Planned Giving

Ensure THELMA's future by including us in your plans.

Define your legacy.

When a gift to THELMA becomes part of your legacy, you help ensure that the center will continue to fulfill its mission for generations to come. You enable our founding vision to enrich the lives of our community through the arts.

There are many planned giving vehicles that can support both your charitable and personal financial goals. Making a planned gift—whether by including a bequest to the center in your will or by naming THELMA as the beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy, or retirement fund—provides essential support for the museum’s future. Gift planning can offer significant tax advantages and, in some cases, generate lifetime income for you or your chosen beneficiary.

Planned gifts can also endow specific interests—such as a curatorial, learning, or art acquisition endowment. If you anticipate your bequest will be $250,000 or larger, you may wish to establish a named endowment to support a specific department or area of the museum.

For more information on Planned Giving, contact Shannon Kupfer at!


When a friend or family member walked into Thelma Sadoff’s home, they were immediately greeted with an infectious smile and most likely a slice of Bundt cake. Her Bundt cake was renowned – so creamy that a topping was unnecessary. Ever the doting wife, mother and grandmother, Thelma took pride in her home, her family and her community.

Thelma was working for a company in Brooklyn, New York, until Arthur Sadoff purchased the company and moved her to Fond du Lac. Here she married Arthur, and together they had two children, Gary and Ron, and three grandchildren. She also had three siblings Pauline, Mae, and Arty. She was very close to her siblings. Mae would visit from New York occasionally. The laughter between sisters would fill the room. Her caring and fun-loving nature made it easy for anyone who met her, to love her.

The Sadoff Family Foundation chose to honor this endearing woman by putting her name on Fond du Lac’s newly redesigned arts center because just like Thelma Sadoff, THELMA is distinctive yet comfortable. This warm and friendly home for the arts will continue to reflect our community values and celebrate the people who make Fond du lac a truly special place.