Utah Symphony | Utah Opera relies on the generous support of our wonderful community of donors to fulfill our mission to connect the community through great live music. Contributions from donors like you make it possible to stage world-class performances and provide professional music education experiences throughout Utah. We are here because of you and for you – thank you!

Tax-Savvy Ways to Give


A donor-advised fund (DAF), which is like a charitable savings account, allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes.

How it works

You can easily set up a donor-advised fund through a community foundation or your financial institution. When you contribute to your DAF, you’ll receive an immediate tax deduction, and then you can recommend grants from the fund to charitable organizations (like USUO!) over time.

Why a DAF could be right for you

  • DAFs allow you to donate cash, stock, and other assets as charitable gifts over several years
  • You may schedule recurring gifts at regular intervals
  • You may make USUO the beneficiary of your DAF and create a legacy
  • DAFs provide a flexible and easy method of giving if you support multiple charities
  • DAFs can be used to complement or replace a private foundation

Please be advised that donors who give through a donor-advised fund are legally restricted from receiving more than incidental benefits associated with their contribution.


If you are 70 ½ or older, you can directly transfer funds from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a qualified charitable organization (like USUO!).

How it works

You can contact your IRA trustee to request a direct transfer to USUO. Individuals may transfer up to $100,000 per year; couples may transfer up to $200,000 per year. Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) may be made electronically, directly to the charity, or by check payable to the charity.

Why a QCD could be right for you

    • QCDs satisfy all or part of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) which begin the year you turn 73
    • QCDs are tax-free (normally, IRA distributions are taxable when you receive the funds)

Donating appreciated securities like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds can be an easy and tax-savvy way to support the music you love.

Why a stock gift could be right for you

  • Your gift can have a larger impact at less cost
  • Avoid capital gains tax & deduct the full fair market value of the appreciated asset

Giving Cash Assets


Donating online is an instant and simple way to give. Your fully tax-deductible contribution will go to work immediately to support our mission to connect the community through great live music.


Please make your check payable to Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and mail it to:
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
ATTN: Development Department
123 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

You may also donate by phone at 801-869-9200.


You can transfer your contribution directly from your bank account to USUO’s account. Follow the simple instructions below to complete a transfer and make an impact now.

Making Your Generosity Go Further


Visit our planned giving page to learn more about the many ways you can leave a lasting impact on the arts in our community.

If you’ve already included USUO in your estate plan, thank you! Please let us know by completing this brief form.


Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees and retirees. With most of these programs offering one-to-one matches, you could double the impact of your gift!

Ask your employer if a matching gift program is available.

Additional Ways to Support


If you are not able to use your tickets, you can donate them back for a tax-deductible contribution!


Donate your time by joining our wonderful team of volunteers!


Learn more about institutional sponsorship opportunities.

Donor Benefits

As a token of our appreciation for your generous support, we offer exciting donor benefits to those who give $50 or more.

Helpful Resources

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Tax ID Number: 51-0145980


Please contact Donor Services at 801-869-9200 with any questions or feedback. We are happy to do what we can to make your experience giving to USUO as easy as possible and to help you accomplish your philanthropic goals. You may also contact members of our development team directly.

Important: This webpage is intended to provide general information. Please consult your legal, tax, or financial advisors to determine which method of giving is best for you.