Ways to Give


You may opt for a one-time gift to WYSO via our fast, easy, and secure online giving platform. Gifts of personal checks or money orders are also appreciated. Please direct all mailed gifts to: Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras / P.O. Box 258039 / Madison, WI 53725

WYSO Monthly is a great way to give WYSO sustained support by spreading out a donation over a year and using our online donation portal. Simply select “Monthly” and your giving level and we’ll take it from there!

Using Appreciated Securities

Did you know that a direct donation of appreciated securities is a tax efficient way to support WYSO?

If you donate stock (or other securities) that has increased in value since you bought it more than a year ago—and you itemize deductions—you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day of the gift. You’ll also avoid capital-gains taxes—the tax on the appreciation in value from when you purchased the security compared to the current market value—which you would have to pay if you sold the stock and then donated the cash proceeds.

In other words: WYSO gets a great gift, and you get a tax-deduction! Please contact Zack Robbins, WYSO Development Director, for more information.

Contributing from an IRA Account

If you are over the age of 70 ½ years old, you may contribute directly from a qualified IRA account to WYSO and reduce your taxable income immediately.

One of the key benefits of the direct charitable contribution from your IRA is that the distribution counts towards your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). The RMD is money the IRS requires you to withdraw, and by transferring it directly to WYSO you won’t be forced to pay income tax on it. You may contribute more than your RMD to charity as long as you do not exceed $100,000 in a calendar year.

In other words: You can decrease your tax liability dollar for dollar by contributing RMD dollars directly to WYSO! WYSO gets a generous gift and you lower your tax liability! Please contact Zack Robbins, WYSO Development Director, for more information.

Contributing from a Donor Advised Fund

Did you know that a donor-advised fund could allow you to make contributions to WYSO on your preferred schedule while also maximizing the tax benefit of your donations? A donor-advised fund is a dedicated charitable account that acts like your own personal charitable foundation, without all of the overhead of a private foundation.

By front-loading several years of charitable donations into a single tax year gift to your donor-advised fund, you can realize the tax benefits from itemized deductions while also maintaining the freedom to make charitable gifts as you see fit. Want to know more about Donor Advised Funds and whether they make sense for you? Please feel free to reach out!

In other words: Planning ahead allows WYSO to benefit from your generosity for years to come and you become eligible for a larger tax-deduction! Please contact Zack Robbins, WYSO Development Director, for more information.

Marvin Rabin Legacy Society

The Marvin Rabin Legacy Society recognizes individuals and families who have placed the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Foundation in their estate plans. WYSO invites you to become a member and help ensure the future of WYSO’s high-quality orchestral training and performance opportunities. WYSO is grateful for all planned gifts, whatever their size. Notify us that you have included WYSO in your estate plans, or contact us if you are interested in learning more about possible year-end tax advantages of various planned giving opportunities. Please contact Bridget Fraser , WYSO Executive Director, for more information.


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