George Peabody, America’s first great international financier and philanthropist, believed in the power of the arts to open minds and enrich lives. He founded the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 1857 as the practical embodiment of this belief. It was George Peabody’s inspiration that influenced Johns Hopkins to establish the university and hospital that bear his name, and Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt to underwrite America’s first public library.
The Peabody Institute owes a tremendous debt to the generosity of George Peabody and the many benefactors who have included the Institute as part of their legacy. The Institute is proud to recognize those individuals who include Peabody in their estate plans as members of the Legacy Circle.
The Legacy Circle is an honorary organization of more than 100 alumni, faculty and friends of the Peabody Institute who have chosen to support the mission of the Institute through a charitable bequest or life-income gift. All members of Peabody’s Legacy Circle are also members of the Johns Hopkins Legacy Society.
The first step in philanthropic planning is to identify your ultimate goals. To aid you in designing a plan that best suits your needs and objectives, Peabody’s development team will be happy to arrange a meeting between you and your advisors and the professionals at the Johns Hopkins Office of Gift Planning. A creative, personally tailored plan can be crafted to meet almost any goal. Retaining the services of qualified tax, legal and financial advisors is a vital part of the process.