James "Jim" Taylor was first introduced to the opera as a student at Florida State in the early 1960s and immediately fell in love with the powerful blend of music and drama. After graduating from Florida State in 1965, Jim went on to become a highly regarded professor at Miami Dade College where he remained an avid supporter of the opera.
It wasn’t until a return visit to FSU and a tour of the newly refurbished Ruby Diamond Auditorium in 2011 that truly reunited Jim with his passion for the opera. During his visit, Jim decided that he wanted to make a lasting impact on the opera program. Working closely with the Office of Gift Planning, Jim designated the Florida State Opera as the primary beneficiary of his retirement plan.
At the time of his gift, few knew that Jim had long been battling cancer. Six months later Jim passed away. The James Ivan Taylor Endowment for Opera lives on to serve the greatest needs of the Opera program.
Perhaps you don’t think you are the type of individual who would leave a legacy, but the truth is that anyone can do it and every effort to support future generations helps. Leaving a legacy can be as easy as naming the FSU Foundation as the beneficiary of a portion of your retirement plan assets or including a couple of sentences in your will or trust.
If you are interested in extending your support for the University into the future, we’d be happy to work with you and your advisors to formulate a tax-wise gift. Contact us at (850) 644-0753 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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