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Legacy Giving

Looking To The Future - Leaving A Legacy

Rethinking, restoring, revitalizing America's musical theatre heritage

There is perhaps no other artistic form which brims and bristles with more sheer vitality and joy than the American musical, and for over 50 years Goodspeed Musicals has been its home, preserving and championing the art form like no other organization.

As the Home of the American Musical, Goodspeed Musicals is widely regarded as a standard bearer of excellence, whose artistic productions and educational programs have been enjoyed by millions, won the praise of industry peers, earned more than a dozen Tony Awards, and long enhanced the nation's theatrical landscape.

Like any great cultural institution, however, Goodspeed Musicals' tradition of excellence relies on the commitment and support of its generous donors and patrons.

Since its inception, Goodspeed Musicals has particularly benefited from the unique advantages of planned gifts and bequests. Because such gifts provide financial support over time, they have been essential to Goodspeed Musicals' ability to consistently move from strength to strength, plan for the future with confidence, and ensure millions more will enjoy award-winning productions for generations to come.

Those thoughtful and generous supporters who have made a planned gift to Goodspeed Musicals are recognized as members of the William H. Goodspeed Legacy Society. Members are listed on this web-site and in all playbills, and are invited to William H. Goodspeed Legacy Society special events.

Won't you support the future of the finest musical theatre by becoming a member of the William H. Goodspeed Society today?

For more information, please contact:

Gloria Gorton
Goodspeed Musicals
PO Box A
East Haddam, CT 06423-0281
860.873.8664, ext. 366

Your planned gift can provide general operating income or be designated to support a specific artistic, educational, or capital program, while providing you and your family with a variety of annuity and tax benefits. Gifts may take the form of a charitable gift annuity, trust, bequest, or other gift.

Whatever the form, a planned gift is an enduring expression of your commitment to Goodspeed Musicals - one that will help ensure that generations of artists and audiences will continue to enjoy and participate in the finest musical theatre for years to come.

Your Gift

Your Goal

How to Make Your Gift

Your Benefits


Defer a gift until after your lifetime

Name Goodspeed Musicals in your will or living trust. Designate a specific amount, percentage, or share of the residual of your estate

  • Your donation is exempt from federal estate tax
  • You maintain control of your assets during your lifetime

Gift of Retirement Assets

Avoid double taxation on IRAs or other employee benefit plans

Name Goodspeed Musicals as the beneficiary of all or part of your retirement plan assets

  • Allows you to make a gift from the most highly taxed assets, leaving less tax-vulnerable assets for family

Gift of Life Insurance

Make a large gift with little cost to you

Change ownership on a life insurance policy you no longer need

  • Current income tax deduction
  • Possible future deductions through gifts to pay premiums

Charitable Gift Annuity

Supplement income with steady payments that are partially tax-free

Establish a charitable gift annuity contract with Goodspeed Musicals that pays a set amount for life

  • Current and future income tax savings
  • Fixed payments for life for one or

Charitable Remainder Trust

Convert highly appreciated or low yielding assets to a fixed or often increasing income stream

Create a trust that pays you income annually, the principal is retained for Goodspeed Musicals

  • Variable or fixed income for life
  • Immediate income tax charitable deduction

Together, we can find a plan that benefits you and Goodspeed Musicals. Please give us a call.

For more information, please contact:

Gloria Gorton
Goodspeed Musicals
PO Box A
East Haddam, CT 06423
860.873.8664 x366

  • How do I make a bequest through my will or estate plan?
  • I have a life insurance policy that I no longer need. Can I make Goodspeed Musicals the owner and/or the beneficiary?
  • Can I make Goodspeed Musicals the full or partial beneficiary of my IRA account or my savings account?
  • Can I set up a Charitable Gift Annuity with Goodspeed Musicals?
  • Can I use a Charitable Remainder Trust to provide lifetime income for me and my family and a benefit to Goodspeed Musicals?
  • Can I give my home, vacation home, or farm to Goodspeed for a major tax deduction now, but continue to live there for the rest of my life?

For an answer to these or other questions about our Legacy Gift program, please contact Gloria Gorton, Director of Major Gifts, at 860.873.8664 ext. 366 or

Goodspeed Musicals thanks the members of the William H. Goodspeed Society who have included a future bequest to Goodspeed Musicals in their wills or estate plans.

  • Anonymous (11)
  • Dolores L. Andrew
  • Frances Armstrong
  • Alice Belden
  • Gustaf & Virginia Bodin
  • Leon Hugh & Anne Sullivan Calanquin
  • Frank & Amy Campbell
  • Jack & Bertie Chuong
  • Donald Yale Church & Anthony O’Grady Schillaci
  • Amy Lee Crockett, DVM
  • Rochelle Dauenheimer
  • Charles M. Ericson
  • Anne Evans
  • Muriel Fleischmann
  • David F. Frankel
  • Richard Goodman
  • Mrs. Harry J. Gray
  • Nicholas Groth
  • Lynde Selden Karin
  • Nancy Kline & James Trail
  • Angela Lepore
  • Mrs. Carmela Marzano
  • Andrew C. McKirdy
  • Leslie & Lynne Nathan
  • Robert W. & Carolyn G. Nelson
  • Jane E. Ondovcsik
  • Barbara A. Petersen
  • B. A. Pomarico
  • Michael & Jo-Ann Price
  • Mary Jane Richilson
  • Dr. Anne L. Rothstein & Ms. Jane Hellman
  • Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Sandler
  • Dr. Benjamin Sevitch
  • Carol L. Sirot
  • Dr. & Mrs. David Snyderman
  • C. William Stamm
  • Jessica Waldman Thompson & Carl Thompson
  • Sheila L. Tomlinson
  • Mark & Roberta Velez
  • Linda Wanosky