End-of-Year Giving Instructions

2018 End-of-Year Giving Instructions
Thank you for considering a gift to the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, or Tanglewood as part of your contributions. Depending on the type of gift and the method of its delivery, the due date to claim a charitable deduction in calendar year 2018 will differ. For specific information, please see the information below regarding your intended contribution.

To make a credit card gift online, visit www.bso.org/contribute. All credit card gifts must be submitted by 11:59pm on December 31, 2018 to count toward a 2018 tax deduction. Online credit card gifts are processed at the time that the gift is submitted.

To make a credit card gift by phone, please call the Friends Office at 617-638-9276. The Friends Office will be open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm during the month of December, with the exception of Tuesday, December 25, when the Friends Office will be closed. In addition, the Friends Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1 and return to regular business hours (9am to 5pm) on Wednesday, January 2.

Credit card gifts made over the phone must be processed by 4pm on Monday, December 31 to count toward a 2018 tax deduction. Otherwise, you can make your credit card gift online through 11:59pm on December 31.

You may make a gift by sending a check made out to Boston Symphony Orchestra to:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Attention: Heather Laplante
Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

All gifts by check must be postmarked by December 31 to count toward a 2018 tax deduction.

For instructions on donating gifts of securities, please contact Maggie Zhong, 617-638-9216 or mzhong@bso.org (email is preferred method of communication).

Please be prepared to provide the following information:
Full name of the Donor(s)
Name of the stock to be gifted
Number of shares
Designation of gift
Broker's name, company, and contact number

All gifts of securities must be received by the BSO by Monday, December 31, 2018 to count toward a 2018 tax deduction.

For electronic transfer gifts of cash, please contact Jim P. Daley, Accounting Manager, at 617-638-9221 or jpdaley@bso.org (email is preferred method of communication) for instructions.

All gifts of cash by electronic transfer must be received by the BSO by Monday, December 31, 2018 to count toward a 2018 tax deduction.

Are you looking for a tax-effective way to make a gift to the BSO? A charitable gift rollover from your Individual retirement account (IRA) may be your best option.

The IRA Charitable Rollover Act permits people age 70½ or older to make tax-free gifts of up to $100,000 directly from their IRAs to nonprofit organizations like the BSO. If the BSO receives your gift by December 31, 2018, you can count the gift as part of your minimum distribution for 2018.

For more detailed information, including a sample letter to your IRA administrator, click here.

If you are interested in making a gift to the Boston Symphony Orchestra from your IRA, please contact:

Heather Laplante
Assistant Director of Development Information Systems