Planned Giving


The Des Moines Playhouse Future Stages Society Gifts ensure the curtain will always go up at the Playhouse.

A great play can touch your soul or give you a much-needed belly laugh. A great class can unleash the imagination or discover hidden talent. At the Playhouse, we have been putting on great plays for nearly ten decades. You can join the Future Stages Society by including the Playhouse in your will or estate plans. With your help, we can make sure the curtain goes up for another 100 years.

You don’t need to be rich to leave a lasting legacy. You can provide for your heirs, gain important tax benefits, and even receive an income now by making a thoughtful planned gift.

Examples of planned gifts include:

  • A Bequest in Your Will: Writing or changing your will is easy and ensures that the people and places you love will be taken care of in the future. Simple bequest language can designate a specific amount, a percentage or the remainder of your estate to the theatre. The size of your taxable estate will be reduced, perhaps making it possible for your heirs to actually receive more of your estate.
  • Gift of Retirement Plan Assets: Retirement plan assets may include a gift of an individual retirement account (IRA), 401(k), 403(b) or Keogh plan. Transferring assets to the Playhouse may avoid both income and estate taxes.
  • Gift of Life Insurance Policy: Name the Playhouse as an owner or beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy or purchase a new policy to benefit the theatre.
  • Gifts with Retained Income: There are a number of methods of giving that can provide you or your loved ones with immediate income along with current and future tax savings. In an uncertain economy, these types of gifts can be valuable tools for managing your assets and annual income.

Why is it important to notify the Playhouse of your planned gift? Letting us know you have made a planned gift helps us better understand your dreams for the Playhouse’s future, and gives us the chance to thank you now. Most importantly, your gift may inspire others.

What Future Stages Members Have to Say:

  • Lloyd Von Hagen has a long history with the Playhouse. In fact, he is our official historian. “The Playhouse: now that’s real theatre to me,” he says, his eyes sparkling. “After all the time and fun we’ve invested here, it only makes sense to name the Playhouse in our estate plans.”
  • Allison Engel is a former president of the Playhouse board, now living in California. She has named the Playhouse as a beneficiary of her life insurance policy. “The Playhouse is small enough that a gift of $10,000 can make a huge difference, as opposed to a big institution where it’s just a drop in the bucket.”

For more detailed information about any of these planned giving opportunities, contact Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy, at (515) 974-5370. Requests for information are confidential and do not imply an obligation.