Your legacy gift to SFJAZZ will help inspire and develop future generations of jazz musicians and audiences. The vast majority of legacy gifts are made by bequest through a will or trust.

Many types of assets, in addition to cash, can be used to make a legacy gift. We encourage you to work with your professional advisors and our staff experts to help you determine which type of legacy gift is best for you.

In addition, there are many types of legacy gifts you can easily make without incurring the services of your professional advisor. All you need to do is fill out your provider’s paperwork for the following gifts:

IRA or pension planlife insurance
stocks and bonds
savings/ checking  accounts
donor advised fund   
commercial annuity

The key to setting up these gifts is contacting the institution that holds your asset. Ask them for a beneficiary form. Some firms refer to them as a designation form. Yet others as a “payment on death” form.

It’s important to remember that when you fill out the form, and you also have language in your will or living trust about the same asset, if there is a discrepancy, the form takes precedence over the will or trust. This is because you have a contract with the firm, and that form fits within the scope of the contract. The will or trust does not.

Our Legacy Circle acknowledges members who have made a legacy gift commitment to SFJAZZ. No gift is too large or small. Your support strengthens and ensures that we will remain the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to the full spectrum of jazz for generations to come.

As a member, you may attend special events and will be recognized in SFJAZZ materials. By stepping forward you encourage others to do the same – though you may choose to remain anonymous.

There are gifts that provide you a steady stream of income, offer major tax advantage, and ultimately benefit SFJAZZ. These life income gifts are known as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.

A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and a charity. A portion of the income you receive for life is free of tax. Annuities work best for those 70 and older – the older you are when making this type of gift, the more income you receive.

Charitable remainder trusts are similar to annuities, and are also more complex. SFJAZZ can provide you information about each of these gifts and their many options.

Your charitable bequest is the most important type of gift for building SFJAZZ’s future. When received, your bequest will be recorded as a gift to our endowment where it will strengthen the organization for future generations.

There are three types of bequests for you to consider. Residual bequests are often made after making specific bequests to relatives, friends and charities. Whatever remains after specific bequests (the residuary) can be given in percentage to charity and others.

When you place a specific or residual / percentage bequest in your will or living trust and notify SFJAZZ, we will invite you to become a member of the Legacy Circle. If you are considering a restriction we encourage dialogue now to ensure that your wishes are met.

"I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102,

Choose one:
1) The sum of $___________."
2) __________ shares of stock in ________________Company.", or
3) my real property commonly known as _________________."

Residual / Percentage:

"I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102, all the residue of my estate.” Or … “__% of my estate.”


"In the event of the death of any of the beneficiaries, I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102, (specific or residual language as above)."

Legacy Gift Stories

Jane Cook
Member, Legacy Circle

“SFJAZZ’s creative musical offerings have enriched my life for many years. In order to ensure my financial support in perpetuity my living trust includes a bequest for the SFJAZZ endowment. This is an important part of my personal legacy.”

It’s About the Future

Music has been a constant companion to Jane A. Cook since childhood. Drawn to singing during grade school in Springfield, Illinois, Jane sang with every choir in the area, eventually appearing in musicals and with the local symphony. From early Renaissance music and boundary-crossing classical to jazz and world music, she embraced just about everything.

Eventually this passion for music led Jane to SFJAZZ, and ultimately she included us in her estate plan through a bequest in her will. She hopes you’ll consider this as well. Jane studied to be a music teacher in college, and though her career path took a different direction, she witnessed schools cutting back music programs, and is deeply concerned that this valuable educational resource is no longer there to expose young people to a wider world of arts and culture.

She remains personally involved in music through financial contributions, volunteering, and supporting legacy giving efforts beyond her own gift. Through these efforts, Jane wants to help insure that the music community will thrive well into the future. Knowing that her legacy gift will be added to our growing endowment was a motivating factor for sharing a bequest to SFJAZZ in her will.

Jane began attending SFJAZZ performances in 1993, shortly after moving to the Bay Area from New England. She’s pleased that SFJAZZ has evolved from the growing nomadic organization of two decades ago to now have a year-round schedule and a spectacular permanent home.

In keeping with her interest in music education, Jane finds the SFJAZZ High School All Stars program an amazing way to develop future generations of both performers and audience, tying into her passion for providing support for the music that will span decades. Similarly, she’s is a supporter of SFJAZZ’s Jazz In the Middle program that brings musicians and poets into middle schools without their own music programs.

Jane is inspired that SFJAZZ is looking toward the future, building audiences and exposing children to this uniquely American art form .


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Terence Blanchard's Champion: An Opera In Jazz

It's because of SFJAZZ supporters like you that we continue to bring groundbreaking performances to the stage. Champion is an unprecedented production featuring costumes, full staging and video elements with soloists, a jazz trio, orchestra and Gospel chorus—using Miner Auditorium like never before.

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Champion: An Opera In Jazz · February 19-28, 2016
Produced by SFJAZZ in conjunction with San Francisco's Opera Parallèle, Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz tells the real-life story of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, a man haunted by memories of his past who struggled to reconcile his sexuality in a hyper-macho world.

"I keep thinking how strange it is... I kill a man and most people understand and forgive me. However, I love a man, and to so many people this is an unforgivable sin." — Emile Griffith

“The SFJAZZ Center was designed and built with productions like Champion in mind.” — Randall Kline

"The rare bit of genre mixing that succeeds once in a generation... Blanchard does it his own way, on jazz’s terms, and he makes a new kind of masterpiece " — Denver Post
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