RenjilianTimothy Renjilian, Chair
Atlanta, Georgia

Director since: 2017
Committee membership: Audit, Development Council, Executive Committee (Chair), Finance, Investment, Nominating & Governance, Personnel



anderson DSC 9843David Anderson
Hingham, Massachusetts

Director since: 2015
Committee membership: Development Council, Executive Committee, InvestmentNominating & Governance (Chair)



camden DSC 9891Andrew L. Camden
Grosse Point, Michigan

Director since: 2001
Committee membership: Executive Committee, Investment (Chair), Nominating & Governance 



fine DSC 9875Lauren Rich Fine
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Director since: 2006
Committee membership: Audit, Investment, Personnel



Gamble IMG 15181Charles S. Gamble
Dunedin, Florida

Director since: 2018
Committee membership: Audit, Finance, Investment



goodell DSC 9859Karen J. Goodell, Vice Chair
New York, New York

Director since: 2001
Committee membership: Development Council, Executive Committee, Nominating & Governance



haughton john 2014John Haughton
Buffalo, New York

Director since: 2017
Committee membership: Development Council, Finance, Nominating & Governance



MHill 2017 rd 2318Michael E. Hill, Chautauqua Institution president
Washington, DC and Chautauqua, New York

Director since: 2017- ex-officio
Committee membership: Executive Committee



bill jamesWilliam M. James
New York, New York

Director since: 2013
Committee membership: Audit, Nominating & Governance



2017 Board Portraits Kyler NancyNancy Kyler
Staunton, VA

Director since: 2019
Committee membership: 
Audit,Development Council, Personnel



081519 FDNBoard Craig Marthinsen DM 02Craig Marthinsen
Toronto, Ontario

Director since: 2018
Committee membership: Finance, Investment, Personnel


Anne Odland 100 3283Anne Odland
Washington, DC

Director since: 2014
Committee membership: Audit (Chair), Executive Committee, Finance



081519 FDNBoard AnneHoytScavone DMAnne Hoyt Scavone
New York NY

Director since: 2018
Committee membership: Development Council, Personnel, Nominating & Governance


Sheila SchroederSheila Schroeder
San Francisco, California

Director since: 2017
Committee membership: Executive Committee, Investment, Nominating & Governance



snyder DSC 9836George T. Snyder
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Director since: 2013
Committee membership: Executive Committee, Finance, Personnel (Chair) 



WadeRichard Wade
Fountain Hills, Arizona

Director since: 2016
Committee membership: Audit, Finance, Personnel 



zenzak DSC 9895Stephen J. Zenczak, Treasurer
Gates Mills, Ohio

Director since: 2007
Committee membership: Audit, Executive Committee, Finance (Chair)



