When you support Chautauqua, you are helping to provide a place where worldly issues of the day are explored and the arts flourish. Did you know you can make convenient monthly gifts? Monthly gifts provide CHQ with a consistent base of support that is essential to delivering the highest caliber programming.

Gifts of any amount are welcome and contributions are automatically processed each month. You won’t receive renewal reminders by mail, or have to remember to write another check. Setting up your monthly gift is easy—to start your monthly contribution today, choose “Monthly Recurring Donation” as your payment option on our secure donation site, or call 716.357.6404.

Monthly gifts will be automatically deducted each month until you notify us to do otherwise. An annual statement will be provided in late January for tax purposes. To change an existing monthly contribution, please contact foundation@ciweb.org.

Making a monthly gift takes little effort, is a more “green” method of payment and—because it’s efficient & keeps fundraising costs low—allows more of your contribution to directly support the programming you love.


There are many ways to donate to CHQ. In addition to giving online, by mail, or by phone, you can also support the Chautauqua Institution by joining the Bestor Societymaking a planned gift, or asking your employer about a gift-matching program. The Chautauqua Foundation’s Federal ID # is 16-6028421 

Pledge to make a gift to Chautauqua Institution when it’s convenient for you.  For more information, call (716) 357-6404.

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Gifts can be mailed to:
Chautauqua Foundation
PO Box 28
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Checks should be payable to “Chautauqua Foundation.”  Designations to funds or program areas should be indicated on the memo line of the check or in accompanying correspondence.  Please do not send cash through the mail.




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On Saturday, April 29, NOW Generation volunteers are organizing events in 9 cities spanning the country to bring “CHQNearYou.”

Each gathering features a different vibe—be it a brewery tour, salon conversation, lecture, or a family-friendly picnic—and you’re invited! With NOW Gen hosts designing these gatherings, we are excited to bring Chautauquans together in person, and further connect the NOW Gen community through social media.

Host cities for “CHQNearYou” include:

San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO
Washington, DC
Chicago, IL
Boston, MA
Manhattan, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Dallas, TX

Keep scrolling for details, by city, or click on the list above.

Please invite your friends and fellow Chautauquans living across the country to participate by sharing these events on Facebook!

Share your photos, videos, and more! Hashtag: #CHQNearYou 

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San Francisco, CA

Being the most western group, your hosts invite you to the western edge of San Francisco, the beach! Come to the Park Chalet for a happy hour gathering.

4:00–6:00 p.m.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant
(located behind the Beach Chalet)
1000 Great Highway
@ Ocean Beach
San Francisco, CA 94121

RSVP: Bethany Currin Womack: bethanycurrin@gmail.com or 415.378.6780

Host committee: Whit Schrader • Bethany Womack

Audience: Appropriate for all ages.

Additional Details: There is no fee to attend. Food and drinks are available for individual purchase. Please wear appropriate shoes for being out in the grass (weather permitting).


Denver, CO

Join renowned reporter and bestselling author David Sirota for a discussion about “Journalism in the Age of Trump.” Looking ahead to CHQ’s 2017 theme week, “Media and the News: Ethics in the Digital Age,” be in conversation with the Denver-based journalist at Golden Triangle pub, The Fainting Goat.

1:00–3:00 p.m.

The Fainting Goat
846 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

RSVP: Kate McKee Simmons: k8mckee@gmail.com or 303.917.2248

Host Committee:  Kate McKee Simmons

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is no fee to attend the discussion. Other food and drink are available for individual purchase. Drink specials are available.


Washington, DC

You're invited for cocktails and a presentation about the environmental health of our two beloved waterways, The Chesapeake Bay and Chautauqua Lake with Chesapeake Conservancy's president and CEO, Joel Dunn.

2:30–5:00 p.m.

Avalon First and M
1160 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

RSVP: Katie Prechtl Cooke, Chair of the NOW Gen Advisory Council: katiepcooke@gmail.com or 410.279.5907

Host Committee: Philip Bermel Katie Prechtl Cooke • Hannah Goldberg • Sheri Lockwood  Grace Pardo • Stephanie Schuerman  Taylor Shomo • Megan Reeve Snair

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: The building is a block from the NoMa metro stop on the corner of 1st and M Street.


Chicago, IL

Come celebrate spring with fellow Chautauquans in anticipation of the 2017 theme week, "Our Changing Relationship with Food." Learn about Chicago's urban agriculture efforts and tour a quarter-acre commercial rooftop farm in the heart of the West Loop. Hear from Chautauquan Molly Meyer, CEO and founder of Omni Ecosystems and The Roof Crop while enjoying wine and local beer.

5:00–7:30 p.m.

Omni Ecosystems and The Roof Crop
1516 W. Carroll Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

RSVP by April 22: Megan Allen: megcastle@yahoo.com or 312.543.2016

Host committee: Dave Allen • Megan Allen • Kate Groninger

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: The entrance is on Justine Street. Please wear sensible shoes for touring the rooftop farm.


Boston, MA

You're invited to an afternoon at Harpoon Brewery, including a tour and mix & mingle with fellow Chautauquans!

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 00210

RSVP: Mhoire Murphy, NOW Gen Advisory Council: mhoire.murphy@gmail.com or 248.891.3402

Host committee: Mhoire Murphy • Betsy Odland

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is a $5 fee for the brewery tour. Other food and drink are available for individual purchase.


Manhattan, NY

Join fellow NOW Gen’ers for a Western New York-themed brunch on the Upper East Side. Enjoy the flavors and music of summer with friends old and new.

2:00–6:00 p.m.

Home of John Haskell
211 E. 70th Street, Apt. 24-F
New York, NY 10021

RSVP: John Haskell, NOW Gen Advisory Council: john.n.haskell@gmail.com or 202.631.1652

Host committee: Brian Goehring, NOW Gen Advisory Council • John Haskell • Natalie Sammarco

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.


Philadelphia, PA

You're invited to spend an afternoon at Yards Brewing Company with fellow Chautauquans!

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Yards Brewing Company
901 N Delaware Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

RSVP: Kathleen Murphy: kathleen.m.murphy9@gmail.com or 248.891.9385

Host committee: Anna Henderson • Kathleen Murphy

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is no fee for the brewery tour. Other food and drink are available for individual purchase.


Pittsburgh, PA

You’re invited to the new branch of Southern Tier Brewing Company’s operations in Pittsburgh. Enjoy a complimentary tour and meet other Chautauquans who live in your area.

11:00–1:00 p.m.

STBC Pittsburgh
316 N Shore Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

RSVP: Matt Cady: mattcady13@gmail.com or 814.397.0009

Host committee: Matt Cady • Peter Greb • Liz Curry Watkins

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is no fee for the brewery tour. Other food and drink are available for individual purchase. Space is limited.


Dallas, TX

Come to beautiful Klyde Warren Park for a fun, family-friendly potluck picnic!

3:30–5:30 p.m.

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201

RSVP: Carrie Zachry Oliver: carriezachry@gmail.com or 512.507.4232

Host committee: Jonathan Crowder • Carrie Zachry Oliver • Diana Crowder

Audience: Appropriate for all ages.

Additional Details: Please bring a dish to pass and beverage. Meet at The Commons (see map).