Planned Giving

Are you dying to support RoCo?
Death is a sensitive topic, so we thought we would start by lightening the mood. Everyone hopes to make a lasting impression through the life they live. By including Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in your long-term plans, you can benefit yourself, your family, and an institution that you value.

Your contribution makes a difference!
For nearly 40 years, RoCo has supported thoughtful contemporary art in Rochester. The generosity of our members and exhibition supporters has helped us grow RoCo into a destination in downtown Rochester. Our diverse programming both fosters the local art community and brings new artists and ideas into Rochester. Many of our exhibitions involve multi-disciplinary collaborations with other regional and national organizations. As a not-for-profit, RoCo depends on annual membership giving and special campaigns to ensure the organization's operations. Planned gifts reduce our reliance on annual fundraising and build RoCo's long-term sustainability.

Not Just for the Super Rich
There are many types of planned giving, each with different advantages and effects, yet all are meaningful and important contributions that will help support our contemporary art programming for many years. Planned giving does not necessitate great wealth, it can be as simple as including RoCo in your will or naming RoCo as beneficiary of an IRA, 401k or Life Insurance Policy. For example, several younger RoCo supporters have notified us of that they have named RoCo as one of the beneficiaries of their Retirement Plans.
One of the simplest ways to support RoCo's future, a bequest provides a gift for RoCo in your will. Of course, artwork or other tangible personal property may be donated. In addition to outright gifts, we welcome promised gifts of art or other assets.

Gifts of Real Estate

By making a gift of real estate, you can leverage a significant asset for your benefit and RoCo's. While supporting our mission, gifts can be made with residential, commercial, or undeveloped real estate.

Other Planned Giving Options
Rochester Contemporary Art Center has a close working relationship with Rochester Area Community Foundation. RoCo's growing Endowment is managed by the Community Foundation. Several other options such as: Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, and Charitable Gift Annuities may be utilized with the expert advice and administrative support of the Community Foundation's staff.

We encourage everyone who has already included Rochester Contemporary Art Center as part of his/her estate planning to tell us. Of course, if you prefer we will keep your planned giving private. For more information on all planned giving options, or to communicate your intention to support RoCo with a planned gift, please contact Bleu Cease, Executive Director/Curator (585) 461-2222

Please note: You are encouraged to consult your legal representative or tax advisor regarding your personal circumstances. Thank you for considering RoCo in these important, planned giving decisions.