Ways to Give
Gifts to the CJO supports Chicago’s big band heritage. Additionally, your gifts sustain the CJO’s commitment to jazz education with youth in Chicago.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gifts are tax-deductible, but it’s important to consult with your tax adviser or the IRS for details on the tax benefits of any gift you make.
An outright gift is the most convenient and easiest form of giving. Cash is the most common way to support the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Donors can support the Annual Fund (an unrestricted fund that allows the CJO to give to the most pressing needs). Donors can also choose specific programs to support (restricted funds).
Donors may contribute by:
Send a Check or Give Online
A gift of cash (either outright or through a multi-year pledge) is an effective way to support the CJO. Make checks payable to the Chicago Jazz Orchestra or give online now!
Many businesses or corporations will match annual giving or gifts for special projects thus helping double the efforts of your dollar. Ask your human resources department if your employer will match your gift through their matching gift program. By following the guidelines established by your employer, your gift could be doubled or even more. This benefit is often available to the spouse of the employee as well as to retirees and board members.
Memorial and Tribute Gifts
- Memorial and tribute gifts are charitable contributions that support the CJO and at the same time honor friends and family members. Memorial gifts make a lasting tribute to the memory of family members and friends. Tribute gifts recognize the contributions and talents of living persons or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, graduation or anniversary.
- You can make one-time gifts or explore permanent recognition for a loved one through endowments. Click here to learn more about endowment gifts.
- Upon receipt of your gift, the CJO will send an acknowledgement of your thoughtfulness to whomever you designate.
Planned gifts are at the pinnacle of the giving pyramid because they are often the largest gifts a person can make. They are often made as the lasting legacy that a person wants to leave, because an individual has less need for their accumulated assets, or when an individual develops a balanced long-term personal financial portfolio.
- Wills and Bequests: Bequests can specify a dollar amount, name particular assets or designate the CJO to receive a percentage, or all, of an estate.
- Gift Annuities and Charitable Trusts: Special opportunities exist which provide the donor a guaranteed income for life in return for a charitable gift to the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. There are also significant tax benefits from this type of gift.
- Life Insurance and Retirement Plans: The CJO can be named as a beneficiary of an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy or other qualified personal plans.
- Gifts of Stock: By making a gift of stock, donors can avoid taxes on the gains. Charitable contribution deductions equal the full fair market value of the stock.
- Gifts of Real Estate: A residence, vacation home, or vacant lot can be given to help Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Property gifts can help individuals avoid capital gains taxes as well.
Charitable gifts not only help the work of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, but can also result in substantial tax savings and provide donors an opportunity to create a legacy for themselves and their families.
We would welcome the opportunity to share more about our various giving opportunities in support of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Please contact Travis Rosenthal, the Executive Director, at email@example.com for information or to schedule a visit.
Special Endowment Gifts
Make a long-term investment in the Chicago Jazz Orchestra!
Supporting an endowment fund can help strengthen the viability and sustainability of the CJO now and in the future. It can also allow you to promote a cherished jazz tradition of Chicago.
Only part of your investment return is used each year, because of the long-term nature of an endowment. The remaining amount is reinvested in the principal to offset the effects of inflation and allow the fund to perpetuate well beyond the donor’s lifetime.
You can be assured that your investment in the Chicago Jazz Orchestra will be appropriately stewarded. The Board practices sound fiscal management and oversight of the endowment funds.
Chicago Jazz Orchestra Guidelines for Establishing Endowments
- Minimum endowment investment: $25,000
- Initial gift (if starting a multi-year pledge) to establish the endowment: $10,000
- Endowments can be named in memory of or in tribute to individuals.
- All endowments are created through signed agreements with the donor.
- All endowments are managed according to the guidelines set by the Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s fiscal policy.
- All named endowed funds are permanently recognized in the CJO’s annual report.
Please contact Travis Rosenthal, the Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to establish an endowment fund today.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra offers two immediate ways to give:
The first is to click here to make an online donation with a credit card or debit card via our secure online forms. Information provided through the secured online giving site is considered confidential and is restricted for Chicago Jazz Orchestra use only. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.
Give via Mail
The second way to make a gift to the Chicago Jazz Orchestra is to mail your gift in the form of cash or check, made out to Chicago Jazz Orchestra, to the following address:
Chicago Jazz Orchestra
P.O. Box 59457
Chicago, IL 60659-0496
If you wish to donate to a specific fund, please include a message along with your donation denoting to which fund you choose to donate.