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Bequests, deferred gifts and other estate planning – or planned gifts – represent a unique and mutually beneficial way of giving. When you make a planned gift to COCA, you are supporting the work of a nationally recognized arts center, the expertise of a dedicated and talented faculty, and, most importantly, the creative potential of all of our students – both children and adults – beyond today.

We believe that hands-on learning in the arts is the best way to develop the creative capacity of people, and that it is essential to the vibrancy of our communities and to the success of the next generation.

Planned giving is an excellent way to support COCA’s work and the legacy and longevity of the organization, while ensuring your own financial security and that of your family. Preparing now will help ensure that the people and causes important to you are remembered.

Members of the COCA Legacy Circle receive: Invitations to exclusive Legacy Circle events, onsite recognition, and recognition in publications showcasing COCA’s work in the community.

Planned giving options for your consideration:

  • Will or Living Trust
    COCA is named as a beneficiary in your will or trust.
  • Life Insurance Policy
    COCA is the recipient or a named beneficiary of a policy.
  • Payable on Death Account
    Any account where you name COCA as a beneficiary.
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    Transfer of property or cash to COCA in exchange for lifelong annuity payments to you or a loved one while at the same time receiving potential tax benefits.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
    Cash or assets to a trust where beneficiaries are named and receive benefits with the remainder then benefitting COCA.

If you have decided to include COCA in your estate plans, the following language may be helpful as you prepare your documents and will help ensure COCA receives your generous gift. Please consult your professional advisors for your tax, legal and specific needs.

Sample Bequest Language
I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath COCA – Center of Creative Arts, located at 524 Trinity Avenue, in St. Louis, MO 63130 (EIN 43-1395056), the sum of $_____ [or all or ____% percentage of the residue of my estate] to be used for its unrestricted use and purpose.

If you have already included COCA in your estate plans, thank you for your generosity. We hope you will notify us of your decision.

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