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From Haydn to Mozart to Beethoven to the Beatles, each generation owes its progress to the ones that came before. 

Established in 1980, Meany’s Visiting Artists Program has been around long enough that many of our current patrons and donors remember coming to this theater with their parents and grandparents—and are now bringing children and grandchildren of their own! Sharing your love of the arts with future generations is a family tradition worth hanging onto. Through planned giving, you can help ensure Meany continues to serve our community for the next forty years and beyond. A planned gift provides security for Meany’s future, and may offer significant tax benefits to you and your heirs beyond those of an ordinary cash donation.

Gifts in perpetuity include bequests, charitable remainder and lead trusts, charitable gift annuities, beneficiary designations and life insurance designations. You can direct your gift towards the Friends of Meany Center Fund, Education Programming Fund, Artistic Programming Fund (benefiting Piano, Dance, Chamber or World Music), or towards one of our endowments.


Language for your Will or Trust

"I/We have named The Board of Regents of the University of Washington (the “University”) as a residuary beneficiary under my/our Will dated ____________________, 202X.  This Statement of Educational Purpose relates to the use of all funds received by the University from my estate, and from any other source as a result of my/our death/s. I/We direct that the University use such funds for the following purpose: My gift of ______ percent (_____%) of the residue of my estate [or: ______ Dollars ($ ___________) shall be added to the Meany Center (add which fund you’d like your gift to benefit) administered by Meany Center for the Performing Arts. I reserve the right jointly to amend this Statement of Educational Purpose. Any such amendment shall be in writing and submitted to the University’s Office for Gift Planning."

Tax ID Number for the University of Washington: 91-6001537

Meany Center Contact: Cristi Benefield, Director of Philanthropy, Meany Center for the Performing Arts, (206) 616-6296 or cristi@uw.edu

UW Office of Planned Giving: Manager, Trust & Estate Gifts, Office for Planned Giving, UW, Box # 359515, Seattle, WA 98195-9515, 206-685-1001, giftinfo@uw.edu


When you make a gift in perpetuity, you become a lifelong member of The Meany Society and receive these benefits, with our gratitude:

  • Free parking for performances on your series
  • Personal VIP Ticket Concierge service for ticket purchases and exchanges
  • 4 (four) complimentary tickets to a performance of your choice
  • Exclusive invitations for behind-the-scenes engagements with the artists.

Consider a gift to Meany Center through your will, trust or retirement plan, and pass on your passion for live performing arts to generations of artists and arts lovers still to come. 

If you have already made a gift to Meany Center through your estate or would like more information, please contact Cristi Benefield, Director of Philanthropy, at cristi@uw.edu or 206-616-6296.