Meet Our Donors

Encore Society:
The Encore Society, our planned giving program, gives you the opportunity to create a lasting legacy beyond your lifetime, by supporting ongoing artistic and educational programs for years to come. You can create a legacy that allows you to perform an encore. Members also receive exclusive benefits and even special behind-the-scenes access at The Smith Center.

Financial Advisors Network:
The Financial Advisors Network (FAN) is an exclusive group of professional advisors, including accountants, bankers, certified life underwriters, attorneys, stock brokers, and others who advocate for the sustainable future of The Smith Center and its planned giving programs. In addition, the Financial Advisors Network provides educational opportunities on current planned giving tools and vehicles.


Read Our Donors' Stories

Krista and Rick Darnold

Las Vegas Couple Supports Future of the Arts with Planned Giving

Krista and Rick Darnold started to focus on estate planning when they were just 35 and 45 years old. The Las Vegas couple made certain to include planned giving donations in this process. Read More

Allison Bonanno

Planning for Tomorrow

Allison Bonanno might be one of the most passionate members of The Encore Society at The Smith Center, an exclusive group of donors who contribute with planned gifts. Read More

Erik Novikof and Judy Peatrowsky

Career-Driven Couple Looks Ahead with Planned Giving

Both in their 40s and committed to enjoying full lives without children — yet still aspiring to leave a positive mark on the world — married couple Judy Peatrowsky and Erik Novikoff knew they needed to plan ahead for their hard-earned money. Read More

Jeffrey Burr

Las Vegas Attorney Jeffrey Burr Offers Guidance for Smith Center Supporters

Meet one of our newest FAN members, attorney Jeffrey Burr. Recognized as one of Nevada's top tax and estate planning attorneys, Burr is also a Certified Public Accountant. Read More

Margie and Steve Wilkinson

Creating a Legacy with Planned Giving

Neither Margie nor Steve Wilkinson grasped what the performing arts meant to their mothers when both women were alive. Read More

Judy and Ben

Vegas Couple Finds Peace of Mind with Planned Giving

When Las Vegas resident Judy and her husband Ben decided they wanted to leave their resources in a trust to something they believe in, it wasn't initially obvious what that would be. Read More


A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Smith Center a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to The Smith Center, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 361 Symphony Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to The Smith Center or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to The Smith Center as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to The Smith Center as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and The Smith Center where you agree to make a gift to The Smith Center and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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