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Bequests & Endowment Fund

bequests - symphony circle

Passing the baton to the next generation

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on our philanthropy and bequest programs to continue presenting inspiring and joy-filled concerts and positively changing the lives of so many people in Western Australia.

A bequest is a special gift that we preserve as your legacy. It is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that WASO remains a part of the lives of future generations of Western Australians, underpinning our vision to touch souls and enrich lives through music.

A bequest is a gift to all Western Australians and to the future of culture and the arts in our community, which we preserve as your legacy. Monies received from bequests to WASO are invested and preserved in the Endowment Fund for the Orchestra. This means that your money lives on forever.

To learn more about leaving a bequest to WASO, please contact Alecia Benzie, Executive Manager, Philanthropy on 9326 0020 or benziea@waso.com.au

All enquiries are treated in confidence.


endowment fund for the orchestra 

The Endowment Fund for the Orchestra was launched through the generous gift of $100,000 from WASO Patrons Tom and Jean Arkley. Tom and Jean explained that WASO had been a major part of their lives for a very long time and that they had wanted to do something to make a difference and encourage others to do the same.

Monies received from bequests and major gifts for the Endowment Fund are separate to Annual Giving and other giving campaigns and are invested and preserved in the Endowment Fund for the Orchestra.

The income earned, less inflation, is used to support WASO’s activities and programs. This means that your money lives on forever, providing funds for the development of young artists, the commissioning of new works, education programs and regional touring.

Sadly, Tom Arkley passed away on 17 February 2011. Tom, a soil scientist who graduated from the University of Berkeley in California, came to Western Australia in 1969 to tackle the salinity crisis. He leaves behind his wife Jean, his stepsons James and Ted (Eddie) and two step-grandchildren. Everyone at WASO will remember him fondly and we remain deeply grateful to Tom and Jean for the important contribution they have made to the future of the Orchestra.  Jean remains a wonderfully active WASO subscriber and patron.

If you are interested in learning more about our Endowment Fund, please contact Alecia Benzie, Executive Manager, Philanthropy on 9326 0020 or benziea@waso.com.au.

All enquiries are treated in confidence.