Invest in the Future of Ford’s Theatre with a Planned Gift.

At Ford’s Theatre Society, we understand that a planned gift is one of the most personal commitments you can make, and we appreciate your consideration.

Whether it’s a bequest, trust, life insurance proceeds or an arrangement made through your retirement plan, planned gifts of all sizes support Ford’s Theatre long term and often provide financial benefits to you as well. Plus, you can directly support the programming that is most important to you, such as new work, classics or education.

Your planned gift provides important resources and could:

  • Support an exhibition exploring the aftermath of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s legacy.
  • Immerse a student in our educational offerings, through our National Oratory Fellows program or a virtual field trip.
  • Sponsor a Summer Teacher Institute where teachers from across the country learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War.
  • Underwrite a mainstage theatrical production, bringing the historic stage to life.

For more information on leaving a legacy to Ford's Theatre Society, contact Director of Development Betsy O’Brien Anderson at (202) 434-9552 or Donors who notify Ford's Theatre Society of an intended planned gift are eligible for special recognition.

Explore Giving Options

Planned gifts benefit Ford’s Theatre Society and provide you with an opportunity to both create a lasting legacy for future generations and maximize the tax benefits of a charitable donation.


A bequest is one of the simplest ways to provide for the future of Ford’s Theatre. Many donors are able to make significant gifts of cash or other property through their wills. A bequest to Ford’s Theatre Society may be deductible against estate and inheritance taxes. Advance planning can maximize these tax benefits and preserve more of your estate. Examples of types of bequests and related sample language include:


A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give and devise to Ford’s Theatre Society, located in Washington, D.C., all [or state a percentage] of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support [or state the specific affiliate, fund or program to be supported].


Naming Ford’s Theatre Society as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate can be a straightforward approach to planned giving:

I give and devise to Ford’s Theatre Society, located in Washington, D.C., the sum of $___________ to be used for its general support [or state the specific affiliate, fund or program to be supported].


Ford’s Theatre Society can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled:

If [Name] is not living at the time of my demise, I give and devise to Ford’s Theatre Society, the sum of $ _______ [or provide for all or a specific percentage of the residue of the estate] to be used for its general support (or state the specific affiliate, fund or program to be supported).




You can make a charitable gift using retirement assets by naming Ford’s Theatre Society as a beneficiary of your retirement plans and accounts.


Making Ford’s Theatre Society the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy is another way to make a significant gift without tying up current assets.


Charitable remainder trusts allow you to make a gift to Ford’s Theatre Society while retaining certain benefits from the assets you give.


A charitable lead trust is the reverse of a charitable remainder trust; the gift to Ford’s Theatre Society is the income stream from the trust, not the remainder.


A gift of real estate can be an attractive way to support Ford’s Theatre and to realize tax and income benefits at the same time. Real estate can also be a valuable asset when used to fund either a charitable remainder trust or a charitable lead trust.

Ford’s Theatre Society does not intend for the any of the above examples, or any of the other information provided on this website, to be construed in any way as either legal, or financial or other professional advice. Charitable giving and estate planning can have significant tax and/or other financial implications, and Ford’s Theatre Society strongly recommends that you consult your financial, and/or tax or other professional advisor with respect to your specific circumstances.