Planned Giving

A Photo of Bobbie Hallig, Berkshire Theatre Society Member.

Bobbie Hallig. Photo by John Trimarchi.

Do you care about the future of Berkshire Theatre Group?

Do you care about the future of Berkshire Theatre Group?
Bring that caring forward. Securing BTG is within our reach. A Legacy Gift in any amount is meaningful to BTG and to you. The arts are for the ages and in our time we should protect them. Consider how you would wish to be remembered, then join the BTG Legacy program. I did and it gives me a peaceful feeling of completion. In my time, I cared. After my time, my caring will continue.

– Bobbie Hallig, The Neil Ellenoff Fund Legacy Legend

 

Text on the photo states: Berkshire Theatre Trustee, Neil Ellenoff, adored this picture. It is a rendering of a photo used in BTG’s production of The Cat and the Canary in 2013. Neil E. Ellenoff 1929–2018

Berkshire Theatre Trustee, Neil E. Ellenoff, adored this picture. It is a rendering of a photo used in BTG’s production of The Cat and the Canary in 2013.

Neil Ellenoff’s Legacy Gift made a bright future possible for BTG.  Neil had a practical vision, born of his unique life’s experience. He knew that all too often we tend to overlook the basic “blocking and tackling” so crucial to the success and longevity of any consequential arts and cultural organization. Things like paying down debt, upgrading utility systems, and building operational reserves for those inevitable rainy days. Mundane as they may sound, these are the unglamorous essentials so incredibly necessary to secure our artistic and educational mission for the long term. Neil Ellenoff understood that. His generous bequest, coming when it did, was nothing less than transformational. It has become the cornerstone of a strong, stable foundation on which we are now building a beautiful, vibrant and sustainable future. His posthumous expression of love and affection inspires the work we do each and every day, and it stands as an eternal example to others of the true meaning of paying it forward.

– Kate Maguire, Artistic Director, CEO

 

Here are some of the many ways you can support Berkshire Theatre Group through your estate plan:

Bequests and Retirement Plans

A will provision allows you to make a substantial contribution to BTG without diminishing the assets available to you during your life. Since bequests are deductible from your taxable estate, significant estate tax savings may be possible. If you name BTG as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, you also avoid income tax when BTG receives its share of your plan.
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Charitable Remainder Trusts

You can use an irrevocable trust to provide yourself and/or a loved one with a fixed annual income or an income which varies with the value of the trust. Part of your gift qualifies for an income tax deduction, as calculated with IRS tables. At the death of the last income beneficiary, the remainder of the trust is distributed to BTG.
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Real Estate with Retained Life Estate

A residence or other real property may be given to BTG as an outright gift, or you may prefer to give your residence, farm or vacation home and retain the right to occupy it for life. You get a charitable deduction in the year you arrange your gift.
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Life Insurance

When you give a life insurance policy to BTG, the cash surrender value of the policy or the cost of a replacement policy is deductible as a charitable contribution. If you continue to pay premiums after your gift, these premiums are also deductible.
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These are a few of the many Planned Giving opportunities. When considering a planned gift be sure to consult your financial and legal advisors.

Information for Financial Advisors:

Legal Name: Berkshire Theatre Group
Federal Tax ID Number: 04-6134497
Address: 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

We kindly ask that you notify our Donor Relations Team of your planned gifts so that we may acknowledge it appropriately and plan accordingly.

The Neil E. Ellenoff Fund Legacy Legends:

Elayne Bernstein* and Sol L. Schwartz*
Robert and Carol Braun
Ann Fitzpatrick Brown*
Betty Lee Carlson*
Neil E. Ellenoff*
Armand Feigenbaum*
Donald Feigenbaum*
John and Jane Fitzpatrick*
Marilou Flint*
James W. Giddens
Bobbie Hallig
Jane and Richard Harte
Randolph Hawthorne and Carliss Baldwin
Fay J. Henry*
Rodman R. Henry, Ph.D.*
Ed Jaffe*
Lawrence and Sarah Klein
David Lloyd and Meg Mortimer
Kate Maguire
Betsey and David* McKearnan
Jonathan Rick
Doris Skorput
Larry Vaber*
Nancy and Michael* Vale
Carol* and B. Carter White
Richard M. Ziter, M.D.

 

For information on our support opportunities:

Please contact a member of our
Donor Relations Team
at (413) 448-8084 x 18.

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please consult with your attorney, financial, or tax advisor.

*in memoriam

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We believe the performing arts can transform a community.
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"Out of need will come the way. Once the pandemic ebbs, whenever that is, there will be an incredible need to gather again." The theatre has existed from the time of the Greeks. We will go on.
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