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Notes of Generosity

Welcome to Sistrum, where music meets empowerment! As a membership-based choral organization, we rely on your support to fulfill our $64,000 annual budget. Your donation helps provide scholarships and grants for women in need, ensuring everyone can participate.

Donor Support

Take action for a brighter tomorrow! Your donation on our website today fuels our mission and impacts lives. Join us in making a difference together. Donate now and be the change!

Planned Giving

Join us in leaving a lasting legacy of support for Sistrum's mission! By including us in your will, living trust, or with a codicil, you ensure your kindness reverberates for generations. Planned gifts blend your passion for Sistrum with financial benefits. Start planning today for a brighter tomorrow!

Sponsor a Song

Join the melody of generosity! For just $50, sponsor a song at our upcoming concert and have your 15-word dedication featured in the program. Your support amplifies our performance and fosters community connection. Be part of the harmony—sponsor a song today and make your mark in our musical journey!

Donate by Check

Support our cause with a simple gesture. Please consider donating by check. Every contribution makes a difference.

Donations can be mailed to:
Sistrum: The Lansing Women's Chorus
PO Box 4191
East Lansing, MI 48826

Director's Endowment

In honor of Dr. Meredith Bowen's 15 years of leadership, Sistrum launched an endowment campaign. The Meredith Y. Bowen Director’s Endowment will support future directors' artistic endeavors. Our goal is to raise $25,000 initially and $50,000 eventually, providing annual resources for Sistrum's continued growth and strength.

Reoccurring Rhythm

Join the heartbeat of our cause with monthly donations! Your consistent support ensures sustained impact and long-term change. With each monthly contribution, you fuel our mission to make a difference in our community. Take the step towards lasting transformation—commit to monthly donations today!

Sistrum is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax ID number is 38-2851629. A copy of our determination letter is available upon request.

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Ways to Make a Bequest

  • Leave a lasting legacy.

  • Generate income now and in the future.

  • Reduce tax burden on your family.

  • Receive potential estate tax savings.

  • Honor a loved one with a tribute gift.

Benefits of Making a Bequest

Support Sistrum's mission by leaving a meaningful legacy through a bequest in your will, living trust, or with a codicil. Your kindness today creates a lasting impact for years to come. Planned gifts blend charitable interests with estate planning, offering financial and tax benefits.

Planned Giving


Insurance Policy: You can list Sistrum as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy.


IRAs: One of the simplest ways to remember Sistrum is to list Sistrum as a beneficiary of your IRA(s). To do this generally all you need is our legal name (The Lansing Women’s Chorus), our Tax ID number (#38-2851629), and our address (Sistrum, PO Box 4191, East Lansing, MI 48826).


QCDs: If you’re over 70-1/2 and have a traditional IRA, you can have the custodian of your IRA send part of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit like Sistrum. Unlike a regular RMD which is taxed, the money in a QCD (up to $100,000) won’t count as part of your taxable income. However, the funds must come to Sistrum directly from the place that holds your IRA.


Wills: One of the most common methods of including a nonprofit in your estate planning is to list the organization in your will. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to family, friends, or Sistrum as part of your estate plan. We are providing you with a unique tool that removes the expensive legal costs associated with writing a will and may take as little as 20 minutes to complete. Click here to learn more about how you can write your will at absolutely no cost to you:


 The Meredith Y. Bowen Director’s Endowment celebrates her 15 years of leadership at Sistrum. As one way to commemorate Meredith’s service, the chorus launched an endowment campaign whose funds will support the artistic work of Sistrum’s future directors in perpetuity.

An endowment is a pool of funds whose principal investment cannot be spent. Rather, investment income will be available each year. To honor Meredith’s constant striving to enrich the chorus with the help of guest musicians, workshops with renowned directors/performers, and song commissions, the Meredith Y. Bowen Director’s Endowment will give subsequent directors the financial resources to make the chorus even stronger.

All donations are tax-deductible and acknowledged in our spring concert program. Whether via PayPal or check, your contribution strengthens our chorus and preserves Dr. Bowen's impact.

How to Donate:
Send checks to:

Sistrum: The Lansing Women's Chorus 
PO Box 4191 
East Lansing MI 48826

Please note on the memo line: "Bowen Endowment"


By Paypal ( and note it is for the Bowen Endowment.

Join us in commemorating Dr. Bowen's dedication and fortifying our chorus's future. Thank you for your generosity!

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