The Bel Canto Legacy Society of San Francisco Opera

Marilyn Horne
Honorary Chairwoman

Honoring benefactors who have created bequests, charitable trusts, and other planned gifts that leave a lasting legacy for San Francisco Opera

Founded in 1991, the Bel Canto Legacy Society honors and thanks those individuals who have made bequests or other planned gifts to benefit the San Francisco Opera Association. The Society now numbers more than 300 living members (counting those who have chosen to remain anonymous) and includes some of the Opera's closest, most farsighted, and most generous friends.

Your planned gifts, whether large or small, demonstrate your deep commitment to San Francisco Opera, provide a continuing source of financial support for the Company, and have a profound and lasting impact on its programs. The members of our Bel Canto Legacy Society, through their thoughtful foresight and generosity, play a key role in ensuring the Opera’s long-term growth and continued success in the future as America's most vital and exciting opera company.

Examples of planned gifts and bequests include:

  • Gifts of any amount to San Francisco Opera Association through a will provision
  • Gifts through a revocable living trust
  • 401(k), IRA, SEP or similar retirement plan beneficiary designations
  • Gifts to the San Francisco Opera Pooled Income Fund
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Life insurance policy beneficiary designations
  • Retained life estates

Members of the Bel Canto Legacy Society are entitled to special benefits, which currently include:

  • Acknowledgement in Opera publications (unless you have requested to remain anonymous)
  • Invitation to the annual Bel Canto Legacy Society tea
  • Invitations to other exclusive events for Bel Canto Legacy Society members
  • A handsome Bel Canto Legacy Society pin—a badge of distinction

How to Join

You can join the Bel Canto Legacy Society now by completing our online Enrollment Form.

Legacy Giving

Mark S. Jones
Director of Endowment and Legacy Giving
Phone: (415) 565-3206

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