Grand Rapids Symphony Foundation

Legacy gifts assure the Grand Rapids Symphony’s
sustainability and continuing success.

Legacy of Leadership Circle

Symphony friends designating the Foundation in their estate plan are members of the Legacy of Leadership Circle.  Periodic communications and updates inform Circle members about the value of the Foundation and its impact on the Symphony mission. More information about the Grand Rapids Symphony Foundation is available HERE.

As early as 1975, Grand Rapids Symphony and community leaders stressed the importance of securing the orchestra, in part, through a substantial endowment. As the Symphony’s key financial partner focused exclusively on the orchestra’s success, the Foundation contributes approximately 5% annually from invested funds to the Symphony’s operating budget. For a listing of the Foundation trustees, click HERE.

Legacy donations to the Grand Rapids Symphony Foundation sustain the orchestra’s impact in West Michigan now and for the years ahead.  Thank you for designating the Symphony in your estate plan or considering a bequest to the orchestra. Your endowed commitment is an investment in the orchestra’s future which grows over time through responsible stewardship.  Annually, upon the recommendation of the Foundation Trustees, a distribution is directed to the GRS to support operating expenses. 

Your planned gift reflects your personal philanthropic goals and expresses your investment in our community.  Planning discussions with a trusted financial advisor will help you select and structure a donation that complements your complete estate plan. Suggested investment strategies are listed below:

Designation Options in your Will or Living Trust

► Outright gifts of appreciated securities or tangible assets
► Bequest in your will or trust
► Donor-advised fund

Income Gifts
► Charitable gift annuity
► Charitable remainder trust
► Charitable lead trust

Retirement Plan Assets
► Beneficiary designations
► Tax-free donation from an Individual Retirement Account

Life Insurance
► Gift of life insurance
► Beneficiary designation

Grand Rapids Symphony Foundation Gift Commitment Form

Confirm your planned gift to the Grand Rapids Symphony Foundation by completing and returning the Gift Commitment Form.  

For more information or assistance, please contact Diane Lobbestael, Special Advisor to the President for Foundation Philanthropy at 616-454-9451 ext. 122 or