Planned Giving

Con Brio Society, A Legacy of the Arts

What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
~ Alfred Pike


A planned gift to Strathmore is a wonderful way to ensure that future generations can delight in the experience of live, world class performances; creative education; and fine arts exhibitions of the highest quality. Although annual giving is an important part of our yearly program, it takes donors with exceptional vision to understand the potential that lies beyond our own horizon.

Please accept our invitation to join the Con Brio Society, comprised of those who find in their hearts the willingness to include a future gift to Strathmore in their estate planning process.

If you have already included Strathmore in your estate plans, please let us know so that we may thank you during your lifetime for your outstanding support and vision for the future.

If you are considering a planned gift to Strathmore or for additional information, please contact Erin Phillips at 301.581.5160 or

Strathmore Children's Chorus with Natalie MacMaster

Simple Opportunities for Support

Gift Through Your Will
When planning your financial future, make a gift to share the arts for generations to come.  You may make a bequest through your will to Strathmore by preparing a new will or adding a codicil to your present will.


  • Retain control of your assets during your lifetime
  • Modify your bequest if your circumstances change
  • Unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction

Useful Language
Should you wish to include Strathmore in your will, the following language may assist you and your attorney:

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath ____ (a specific dollar amount, percentage of the residue of your estate, or a specific asset such as a bank account, stock, or real estate) to Strathmore Hall Foundation Inc. located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda, MD, Federal Tax ID number 52- 1233092, for its general purposes or as the Board of Trustees may direct."

Beneficiary Designations
Leaving Strathmore assets such as retirement plans or life insurance policies is an easy and flexible way to extend your support of the arts into the future. To do so, simply designate Strathmore Hall Foundation Inc. as a beneficiary on the respective form.


  • Retain control of your assets during your lifetime
  • You can review and adjust your beneficiary designation at any time
  • May avoid significant tax burdens for heirs
  • May provide estate tax savings

Ways to Make a Difference Today

IRA Rollover Gift*
If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit Strathmore and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity without having to pay income taxes on the distribution.

This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to Strathmore this year and in the future.


  • Make an immediate impact on the arts in your community
  • Avoid recognizing taxable income from a required minimum distribution


There are many ways to give including a gift of stock. If your stock has appreciated in value, you can avoid paying the capital gains tax and qualify for a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value on the date of the transfer.

Learn More and Download a Stock Transfer Guide

Tributes and Memorials*
A donation in memory or in honor of a family member, friend, or colleague, is a caring way to celebrate a special occasion or honor a life. By dedicating a seat in the Music Center at Strathmore, you will create a visible and lasting legacy for your loved one while supporting a cause they are passionate about. A special note will be sent to your honoree and/or their family.

Download a Name a Seat Form

Commemorative gifts of any amount can be designated toward existing Strathmore programs - often one that would be meaningful to the honored or memorialized individual. These gifts can be made online here or by calling Erin Phillips at 301-581-5160.

*Due to the immediate impact of these gifts, we are unable to include membership in the Con Brio Society.

Support Strathmore

We rely on charitable gifts from individuals to sustain and expand our visual and performing arts experiences and arts education programs. Your gift will foster incredible social impact by allowing Strathmore to remain a strong and vibrant resource in your community.

Make a membership gift here.