Ann Williams Legacy Society
When Ann Williams started Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1976, she did not know it would become Dallas’ largest dance company or the nation’s fourth largest African American dance company. She started it with the simple goal of inspiring minority children to see themselves as professional dancers. From that vision, a legacy of inclusion, collaboration, and artistic excellence has transformed the dance world.
Norma and Don Stone
The Stone’s have supported the organization’s annual fund for nearly a decade at a leadership level. In 2016, Norma and Don Stone elected to add Dallas Black Dance Theatre to their will to ensure its sustainability and undergird its strong fiscal and management policies. The Stone’s made the first known planned gift to Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
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Annabelle "Tina" Brown
Annabelle “Tina” Brown attended several performances by the company and fell in love. She named Dallas Black Dance Theatre as a beneficiary in her will so that at-risk children could attend performances and experience the transformative power of dance. Her gift to the organization was fulfilled in 2017 and was the organization’s first known bequest.
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Now you can be a part of Ann Williams’ legacy by joining the Ann Williams Legacy Society. Including Dallas Black Dance Theatre as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy magnifies the organization’s impact in the community and ensures the longevity of Dallas’ oldest professional dance company for generations to come.
Joining the Ann Williams Legacy Society means joining an exclusive group of peers committed to the long-term sustainability of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Benefits of Society members include an annual Legacy Luncheon and quarterly events, such as open rehearsals and specialized wealth planning seminars.
Supporters who join the Society by December 2018 earn the special distinction of Charter Member, a designation that will be recognized in all Dallas Black Dance Theatre materials.
PLAN YOUR GIFT
You can only join the Society by planning a future gift to Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Gifts can be made by adding the organization as a beneficiary to your retirement plan or life insurance policy or by including Dallas Black Dance Theatre in your will or charitable trust.
You can add Dallas Black Dance Theatre as a beneficiary in your will. Simply designate that a percentage or specific dollar amount from your estate be contributed to the nonprofit tax-exempt organization. When possible, please use the following language in a will: “[percent/amount] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate be made as an unrestricted gift for general purposes to Dallas Black Dance Theatre.”
Please note that Dallas Black Dance Theatre currently only accepts gifts of stock or cash from estates. All other assets must be liquidated before receipt.
Any retirement plan you have also asks that you name beneficiaries in the event that you have benefits available. Adding Dallas Black Dance Theatre as a beneficiary to your retirement plan is easy. Contact the company that holds your plan and ask to add a beneficiary. They will send you a form, and you can designate a percentage to Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Life Insurance Policy
You can add Dallas Black Dance Theatre as a beneficiary to your current life insurance policy, or you can secure an additional policy that designates the organization as the beneficiary. Contact your current policyholder to update your beneficiaries. If you would like to open a new policy, our development staff can recommend insurance companies to contact.
If you would like more information on how to designate Dallas Black Dance Theatre in your charitable trust, please contact our development office. If you would like more information on how to set up a charitable trust, our development staff can suggest wealth advisors to contact. Dallas Black Dance Theatre does not currently facilitate charitable trusts.
Please remember to consult your own financial advisor and/or attorney when planning charitable gifts.
Contact Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Development Staff for more information or to join the Ann Williams Legacy Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 871-2376.