Legacy Challenge Match

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The Legacy Challenge Match is a matching gift program that enables friends of Arena Stage to have an immediate impact when they make planned gifts to support the theater (e.g. via gifts in a will or living trust, retirement plan beneficiary designations, etc.). While these gifts cost you nothing now, when you document a planned gift to Arena Stage, you can immediately unlock Legacy Challenge matching funds! For every $10 of your pledged planned gift, $1 of Legacy Challenge matching funds (with a cap of $50,000) will be released for immediate use.

Make an impact now by documenting your planned gift today! We have $500,000 in unrestricted matching funds available on a first come, first served basis to any donor who documents a planned gift. The Legacy Challenge Match program has been extended to October 2022, or when the matching funds have been depleted.

This very generous match is being provided by close members of our Arena Family, former Board Chair Dick Snowdon and his wife, Katie, and current Board Chair Decker Anstrom and his wife, Sherry Hiemstra.



STEP 1 Name Arena Stage in your will or trust or as beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy or financial account.

STEP 2 Choose a specific amount or percentage of your estate.

STEP 3 Complete the Commitment Form and return to us.

For questions, contact Arena Stage’s gift planning specialist, Maya Weil, CAP® at 202-600-4158 or mweil@arenastage.org or consult your attorney.

Why Leave a Legacy?

Sue Benson has been an usher at Arena Stage for 15 years. Hear why why she has chosen to support the theater with a legacy gift.

FAQ's about Arena's Legacy Challenge Match

A gift in your will or estate plans can ensure that the programs you love at Arena are available for future generations. There are many creative ways to make a planned gift that ensure Arena’s future while providing benefits for you and your loved ones. The Full Circle Society allows us to celebrate planned giving donors throughout their lifetime with special opportunities including invitations to an annual appreciation event with Artistic Director Molly Smith.

For more information or to notify us of an existing planned gift, please submit the form below or contact Maya Weil at 202-600-4158 or at mweil@arenastage.org.

Planned Giving Inquiry Form

Ways to give – easy and smart!

If you choose to include Arena Stage in your estate plans, please provide your attorney with the following information: 

Legal Name: Washington Drama Society, Inc. (T/A Arena Stage)

Tax Identification #: 53-0246894

“We wanted to leave a legacy to places that were especially close to our hearts – and so Arena was right up there.”

— Frankie and Jerry Williamson

The Full Circle Society

Arena Stage gratefully acknowledges these individuals who ensure the future of Arena Stage by making a planned gift. These gifts assure that Arena Stage will continue to challenge, educate and entertain audiences and maintain its excellence in theater nationally and internationally for generations to come.

The Full Circle Society as of June 23, 2022

If you choose to include Arena Stage in your estate plans, please provide your attorney with the following information: 

Legal Name: Washington Drama Society, Inc. (T/A Arena Stage)

Tax Identification #: 53-0246894

Arena Stage is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and, further, is not a private foundation under section 509(a). Gifts and bequests to Arena Stage are deductible for income, gift and estate tax purposes to the extent permitted by law.