Planned Giving

Colburn is excited to offer several channels through which you can make a planned gift or bequest. In addition to supporting the mission of the Colburn School, a planned gift can provide substantial tax advantages, especially on gifts of stocks and real estate. The benefits may include an income tax deduction, reduced capital gains taxes, reduced probate costs and estate taxes, and income for life.

You can leave a legacy to Colburn while realizing benefits for you and your family. Simply by taking advantage of incentives the IRS offers, you can design a gift that both supports the Colburn School and fits your financial needs. With the increased standard in the tax law that became effective January 1, 2018, an immediate income tax charitable deduction resulting from a planned gift might lead to itemizing deductions and greater tax savings. That’s good for you and for the School.

Why Plan for Colburn?

For over six decades, the Colburn School has been guided by a single philosophy that all who desire to study music and dance should have access to excellence.

Each year, thousands of young people come to Colburn to pursue their dreams. When you see our students performing, you are witnessing a triumphant moment in their lives—the culmination of all their practice hours, lessons, rehearsals, discipline, and determination.

Your generosity helps ensure that Colburn can meet its mission and prepare young artists for careers in which they will succeed and thrive.

Your Planned Gift Makes You a Member of the Colburn Encore Society

The Encore Society honors those donors whose promised legacy includes long-term future support for the performing arts by investing in Colburn’s educational mission.

As a member of the Encore Society, you will receive invitations to performances and other events, be recognized in our printed materials, have opportunities to meet students and faculty, and other member benefits.

For more information on our planned giving program, please contact Mark Dawson, Endowment and Planned Giving Officer, at 213-621-1059 or