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“A piece of music is not the same with even just one note missing!”

You play a key part in ESO’s future – just one donation can make a difference. Every donation supports the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in the following ways:

  • -World-class concerts in Elgin and beyond
  • -Outstanding musicians & Maestro Andrew Grams
  • -Innovative Educational and Family Programs
  • -Extensive Community Partnerships – Body & Soul

 

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Explore ESO Donor Benefits & Experiences
You can receive great benefits as a donor to the ESO!

Give a Gift in Any Amount
A cash donation is a simple and common way to make a gift. The ESO is a 501(c)3 organization and gifts are tax deductible.

Join the Circle of Friends– ESO’s Monthly Giving Campaign
We invite you join the ESO’s Circle of Friends. We make it easy! For pennies a day, you can support the ESO year-round.

The Encore Society - Leave a Musical Legacy
Create your legacy: Become a Member of the Encore Society
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has been the grateful recipient of gifts made through the wills of Individuals who were touched by the ESO.

Your generous legacy gift insures the ESO can continue to provide the highest quality cultural experience to our patrons and our community for years to come.

For more information on the Encore Society and Planned Giving, contact Cheryl Wendt at 847-888-0404 ext. 232.


Other ways to give:

In Honor or In Memory of Someone
Honor a friend, loved-one or even a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra with a gift in any amount. The name of the person you are honoring, as well as your name, will be listed in the ESO program books for the season.

Make a Tax-Free Contribution from Your IRA
You can consider making a contribution to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra directly from your IRA. An amount of the charitable contribution is excluded from your taxable income. Please consult your IRA manager and tax advisor for more details.

Donate Stock
Give stocks that have increased in value. If owned more than one year, you do not pay capital gains and can deduct the full market value. Please call your financial advisor to inquire about donating stock to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Corporate Matching Gift
Through Corporate Matching Programs, many companies will match the charitable donations of their employees. The following companies match employee donations to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. For more information about Corporate Matching, please contact your employer.

Volunteer Your Time
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra loves volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering as an ESO Usher at concerts, please click here to download the ESO Volunteer Form. For more information, contact Niesa Patton at 847-888-0404 ext. 229 or n.patton@elginsymphony.org

Allegro vivace ($2400-$5,999)
[It.] adj. fast and vivaciously

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(Click here to donate in any amount)

Complimentary “Bring a Friend” concert ticket
(based on concert availability)

Admission to a private working rehearsal (one of two)

Program book listing

Special concert reception at the Hemmens Cultural Center

Back stage pass after concert to meet and greet musicians

Meet the guest conductor after a concert at one of four, exclusive dessert parties

Complimentary valet parking auto voucher for entire concert season

Invitation to a coffee with the ESO and Board leadership

Invitation to an exclusive Appreciation Dinner  

Season invitation to visit the Conductor’s Circle prior to and during concert intermissions

An opportunity to sit back stage during a performance

Forte ($6,000-$12,999)
[It.] strongly, forcefully, powerfully

DONATE NOW


(Click here to donate in any amount)

Complimentary “Bring a Friend” concert ticket
(based on concert availability)

Admission to a private working rehearsal (one of two)

Program book listing

Special concert reception at the Hemmens Cultural Center

Back stage pass after concert to meet and greet musicians

Meet the guest conductor after a concert at one of four, exclusive dessert parties

Complimentary valet parking auto voucher for entire concert season

Invitation to a coffee with the ESO and Board leadership

Invitation to an exclusive Appreciation Dinner

Season invitation to visit the Conductor’s Circle prior to and during concert intermissions

An opportunity to sit back stage during a performance

Donor’s name on a concert as co-sponsor for a performance of your choice

Invitation to one of two exclusive, post-concert parties with a guest artist or guest conductor

Fortissimo ($12,000-$25,999)
[It.] very loud, very forceful

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(Click here to donate in any amount)

Complimentary “Bring a Friend” concert ticket
(based on concert availability)

Admission to a private working rehearsal (one of two)

Program book listing

Special concert reception at the Hemmens Cultural Center

Back stage pass after concert to meet and greet musicians

Meet the guest conductor after a concert at one of four, exclusive dessert parties

Complimentary valet parking auto voucher for entire concert season

Invitation to a coffee with the ESO and Board leadership

Invitation to an exclusive Appreciation Dinner

Season invitation to visit the Conductor’s Circle prior to and during concert intermissions

An opportunity to sit back stage during a performance

Donor’s name on a concert as co-sponsor for a performance of your choice

Invitation to one of two exclusive, post-concert parties with a guest artist or guest conductor

A dinner with a guest artist or conductor

A special invitation to the End of the Season Reception with the board, trustees and musicians

Brillante ($25,000-$49,999)
[It. and Fr.] Bright, sparkling, brilliant

DONATE NOW


(Click here to donate in any amount)

Complimentary “Bring a Friend” concert ticket
(based on concert availability)

Admission to a private working rehearsal (one of two)

Program book listing

Special concert reception at the Hemmens Cultural Center

Back stage pass after concert to meet and greet musicians

Meet the guest conductor after a concert at one of four, exclusive dessert parties

Complimentary valet parking auto voucher for entire concert season

Invitation to a coffee with the ESO and Board leadership

Invitation to an exclusive Appreciation Dinner

Season invitation to visit the Conductor’s Circle prior to and during concert intermissions

An opportunity to sit back stage during a performance

Donor’s name on a concert as co-sponsor for a performance of your choice

Invitation to one of two exclusive, post-concert parties with a guest artist or guest conductor

A dinner with a guest artist or conductor

A special invitation to the End of the Season Reception with the board, trustees and musicians

A musicians’ trio or quartet performance for two hours at donor’s home or business

A copy of a music score, signed by the guest conductor and artist. A conductor's baton will also be presented to the donor

Appassionato ($50,000+)
[It.] impassioned, passionate, ardent

DONATE NOW


(Click here to donate in any amount)

Complimentary “Bring a Friend” concert ticket
(based on concert availability)

Admission to a private working rehearsal (one of two)

Program book listing

Special concert reception at the Hemmens Cultural Center

Back stage pass after concert to meet and greet musicians

Meet the guest conductor after a concert at one of four, exclusive dessert parties

Complimentary valet parking auto voucher for entire concert season

Invitation to a coffee with the ESO and Board leadership

Invitation to an exclusive Appreciation Dinner  

Season invitation to visit the Conductor’s Circle prior to and during concert intermissions

An opportunity to sit back stage during a performance

Donor’s name on a concert as co-sponsor for a performance of your choice

Invitation to one of two exclusive, post-concert parties with a guest artist or guest conductor

A dinner with a guest artist or conductor

A special invitation to the End of the Season Reception with the board, trustees and musicians

A musicians’ trio or quartet performance for two hours at donor’s home or business

A copy of a music score, signed by the guest conductor and artist. A conductor's baton will also be presented to the donor

A personalized and unforgettable, all access ESO experience (mutually agreeable) that may include personalized recognition and dedication at a performance

 

Contact Us With Your Questions

Cheryl Wendt, Director of Development & Marketing
847-888-0404 ext. 232
c.wendt@elginsymphony.org

Julie Baker, Development & Special Events Manager
847-888-0404 ext. 234
j.baker@elginsymphony.org

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal and tax advice, please consult an attorney.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.