Bequest Language

General-Purpose Bequest

Simple, straightforward, unrestricted. The Metropolitan Opera is especially grateful for these outright bequests that may be used immediately where most needed, at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Sample general-purpose bequest clause to give to your attorney.


Special-Purpose Bequest

You may earmark your bequest for other special programs that meet particular needs of the Met. Please, though, be sure not to make the wording so specific that your gift couldn’t be used if future circumstances change. There are a number of activities for which the Met seeks special funding; please check with the Planned Giving office to confirm that this list is up to date.

Click here to learn more about our special funds.

Sample special-purpose bequest clause to give to your attorney.

Sample media broadcasts bequest clause to give to your attorney.


Endowment Bequest

You may also contribute to the Metropolitan Opera’s endowment. Endowment gifts are held and invested to provide ongoing support to the Met, for both general and special purposes.

An endowment gift of $100,000 or more may be used to create a named fund in your own name or to honor the memory of a loved one. Your gift becomes a lasting symbol of the bond between the Metropolitan Opera and those who are forever honored.

If you want to establish a named endowment fund or designate your gift for some special purpose, we will be pleased to help you and your attorney tailor the language to suit your particular wishes and the needs of the Metropolitan Opera. Because of the permanency of an endowment gift, be sure to contact us before you complete your will.

Click here to learn more about endowed gifts.

Sample endowment bequest clause to give to your attorney.

Federal Tax Information
Your lawyer may ask you for some essential tax information about the Metropolitan Opera. The Met’s full legal name is the “Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.," although "The Metropolitan Opera" is also registered with the State of New York and may be used in legal documents. The Association is a public charity exempt from income, gift, and estate taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its federal tax identification number is 13-1624087.



Office of Planned Giving
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, New York 10023
Telephone: 212-870-7388
Tax ID number: 13-1624087