By supporting the SCA with a planned estate gift, you become part of our Red Arch Society, a group of generous and committed people who are ensuring that the SCA’s bold vision comes to life for future generations.
The SCA’s Red Arch Society supports the transformative work that we do in our community every day; much like in structural engineering where arches are used because they can support a very large mass placed on top of them. The infamous SCA red arches are more than just a beautiful location – they are also the structure that holds our organization together. Under these arches we learn, pause, build, laugh, grow, bond, and play. Under these arches – we transform lives. Becoming a member of the Red Arch Society through a planned gift open doors of opportunity for others.
Benefits of membership in the Red Arch Society
The satisfaction of knowing that your planned gift will help the SCA transform lives for generations to come
Max Matteson + Bud Baty
Invitations to the annual Red Arch Society Cocktail Reception
Mary Kay + Mark Baker
Members since 2023
Listing as a member of the Red Arch Society on our website
Many planned gifts are unrestricted, meaning they benefit the entire organization and all of the SCA’s programs. Unrestricted planned gifts provide the SCA with the most flexibility to fulfill our mission and to ensure that funds are available when and where they are most needed.
The SCA also allows you to focus your planned gift to support our core offerings:
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If you have questions about leaving behind a lasting gift and becoming a part of the Red Arch Society, please contact Kristin Armstrong, Executive Director. If you have already included the SCA in your estate planning, please contact us so we can be sure to provide you with proper recognition.
For Bud Baty & Max Matteson, creating and nurturing a strong community has been their lives’ work. They’ve run small businesses, organized special events, served on boards – for years they even hosted a 4th of July party the entire community was invited to!
Not surprisingly, they’ve been involved with the SCA since its founding because, as Max says, at its core the Art Center is about building community. “Because the SCA serves up arts, education, and entertainment, the SCA is a significant driver in Saugatuck and Douglas.”
Bud and Max have lent their leadership to the SCA on committees and via projects (Bud served on both the Board of Directors and Advisory Board), and both avidly attend classes and performances. “It’s special to see the smiles and feel the energy flowing after a performance,” says Bud. “All of that joy ripples out into the community.”
The couple encourages anyone who values a vibrant community to make the SCA part of their estate plan. Max says, “planned gifts to the Red Arch Society support the SCA’s infrastructure – its valuable staff and programming. We believe this is absolutely essential for maintaining a rich arts culture, and we’re honored to support it for future generations.”
Max + Bud
The Bakers say they got a first-hand view of watching the SCA grow up while Mary Kay served on the SCA board for nearly a decade (including 3 years as Board Chair). From attending concerts and theater performances to serving in leadership positions to taking their grandchildren to summer camps, Mary Kay and Mark have been engaged with the SCA in a variety of ways, and even across family generations. All of which motivated them to become members of the Red Arch Society.
“We know one of the reasons people move to Saugatuck to raise their family or to retire is because of the community’s vibrancy. Over the years, we’ve watched the SCA become the glue in the fabric of the Saugatuck/Douglas/Fennville community, and play a major role in creating this vibrancy,” Mary Kay shares.
The Bakers know that planned gifts to the SCA are foundational. “The gifts help SCA leadership plan programming, hire and retain good employees, and continue to evolve to serve the community,” Mark says. “We want the SCA to be around for our children and grandchildren to enjoy as much as we have!”
“If the SCA has a special meaning in a person or family’s life, we would encourage them to add the SCA to their estate plan and become a member of the Red Arch Society. We are proud to support the SCA and the important and special role it plays in our community.”
Mary Kay + Mark
Here are the most common kinds of bequests with sample language for naming the Saugatuck Center for the Arts as a beneficiary. You may also change your beneficiaries at any time, should your circumstances change. Questions?
Contact Development Director Amber Kreig (email@example.com or 269-857-2399).
- This is a very popular choice for charitable bequests because it ensures that loved ones receive their distribution before any distribution to charity.
- “I devise the residue of my estate, after the satisfaction of all specific bequests and the payment of all taxes and other costs attending my death, to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, a not-for profit corporation, Tax ID# 38-3557693, located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, Michigan 49453.”
- A stated sum of money, usually cash, to a beneficiary.
- “I bequeath the sum of $____ dollars to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID# 36-2171729, located at Tax ID# 38-3557693, located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, Michigan 49453.”
- Enables your bequests to grow as your assets grow.
- “I bequeath to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID# 38-3557693, located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, Michigan 49453, an amount equal to ______ percent of the net value of my estate as finally determined for federal estate tax purposes.”
- Assumes you want to leave your entire estate to family and friends. However, in the event that you outlive any of your beneficiaries, it provides an opportunity to designate the SCA to receive that portion of the estate.
- “In the event that (name of the beneficiary) does not survive me, I designate the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID# 38-3557693, located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, Michigan 49453, as the devisee of this bequest of (see above for language specific to different types of bequests.)”
Saugatuck Center for the Arts information
- Legal name: Saugatuck Center for the Arts
- Legal address: 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, Michigan 49453
- Federal tax ID number: 38-3557693