Other Ways to Give - Michigan Opera Theatre

Tribute Gifts

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

If you know someone who loves opera or dance, a donation to support Michigan Opera Theatre 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 Michigan Opera Theatre program book.

To make a donation contact Rachele Wright, Manager of Individual Giving, at 313.237.3402 or rwright@motopera.org.

Gifts of Stock

One of the most cost-effective ways to support Michigan Opera Theatre 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.

Matching Gifts

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

To find out if your company will match you donation contact Rachele Wright, Manager of Individual Giving, at 313.237.3402 or rwright@motopera.org.

Click here for a list of participating companies

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

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on December 18, 2015, made permanent what is popularly known as the IRA charitable rollover.

Charitably minded taxpayers have enthusiastically embraced the IRA charitable rollover as an opportunity to transfer up to $100,000 each year to charity without it being treated as a taxable distribution. Despite its popularity since being introduced in 2006, the IRA charitable rollover has faced extinction several times and had actually expired on December 31, 2013. Now it has been reinstituted and made permanent.

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 the charity(ies) you designate.
  • Contact our office. We will answer your questions and provide instructions for completing your gift.

Please contact Frankie Piccirilli, Chief Development Officer, at 313.237.3238 or fpiccirilli@motopera.org.


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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.

Michigan Opera Theatre’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, Development Administrator, at 313.237.5307 or cgray@motopera.org.