Orpheus is pleased to launch its planned giving initiative, the Legacy Society, encouraging our most committed members to remember the orchestra in their estate plans.

Members of the Legacy Society are stewards of our artistic achievements. By including Orpheus in your estate plan, you ensure future generations will experience the joy and intensity of the orchestra’s dynamic innovation.

Legacy Society members are included in all donor listings in Orpheus’ Annual Report, website, and Signature Series Playbills. In addition, members are invited to an annual breakfast with Orpheus musicians, in appreciation for their commitment.

There are a variety of options for making a planned gift, and we encourage you to speak with your financial advisor to determine which plan fits best within your own financial and philanthropic goals. Sustain Orpheus’ future – join the Orpheus Legacy Society.

Contact Development, at 212.896.1713 or joh@orpheusnyc.org for additional information.


The most common way to make a planned gift to Orpheus is through your will. You may choose to leave cash, securities, real estate or other assets, such as stocks and real estate. You can also make a gift of all or part of your property remaining after all other bequests have been paid, or a gift that takes effect only if your beneficiaries do not survive you. Giving through a bequest can help minimize the estate-tax burden that will be passed along to your family.

Cash and Securities

Simple gifts of cash are often the easiest donations to make; however, there can be significant tax advantages in giving securities. With securities such as stocks, not only can you deduct the same amount as for a cash gift, you also pay no capital gains tax on the transfer.

Life Insurance and IRA Designations

Orpheus can be added to insurance policies or retirement plans as a beneficiary, which provides an easy way to make a gift to Orpheus. You can irrevocably name Orpheus as owner of the policy and receive an income tax charitable deduction. Or, you can designate the orchestra as beneficiary of your policy and receive an estate tax deduction.