Dream Big

Our dream at Austin Classical Guitar is a world where music is here for everyone, connecting us, inspiring us, and bringing joy and meaning wherever it goes.
If you share our dream, we hope you will consider making a gift to support our programs and services. You can also learn about other ways to get involved using the links below.

 

Our 2022 Fall Fund Drive is under way!
Your gift today will help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 before our new season opens on September 24.

Support ACG with a one-time gift or set up a recurring monthly donation!

Donors to ACG are eligible for membership benefits for one year after their most recent gift, including the best prices on concert tickets and invitations to special member-only events.

Use the form below to make a tax-deductible gift to ACG by credit card, or call us at (512) 300-2247. You are also welcome to send a check to P.O. Box 4072, Austin, Texas, 78765.

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The Javier Niño Memorial Scholarship Fund at Austin Classical Guitar exists to honor the memory of a wonderful young man who brought joy through beauty and kindness to countless people during his lifetime, and to support young classical guitarists in Austin, Texas—through scholarship lessons and other means—who show great promise and who will benefit from access to expert instruction and mentorship.

Click here to learn more and to contribute to the fund.

Matching Gifts

Make your gift to ACG go even further! Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees, sometimes even doubling the initial gift. We invite you to use our Matching Gift search tool below to see if your company has a matching gift program, and to access instructions and forms to submit a request. You can also check with your HR Department.

If we should be expecting a matching gift from your employer we’d love to hear about it! Please email us at matchinggifts@austinclassicalguitar.org to let us know.

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Our Information

Some details you may need when submitting your matching gift request:

Our EIN:
74-2595883

Our mailing address:
Austin Classical Guitar
PO Box 4072
Austin, TX 78765

Our contact info:
(512) 300-2247
development@austinclassicalguitar.org

At Austin Classical Guitar we love to find creative ways to partner with businesses and individuals who share our belief in the power of music to change lives.

2022-23 Business Partnership Opportunities

The Austin Classical Guitar Endowment Fund

We established the ACG Endowment Fund at the Austin Community Foundation in 2015 to support ACG’s vision of serving our community long into the future.

Donations made to the fund are invested in order to generate revenue for ACG year after year.

Depending on your philanthropic passions, you can specify how you would like your endowment gift to be used. ACG has a wide range of naming opportunities as well. Email us or call (512) 300-2247 to learn more.

Click here to contribute directly to the ACG Endowment Fund at the Austin Community Foundation.

Gift & Estate Planning: The Legacy Circle

We are profoundly grateful for the trust and belief of dear friends who choose to include Austin Classical Guitar as part of their estate or other long-term financial plans. Our Legacy Circle was created to honor these individuals and their deep commitment to ACG and its future.

Below are some of the ways you can support ACG through a planned gift. There are other creative options available. Please get in touch with any questions, and if you have already designated ACG as a beneficiary of your estate, we would love to hear about it so we can recognize your support and include you in Legacy Circle events.

Email James or call (512) 300-2247.
For your reference, ACG’s Tax ID is 74-2595883

Wills and Living Trusts

The most popular planned gift is a bequest made through a Will or Living Trust. Bequests are usually a set dollar amount or a percentage of an estate that is given to the nonprofit upon the donor’s passing. You can include a bequest to ACG in a new will or living trust, or add it to an existing one through a simple amendment called a “codicil.” Charitable gifts must be made from your estate or living trust with specific language. Here is the suggested bequest language:

“I give and bequeath to AUSTIN CLASSICAL GUITAR $ ____ (or ___ %).”

Gifts of Stock

Donating appreciated shares of stock benefits you and ACG! You will receive an income tax deduction equal to the full market value of the stock at the time of transfer, and avoid paying capital gains taxes on any increase in the stock’s value since you bought it. Interested? We invite you or your broker to contact us for transfer instructions or any questions.

Retirement Accounts, Life Insurance & Annuities

You can choose to designate ACG as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your Life Insurance policy or your IRA, 401K, or other retirement plan. These assets do not flow through your Will or Living Trust; the proceeds go directly to ACG, and are exempt from estate taxes.

  • Retirement accounts are tax-deferred; taxes are not due until the money is withdrawn.
  • Annuities work in a similar fashion.
  • Life Insurance is income tax free.

All of these may also be subject to estate taxes if your estate qualifies.

None of these assets flow through your Will or Living Trust, they go directly to your beneficiary.

Here’s how to name us as a beneficiary if you choose to:

Primary Beneficiary:    AUSTIN CLASSICAL GUITAR (__%) 

or

Contingent Beneficiary: AUSTIN CLASSICAL GUITAR (__%)

Gifts from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

If you are 70 1/2 or older, you are required to take distributions from your IRA each year. These funds are normally taxable, but through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (also known as IRA Rollovers), you can donate all or part of your required distribution to charity, up to $100,000 annually, and pay no taxes.

Bank and Investment Accounts

It is also possible to transfer the assets from your bank, credit union and regular (Non-IRA) accounts. You can do this by putting a POD (Payable on Death) or TOD (Transfer on Death) designation on those accounts to Austin Classical Guitar. Your financial institution will be able to assist with this.

Gift of Real Estate

With a gift of real estate to ACG you can further our mission while removing a significant tax burden from your estate. You can even donate your house to us now and continue living there, while receiving the benefits of a large income tax deduction and no capital gains tax due on the transfer.

Before you begin the process of donating real estate, please contact us to make sure we will be able to accept your generous gift.

Gift Annuities and Charitable Trusts

A Charitable Gift Annuity is a way to make a donation to ACG at your passing, receive a lifetime of income and get an income tax deduction. There are also special trusts called a Charitable Remainder Trust which works much like a Gift Annuity but is more suitable for larger gifts.

 

The information above is not intended to be used as legal or tax advice. Contact your own appropriate advisors to discuss the benefits and effects of any particular charitable & tax strategy.

Gifts of Stock
Donating appreciated shares of stock can be beneficial – for you and ACG. You will receive an income tax deduction equal to the full market value of the stock at the time of transfer, as well as reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes. It’s a win-win!
Interested? We invite you or your financial advisor to contact us for transfer details or any questions. Email James Fidlon or call (512) 300-2247.

Qualified Charitable Distribution
If you are over 70 1/2 years old and have an IRA, you can lower the tax burden from your annual required minimum distribution by designating a gift to support ACG. You’ll pay no taxes on the amount you give.
There are some guidelines you’ll need to follow to when making a Qualified Charitable Distribution. Read more here, and speak with your financial advisor.

AmazonSmile
Visit AmazonSmile, login to your Amazon account, and select Austin Classical Guitar as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations. Amazon will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to ACG!

Create a Personal Campaign!
Did you know you can create a Facebook fundraiser that will encourage your friends to donate to Austin Classical Guitar? Click here to learn how you can spread the word about ACG’s work changing lives through the power of music!

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