Other Ways to Give

Bequests & Planned Giving

Many of us give annually to our theatrical home at EST, but making a planned gift is the ultimate way to leave your legacy, and to inspire others to consider making a planned gift. Just as gifts to EST during your lifetime may result in a tax deduction, planned gifts provide a deduction for your estate. In general, a gift to EST which is recognized as tax exempt for charitable purposes will be exempt from taxes. Talk to your financial or legal advisor about the best way for you to leave your legacy at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution

Over 70 years of age and looking for another way to support EST? Consider making a tax-free Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA by December 31st. QCDs help to minimize the tax-bite of an IRA's Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). To qualify you must be over 70 1/2 years of age and making a contribution of $100,000 or less to a registered 501(c)3 (that's EST!). For more information consult with your tax planning specialist.

Gift of Appreciated Securities

EST is grateful for gifts of stock through our account at Fidelity Investments. Your gift of appreciated securities puts the full value of the stock to work for EST and gives you full value as a charitable deduction. For transfer information contact Sarah McLellan, Executive Director, at slee@estnyc.org.


EST's correct legal designation is: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Inc., Federal Tax ID number 23-7150345. For more information about any of these options contact Aaron Hock, Development Manager, at ahock@estnyc.org.