Other Ways to Give - Detroit Opera

In addition to our Annual Fund & DiChiera Society, the David DiChiera Artistic Fund, Planned Giving, and Sponsorship Opportunities, you can also support Detroit Opera through the following ways:

Gifts of Stock

One of the most cost-effective ways to support Detroit Opera is with shares of stock that have increased in value since their purchase or acquisition. Generally, you may be entitled to claim a charitable tax deduction for the current market value of the stock, and may pay no capital gains tax on any appreciation.

Click here for Stock Transfer Instructions.

70 1/2 or Older? Consider a Tax-Wise Gift from Your IRA

When you make a contribution to Detroit Opera directly from your IRA, you make a statement about your love for opera and dance while making a tax-efficient gift.

As you may know, the IRA Rollover Law has been permanently extended. This means that you can make a distribution to Detroit Opera from your IRA without paying income taxes on the contribution; however, the contribution does not qualify as a charitable gift for tax purposes. There are specific requirements:

  • You must be at least 70.5 years old.
  • You must decline goods or services.
  • Your rollover may not exceed $100,000.

To make a gift, please send a letter to your IRA administrator requesting a direct charitable distribution to Detroit Opera in the amount you wish to donate.

The letter should include Detroit Opera's Tax ID number: 38-205-2726

Click here for more about the requirements and restrictions for making an IRA charitable rollover gift.

Here are the steps to take to make a gift:

  • If you want to make a qualifying transfer, contact your IRA administrator and instruct that person to transfer funds to Detroit Opera.
  • Contact our office. We will answer your questions and provide instructions for completing your gift.

To complete your transfer, please contact:
Angela Nelson-Heesch, Director of Development
313.237.3416 | anelsonheesch@detroitopera.org

Matching Gifts

Many Michigan companies help support Detroit Opera through their Matching Gifts Programs. We are grateful to the employees at those companies who choose Detroit Opera as the recipient of their gifts and are grateful to the companies who offer those programs.

Click here for a list of participating companies!

For more information, please contact:
Angela Nelson-Heesch, Director of Development
313.237.3416 | anelsonheesch@detroitopera.org

Tribute Gifts

Honor or memorialize someone special with a tribute donation to Detroit Opera.

If you know someone who loves opera or dance, a donation to support Detroit Opera in their honor can be a perfect gift! We often receive gifts in memory of loved ones, honoring birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, or even just to thank a friend. When you make a tribute donation, we will send you a receipt for your tax-deductible gift and send an acknowledgment to the person/people you choose to honor. Gifts may be of any size and those of $25 or more will be listed in the Detroit Opera program book.

Click here to make a tribute gift online.

For assistance or for more information, contact:
Angela Nelson-Heesch - Director of Development
313.237.3416 | anelsonheesch@detroitopera.org



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All AmazonSmile Donations benefit the Detroit Opera's Chorus.

Buy a Brick

Show your support by purchasing a permanent, personalized brick on the sidewalk outside of the Detroit Opera House! Bricks can even be purchased to commemorate a special occasion, surprise a loved one, or display your business name and logo. Buy a brick in the Detroit Opera House Plaza today and help pave the way for Detroit’s future.

Detroit Opera’s restoration of the Detroit Opera House became a historic catalyst in the revitalization of Detroit’s celebrated Theatre and Entertainment District. Here’s your chance to have a family member, business, or even your pet’s name built permanently into the walkway of Opera House Plaza. Whether you are honoring a friend or celebrating a special occasion, personalized bricks make the perfect gift.

A contribution of $100 will buy a standard 4” x 8” brick engraved with your name or personal message. A $350 contribution will buy an 8” x 8” engraved brick. On a 16″ x 16″ paver for $2,000, the message can be custom designed and include company logo/artwork and typeface design.

To buy a brick, please contact Christy Gray, Office Administrator, at 313.237.5307 or cgray@detroitopera.org.

Or download our Buy-A-Brick form!