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Planned Giving

When forward-thinking Phoenixvillian Harry Brownback bought the buildings that would become the Colonial Theatre in 1902, there was no way of knowing what would become of his modest dream. Remarkably, his small, $30,000 investment in the building now owned by the nonprofit Association for the Colonial Theatre has been protected for 114 years and counting through the energy and generosity of many friends and donors.

Planned gifts transmit legacies and positively impact future generations. By considering the Colonial Theatre in your gift planning or will, you can ensure that another century of arts and cultural programming has a venue for expression on the Colonial’s stage and screen. You can ensure that the theatre will persist, come what may. Adding a simple bequest to your will is one way to make a planned gift to the Colonial Theatre today.

Sample bequest language:

I bequeath ____% of my residuary estate (or $___________) to Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable cultural organization, located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, for its ongoing film, live performance, and other programs. Federal Tax I.D. number: 23-2846336.

Click on the images below to download our informational brochures on Planned Giving and Gifts of Appreciated Stock. Or, contact Emily Simmons, Development Director at or (610) 917-1228 to learn more about how Planned Gifts can impact the Colonial Theatre today and tomorrow.

Honoring Your Support

Those patrons and members who have chosen to include the Colonial with a bequest or other planned gift form the Medallion Society. There are no dues or fees associated with membership in this planned giving society. Medallion Society members ensure the future success of the Colonial Theatre. Planned gifts to the Colonial Theatre can have a profound impact on our work today and tomorrow and depending on the type of gift, can help you to achieve your financial and charitable goals. You are eligible for membership in the Medallion Society if you have named Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT) as a beneficiary of your:

  • Will or trust
  • IRA or other retirement plan
  • Life income or other planned gift (charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or remainder interest in a personal residence)

Members will be listed in the annual report and acknowledged in all donor recognition materials produced by the Colonial Theatre, in perpetuity. You will also be invited to join your fellow members at special events and exclusive Medallion Society events.

For more information about becoming a Medallion Society member, please contact Mary Foote, Executive Director, at or (610) 917-1228.