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Contributions to the Friends of the Opera House helps every element included in preserving the Woodstock Opera House. Whether a one-time gift or a reoccurring donation, we greatly appreciate the ability to uphold this historic building and provide cultural enrichment to the community.
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Other Ways to Give

Mail / To give by mail, send a check made out to the Friends of the Opera House and mail it to: 121 W Van Buren Street, Woodstock, IL 60098.

Matching Gifts / Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy along with eligibility requirements, procedures, and forms, please check with your human resource department or company intranet.

IRA Charitable Distributions / How to Reduce your Taxes through IRA Charitable Distributions
If you are over 70 ½ years of age and have either a Traditional IRA or an Inherited IRA you need to read this. The tax laws allow you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 annually from your IRA directly to Friends of the Opera House (a 501(c) (3) organization) totally “tax-free.” You can do this by using something called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. And your gift can satisfy all or part of the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) requirement – hence resulting in a significant tax savings. If you wish to find out more about how this works and its requirements, call your financial advisor. Friends of the Opera House Tax ID Number is 76-0761054.

  • Because you, as the donor, do not receive the funds at any point in the transfer, the distribution amount is not included in your gross income.
  • The gift can satisfy your required minimum distribution.
  • The gift provided support today for the university programs that are important to you.
  • The gift can satisfy a pledge with the benefiting organization.
  • The donor must be age 70 ½ or older.
  • The gift must be made directly from the IRA to an eligible charitable organization.
  • No charitable deduction is allowed, but the IRA distribution is not included in taxable income.
  • There is a $100,000 limit per taxpayer for all qualified charitable distributions made within the year.
  • No material benefits can be received in return for this type of gift.
  • This type of gift cannot be made to a donor-advised fund, supporting organization, or private foundation.
  • This type of gift can only be made from an IRA. Gifts from 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans do not qualify.
Is this the right gift for you?
  • You are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, but you do not need additional income.
  • You do not itemize your deductions. Your qualified charitable distribution will not be included in your taxable income.
  • You want to make a charitable gift and your IRA constitutes the largest share of your available assets.
  • You live in a state where retirement plan distributions are taxable on your state income tax return, but your state does not allow itemized charitable deductions.
  • You have an outstanding pledge to a charity. The IRA charitable rollover can satisfy a pledge without violating rules against self-dealing.
  • You would like to make an additional charitable gift, but it would not be deductible because of the annual limitation of 60 percent of adjusted gross income for charitable contributions.

Estate Giving

Through thoughtful estate planning, you can ensure that the important people and favorite causes in your life receive what you intend after you’re gone. Contact us today about including the Friends of the Opera House in your estate giving plans.