Planned Giving

Those patrons devoted to classical music and to the Wheeling Symphony can help guarantee the future of both – by naming the WSO as a beneficiary of a bequest or other deferred gift. In addition, the WSO encourages donors to remember the Orchestra when assigning beneficiaries of charitable gift annuities, life insurance, charitable trusts, retained life estates and retirement accounts.

Donors who have made a provision in their estate plans for the WSO, and have advised the organization of such plans, are recognized by membership in the Wheeling Symphony Heritage Society. All realized deferred gifts of Heritage Society members are placed in the WSO Endowment, which will allow the orchestra to continue to make beautiful music for many years to come.

The WSO is honored to recognize the following individuals as members of the Wheeling Symphony Heritage Society:

Heritage Society Members:

  • Anonymous
  • Audrey E. Ciripompa
  • Charles H. Dankworth IV †
  • Leslie P. DeFelice
  • James D. Drum †
  • Robert Richmond Fisher
  • Mary Beth Hughes
  • Ann M. Kline †
  • Calvin Matzke
  • Dr. & Mrs. E. Phillips Polack
  • Lea Ridenhour
  • Ken & Philippa Shores
  • Ms. Jo Ann Stoetzer
  • Kevin Stryker
  • Mr. Gene C. Valentine

After consultation with your personal financial advisor, Wheeling Symphony Development Director Dr. Gail Looney looks forward to speaking with you about your commitment to the Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc. with a planned gift. Please contact Dr. Looney at 304.232.6191.

Charitable Gift Annuities

One of the most popular and affordable of the life income gift vehicles is the charitable gift annuity. Simply defined, a charitable gift annuity requires assets be irrevocably transferred to an annuity account in exchange for specified payments to selected beneficiaries for life. The remainder amount assigned would be gifted, in this case, to the Wheeling Symphony.

By establishing a charitable gift annuity, you can invest in the future of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra while providing you with a guaranteed fixed income. Additional benefits include a charitable tax deduction and partially tax-free income. Following are the current rates for immediate, single-life charitable gift annuities. Two life and deffered rates are also available upon request.

Rates for Immediate, Single-Life Charitable Gift Annuity

For more information about charitable gift annuities, the Wheeling Symphony Heritage Society, or any planned giving vehicle, please contact Executive Director Bruce A. Wheeler or Development Director Dr.Gail Looney at 304.232.6191 or by writing:
Wheeling Symphony – Development Office
1025 Main Street, Suite 811
Wheeling, WV 26003