viable option for donors of all income levels. From a donor's perspective, planned giving is attractive for many reasons. It may enable you to make larger gifts than you otherwise could out of your current assets and, depending on how a planned gift is set up, it may also provide you with income for life, earn higher investment yield, or reduce your capital gains or estate taxes.
Planned gifts can be used to benefit a specific non-profit organization, to create a supporting organization or to start a private foundation. The most common types of planned giving vehicles are: Beneficiary Designations, Charitable Bequests, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts.
To learn more about these options, please contact the Greater Bridgeport Symphony at (203) 576-0263 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.