A strong endowment ensures financial stability by providing a permanent source of funding. The endowment allows the Straz Center to stretch artistically, enhance its educational programs, and maintain and expand its state-of-the-art facility.

You may have a special interest at the Center and wish to support a specific activity. With a restricted gift, you can direct your support to the Capital Fund, Education Fund, Program Fund, Opera Tampa Fund, or the Scholarship Fund. Another great way to provide an unrestricted gift is to endow your annual contribution.

Contact Julie Britton or call 813.222.1035 for more information.

Planned Giving

You can add your own legacy at the Straz Center by committing an estate gift, bequest, gift of insurance or many other types of a deferred contribution to the Center. When you notify us of your intention, we will have an opportunity to thank you and, if you wish, recognize your generosity as a member of the Ovation Society.

For more information on Planned Giving, go here.

The information in this site will assist you in your charitable estate and gift planning. The Straz Center has knowledgeable experts on staff who will be pleased to work with you and your professional financial advisor to design a plan that is advantageous to you and the Center.

Naming Opportunities

Your gift may be used to establish a permanent endowment fund for a specific purpose at the Straz Center.  Named endowment gifts offer special opportunities to honor the donor’s family, a loved one, or one’s self. Funds will help the Straz Center to accomplish artistic and educational goals, as well as help to meet the challenges of a complex business environment.

Naming opportunities include: Physical Space, Endowed Scholarships, Educational Departments at the Patel Conservatory, Endowed Chairs, and Theater Seats.

For more information on naming opportunities, contact Julie Britton or call 813.222.1035.

Ovation Society

The Straz Center Ovation Society recognizes individuals who have chosen to support the endowment by including the Center in their wills or other planned gifts that will benefit us later. For confidential gift planning information, contact Julie Britton or call 813.222.1035.

Rachel Lisi Ticket Subsidy Fund

Rachel Lisi, a beloved member of the Lisi family and the Straz Center staff, passed away on Nov. 10, 2010.  To honor her memory, a devoted group of Straz Center donors and employees pooled their resources to establish The Rachel Lisi Ticket Subsidy Fund, an endowed fund that assists poor and underserved individuals and families by providing tickets to Straz Center performances.

For additional information please contact Julie Britton or call 813.222.1035.

Professional Advisory Council

The Professional Advisory Council on Planned Giving comprises estate attorneys, financial planning professionals and accountants who are passionate about the arts and are willing to advise the Straz Center on matters of planned giving.  Advisors also share their enthusiasm and knowledge about the Center with colleagues and clients when appropriate.

For additional information please contact Julie Britton or call 813.222.1035.

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