The Charles D. Kakuk Legacy Society – Next Act Theatre

The Charles D. Kakuk Legacy Society

The Charles D. Kakuk Legacy Society

By Jane Flieller, Development Director

Next Act is pleased to announce the creation of a planned giving program: Charles Kakuk was Next Act Theatre’s Managing Director who, after 22 years with us, lost his battle with cancer in 2014. Charles left a generous gift to Next Act as an investment in the financial future of the organization. Combined with several other bequests, we were inspired to create the Charles D. Kakuk Legacy Society in his honor.

Those who remember Next Act Theatre through a will, trust or other planned gift, are invited to inform us of their intentions and join the Charles D. Kakuk Legacy Society. The Legacy Society provides a way to recognize and to thank donors during their lifetimes, and ensures that their wishes are properly documented. You may always choose to remain anonymous in your philanthropy. However, inclusion in The Legacy Society can be an inspirational experience and may encourage others to look toward the future and how they too may have an enduring impact on organizations about whom they care.

After November 1, 2021, you will find a Statement of Intent Form on our website (or you can request one by mail or email). After consultation with your financial and/or legal advisor(s), simply return your pledge and receive the benefits that come with membership to the Legacy Society, along with the knowledge that you have proclaimed your trust in our future. No documentation of gift amount or type is required. Legacy Society members can designate the intended use of their future gifts or leave the distribution to the discretion of our “Board of Directors and Executive Leadership.

Legacy giving offers us a way to contribute to the community through our artistic and educational programming far beyond the measure of one lifetime. Benefits of joining The Legacy Society include:

  • A relationship with The Society and other donors.
  • Satisfaction in knowing your legacy will make a difference in your community while encouraging others to do the same.
  • Special recognition on our Legacy Wall, website, programs and annual reports, unless anonymity is desired.
  • Invitations to special donor events.
  • A copy of Next Act Theatre’s Annual Report each year.

Gifts made through a bequest in a will or trust are not the only means of becoming a member of The Legacy Society. Other ways in which donors can apply personal resources toward the betterment of their community through support of Next Act include:

  • Estates
  • Gifts of life insurance
  • Beneficiary designation of individual retirement accounts (IRA, 401K, 403B)

Legacy Society members share a dedication and commitment to Next Act Theatre – but every act of giving is personal and unique. If you’ve already included Next Act Theatre in your will or we are a named beneficiary of a retirement account or insurance plan, we thank you and encourage you to let us know so that we may send you a Statement of Intent Form. Otherwise, if you have questions or require more information about the Legacy Society, please contact Jane Flieller, Development Director at 414-278-7780 or

Members of the Charles D. Kakuk Legacy Society
Charles D. Kakuk • Sally Marks • Jan Martin • Milan and Gordana Racic • Dick and Diane Wright • Bettie Zillman