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Singers Marin is a 501(c)3 arts organization founded in 1987 with a community-focused mission to share the gift of song and to develop opportunities for singers of all ages and choral experience.

Led by Jan Pedersen Schiff, a remarkable and dedicated artist and teacher, Singers Marin engages people from the ages of four to 84, amateurs and professionals, in a powerful choral practice that has benefits above and beyond the experience of classes and performance.

Tuition, ticket sales, and fundraisers are not enough to completely support our programs, so we rely on donations from our friends and community.

Will you help? 

We invite you to make a charitable donation to help meet our budget needs for teachers, accompanists, rehearsal and concert hall rental space, and the many other expenses needed to sustain our choral music programs.

Your gift of any size can have a great impact on a small organization like ours.

People age 70 ½ and older can make a “qualified charitable distribution” from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income taxes on the distribution.  This counts toward the required minimum distribution. Check with your financial advisor about this option.

Giving In STOCK 

If you would like to manage portfolio risk by paring down your exposure to stock, consider making a gift of stock to Singers Marin.

Savvy donors make charitable gifts of appreciated property, (not just stocks), because it benefits them economically. When you make a gift of appreciated stock:

  • You get a charitable income tax deduction

  • You avoid paying taxes on the capital gain

If you have held the asset for more than twelve months, you may claim a tax deduction for the fair market value (FMV), rather than the purchase price, of your securities. (The IRS says that FMV is the average of the high and low for the price of your stock on the day it is transferred to a charitable organization.)

These benefits apply to shares of mutual funds too.

EXAMPLE: How it Works

Jason W. owns shares in XYZ Company and wishes to make a donation to Singers Marin. He bought the shares in 2001 for $4000. Today they are worth $10,000. In Jason’s tax bracket, if he sold the stock, he would pay approximately $1600 in State and Federal taxes, netting him $8,400 after tax. If he gives the stock to Singers Marin, he receives a charitable deduction for the full $10,000. That deduction will reduce his taxes by about $3,600.

The cost to the donor of making this contribution is the $8,400 Jason would have netted from the sale of the stock, less the $3,600 in tax savings from the charitable deduction. It would cost Jason only $4,800 to give $10,000 to Singers Marin! 

Because Singers Marin is a qualified 510(c)3 charity, it can sell Jason’s shares without paying taxes. The organization receives the full benefit of the $10,000 contribution.


How to Transfer your Shares

To make it convenient for donors, Singers Marin has established an account with Charles Schwab & Co.

  • If the securities are in your account at Schwab, call Schwab (866-855-6770) and ask them to journal the shares from your account to the Singers Marin account.

  • If the securities are held at another brokerage/financial institution, call your representative to initiate the transfer.

  • If the securities are in your possession, do the following in the presence of a notary or a person who can give you a signature guarantee: 

On the space at the back of the certificate, between the words “appoint” and “attorney,” have all owners write Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and sign the certificate exactly as their names appear on it.

Bring signed certificate to the nearest Schwab branch, or mail it, with a letter instructing Schwab to deposit the shares in the Singers Marin account.

Send the certificates and letter of instruction by registered, certified or overnight mail, return receipt requested.

  • For mutual funds shares held directly at the mutual fund, ask your fund to initiate the transfer.

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Singers Marin Charles Schwab & Co. account information:

Account titled:         Choral Singers of Marin

Account number:     1180-9905

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A Legacy of Song

With a rich past and an exciting vision for the future, Singers Marin is proud to provide a valuable community resource for those who wish to use their voices to uplift the spirits of others with joyful song.

We are pleased to announce our planned giving program — Singers Marin Legacy Society.

We deeply appreciate your consideration of Singers Marin in your financial, estate, and philanthropic plans. With a bequest or other planned gift, you can provide the means necessary to ensure future generations of music lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy the same high caliber performances, training, and participatory experiences that we offer today.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary charitable estate planning consultation, please contact Jan Pedersen Schiff.


IN-KIND Giving

In-Kind contributions have enriched Singers Marin from the start.

Can you donate goods or services that will support our programs throughout the community? Contact us to discuss the ways that you can further our goals with an In-Kind Contribution.

Thank you to our current In-Kind Donors, who support our organization through donations of goods and/or services:

Carol Feren
Cal Performances
Cal Jazz Choir
Command Productions
Carol Feren
J.B. Piano
Jan Pedersen Schiff
Joshua Ets-Hokins
Joan Gillette
Frances Barbour
Linda Amato
Hi Ho Silver
Kath Holcombe
Madrigal Winery
Nancy Dunbar
Raymond Paul
RoCo Dance & Fitness
Servino Ristorante
Sue Bowser
Sydney Minnerly
Tiziano Grifoni
Valerie Feldman