Gifts that Provide Income

There are gifts that provide you a steady stream of income, offer major tax advantage, and ultimately benefit SFJAZZ. These life income gifts are known as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.

A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and a charity. A portion of the income you receive for life is free of tax. Annuities work best for those 70 and older – the older you are when making this type of gift, the more income you receive.

Charitable remainder trusts are similar to annuities, and are also more complex. SFJAZZ can provide you information about each of these gifts and their many options.

Your Charitable Bequest

Your charitable bequest is the most important type of gift for building SFJAZZ’s future. When received, your bequest will be recorded as a gift to our endowment where it will strengthen the organization for future generations.

There are three types of bequests for you to consider. Residual bequests are often made after making specific bequests to relatives, friends and charities. Whatever remains after specific bequests (the residuary) can be given in percentage to charity and others.

When you place a specific or residual / percentage bequest in your will or living trust and notify SFJAZZ, we will invite you to become a member of the Legacy Circle. If you are considering a restriction we encourage dialogue now to ensure that your wishes are met.

"I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102,

Choose one:
1) The sum of $___________."
2) __________ shares of stock in ________________Company.", or
3) my real property commonly known as _________________."

Residual / Percentage:

"I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102, all the residue of my estate.” Or … “__% of my estate.”


"In the event of the death of any of the beneficiaries, I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102, (specific or residual language as above)."

Legacy Gift Stories

Jane Cook
Member, Legacy Circle

“SFJAZZ’s creative musical offerings have enriched my life for many years. In order to ensure my financial support in perpetuity my living trust includes a bequest for the SFJAZZ endowment. This is an important part of my personal legacy.”

It’s About the Future

Music has been a constant companion to Jane A. Cook since childhood. Drawn to singing during grade school in Springfield, Illinois, Jane sang with every choir in the area, eventually appearing in musicals and with the local symphony. From early Renaissance music and boundary-crossing classical to jazz and world music, she embraced just about everything.

Eventually this passion for music led Jane to SFJAZZ, and ultimately she included us in her estate plan through a bequest in her will. She hopes you’ll consider this as well. Jane studied to be a music teacher in college, and though her career path took a different direction, she witnessed schools cutting back music programs, and is deeply concerned that this valuable educational resource is no longer there to expose young people to a wider world of arts and culture.

She remains personally involved in music through financial contributions, volunteering, and supporting legacy giving efforts beyond her own gift. Through these efforts, Jane wants to help insure that the music community will thrive well into the future. Knowing that her legacy gift will be added to our growing endowment was a motivating factor for sharing a bequest to SFJAZZ in her will.

Jane began attending SFJAZZ performances in 1993, shortly after moving to the Bay Area from New England. She’s pleased that SFJAZZ has evolved from the growing nomadic organization of two decades ago to now have a year-round schedule and a spectacular permanent home.

In keeping with her interest in music education, Jane finds the SFJAZZ High School All Stars program an amazing way to develop future generations of both performers and audience, tying into her passion for providing support for the music that will span decades. Similarly, she’s is a supporter of SFJAZZ’s Jazz In the Middle program that brings musicians and poets into middle schools without their own music programs.

Jane is inspired that SFJAZZ is looking toward the future, building audiences and exposing children to this uniquely American art form .


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Terence Blanchard's Champion: An Opera In Jazz

A groundbreaking work combining the disciplines of opera and jazz, Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz tells the real-life story of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, a man haunted by memories of his past who struggled to reconcile his sexuality in a hyper-macho world.

Help bring Champion to the stage. Bigger than any production at SFJAZZ, Champion demands costumes, opera set design and construction and stage production, as well as a full orchestra, chorus and jazz trio. Support opportunities range from underwriting performances or outreach efforts to corporate sponsorship.

Buy Tickets

Champion: An Opera In Jazz · February 19-28, 2016
Produced by SFJAZZ in conjunction with San Francisco's Opera Parallèle, Champion is a visually stunning production features elaborate staging and video elements with a jazz trio, orchestra and chorus, bringing out the full glory of Blanchard’s soulful score as it illuminates a tragic story that remains acutely relevant today.

Concert of Sacred Music

50th Anniversary of Duke Ellington's 'Concert of Sacred Music'

Thursday, Sept 17, 2015

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Duke Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music, which premiered at Grace Cathedral on Sept. 16, 1965. An all-star lineup performed Ellington's compositions in all-new arrangements by saxophonist Miguel Zenón, featuring Kurt Elling, Savion Glover, Queen Esther Marrow, Melissa Aldana, Sean Jones, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Ben Goldberg, Edward Simon, Elena Pinderhughes and more!

Press & Photos

› DownBeat: SFJAZZ Pays Tribute to Landmark Ellington Concert
› KQED: From the Club to the Cathedral: Revisiting Duke Ellington’s Controversial ‘Sacred Concert’
› SF Weekly: SFJAZZ salutes 50th anniversary of Ellington’s ‘Sacred’ concert
› Sanctified By Jazz: Music at Grace Cathedral by Jesse Hamlin
› A Concert Of Sacred Music, 50 Years Later
› Photography Collection: Through The Years: SFJAZZ at Grace Cathedral
› Event Photos (by Ronald Davis)

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