When you include The Bushnell in your will or estate plans, you will be welcomed into The Bushnell Legacy Society – a group of individuals whose generosity will impact the community for generations to come! And by supporting The Bushnell’s future, you are enriching our entire region by providing a home for the performing arts, a center for community activity, a standard-bearer in arts education and a leader in the revitalization of our city.

Members are permanently recognized on the beautiful Legacy Wall located in the second level lobby outside of Belding Theater and every fall are invited to A Celebration of Giving, a special dinner hosted by President and CEO, David Fay, honoring our most inspired supporters.

If you have already included The Bushnell in your estate plans, please let us know. We would be delighted to thank you personally, welcome you into The Bushnell Legacy Society and learn your wishes regarding your gift.

There are many ways to make an estate or planned gift, click on any of the links below to learn more. For more information or to speak with us in confidence about joining The Bushnell Legacy Society, please contact us directly.

When creating any estate gift for The Bushnell, we encourage you to speak with your legal and financial advisors.

DID YOU KNOW…that The Bushnell’s very first estate gift was made by our founder, Dotha Bushnell Hillyer? (She was The Reverend Horace Bushnell’s very savvy, very generous daughter.) You can do what Dotha did, when you include a gift for The Bushnell in your estate plans…and we’ll think you’re pretty special, too!

The Libassi Fund for Innovation

See how Peter and Mary Fran are making a difference

“From the typewriter to the computer and the propeller to the jet engine, from insurance to financial services and the bicycle to the electric car, our nation has thrived because of innovation”, says Peter Libassi when speaking about The Libassi Fund for Innovation, an endowed fund that he and his wife, Mary Fran, have created for The Bushnell. Full story »


By including a bequest to The Bushnell in your will, you can enrich and delight future generations. It’s simple to do, too – by designating a specific dollar amount or asset, or a percentage of your estate.

Retirement Assets

It’s easy to make a legacy gift to The Bushnell by using a qualified retirement plan like a 401(K), 403(B) or Individual Retirement Account (IRA), among others


With a Charitable Gift Annuity, you can take care of The Bushnell and yourself at the same time! When you establish a gift annuity with The Bushnell, you make a gift (and receive a charitable tax deduction) now and receive a steady stream of income from the gift annuity during the lifetime(s) of up to two annuitants. Your fixed annual payments are backed by the assets of The Bushnell.

Charitable Remainder Trust

In a Charitable Remainder Trust, your assets – cash, securities, real estate, or other appreciated property -- are transferred irrevocably to a trust and managed by an independent trustee either for life or for a term of years.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance can be used to make a gift to The Bushnell in a variety of ways.

Other Gift Types

There are so many ways through which you can leave your unique philanthropic legacy for future generations through Charitable Lead Trusts, Real Estate, or Business Interests.

Estate Giving FAQ

Answers to common questions about estate giving.