Legal Counsel: Samuel P. Price, Jamestown, New York

Institution Chair: Candy Maxwell, Linthicum Heights, MD

NOW Generation Representative: Russell Bermel, Washington, DC



Timothy Renjilian • Chair

Karen J. Goodell • Vice Chair

Stephen J. Zenczak • Treasurer

Deborah E. Moore, CPA • Executive Director

Theresa Frangione • Corporate Secretary

Former Directors

Wilson C. Price (1937-62) • Mrs. E.J. Bellinger (1937-63) • Mrs. L. D. Boal (1937-55) • Samuel M. Hazlett (1937-56) • James H. Matthews (1937-39) • Walter Roberts (1937-59) • David L. Starr (1937-51) • Mrs. Livingston Hunter (1939-41) • Mrs. Dorothy Smith (1943-50) • Walter F. Rittman (1950-54) • Harold F. Reed (1951-71) • Mrs. Walter F. Rittman (1955-64) • Paul N. Anderson (1955-65) • Walter C. Shaw, Jr. (1956-74) • John D. Hamilton (1959-71) • Samuel P. Price, Sr. (1962-95) • Mrs. Dorothy W. Cook (1964-87) • Lewis W. Morgan (1964-90) • Nancy Miller Arnn (1965-89) • Richard H. Miller (1971-95) • J. Donald Patton (1971-84) • Howard G. Gibbs (1974-90) • Oscar E. Remick (1975-76) • Robert S. Bargar (1976-94) • Mrs. Mary B. McDowell (1976-82) • John S. Rogers (1976-86) • David H. Carnahan (1976-2000) • George L. Cornell (1976-2001) • Joseph A. Neubauer (1977-83) • Robert R. Hesse (1978-83) • Richard L. Bechtolt (1982-2006) • Daniel L. Bratton (1983-2000) • Edward P. Boyle (1984-94) • Frank E. McElree, Jr. (1984-96) • H. David Faust (1986-88) • Mary Frances Cram (1987-93) • Robert B. Osburn (1989-96) • Harold F. Reed, Jr. (1989-2001) • Eugene S. Cohen (1990-98) • George L. Follansbee, Jr. (1990-2004) • Hal A. Fausnaugh (1990-94) • R. Quintus Anderson (1991-95) • William F. Hill, II (1991-2005) • Patricia Goldman (1992-2003) • Marilyn G. Levinson (1992-2000) • William H. Park (1993-2005) • William G. Karslake (1994-95) • James G. Groninger (1994-2014) • William R. Goodell (1994-2019) • Thomas R. Bromeley (1995-2001) • vic gelb (1995-2011) • Selina P. Johnson (1996-2008) • Wilfred R. Konneker (1996-2006) • Lowell K. Strohl (1996-2010) • Miriam S. Reading (1997-2006) • Susan Moran Murphy (1998-2018) • Martin Coyle (2000-2003) • Wendy Cohen (2001-2011) • Scott McVay (2001-2003) • Alan Short (2001-2005) • John H. Connolly, Jr. (2003-2018) • Fred C. Gregory (2004-2008) • John W. Burden, III (2005-2007) • Kathryn Lincoln (2005-2011) • Christopher Lytle (2005-2014) • I. Hale Oliver (2005-2013) • Steven W. Percy (2007-2015) • Char Fowler (2008-2012) • John A. Corry (2008-2013) • John E. Anderson (2008-2016) • Gary M. Brost (2010-2016) • Thomas B. Hagen (2011-2017) • John Kobacker (2011-2016) • Laura P. Currie (2012-2017) • Cathy L. Bonner (2013-2019) • P. James Brady (2015-2016)• John A. Milos (2016-2019)

Former Board Leadership

Walter Roberts (August 1937 to August 1957)

Harold F. Reed (August 1957 to August 1967)

John D. Hamilton (August 1967 to August 1971)

Richard H. Miller (August 1971 to August 1996)

William H. Hill (August 1996 to August 2002)

Lowell K. Strohl (August 2002 to August 2008)

Steven W. Percy (August 2008 to August 2015)

Cathy L. Bonner (August 2015 to August 2019)

Committee Structure

The work of the Chautauqua Foundation is overseen by seven committees: Development Council, Executive, Finance, Audit, Investment, Nominating and Governance, and Personnel. With the exception of the Development Council, which is a joint committee with the Chautauqua Institution, each committee has a minimum of three voting members and includes the chair and the executive director. The number of the additional members shall be determined by the chair. Meetings of any committee may be called by the chair or by a vote of the majority of all members of the committee.


The Executive Committee is chaired by the Chair of the Board, is empowered to act on behalf of the corporation in any matter when the board is not in session, except election of Directors and officers, appointment or termination of the executive director, or amendment to the by-laws, which powers shall be reserved for the full board.


The Audit Committee's responsibility lies in assisting the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibility to oversee managements conduct of financial reporting and disclosure, system of internal controls and compliance, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and the independent auditors qualifications, performance, and independence.


The Finance Committee is responsible for the review and oversight of the Foundation's audit and finance functions and related communications, and to recommend to the Foundation Board of Directors policies,  guidelines and objectives based on that review and oversight.


The Investment Committee recommends to the Board policies, guidelines, and objectives for the deployment of all the financial assets of the Foundation. The Committee will monitor this deployment on a continuing basis for consistency of investment philosophy, return relative to objectives, investment risk, and the performance of the Foundation's financial advisors.


The Personnel Committee recommends personnel policies to the Board and monitors the execution thereof. The committee specifically audits the implementation of the performance appraisal systems and personnel policies, assists the Board in setting the goals for and reviewing the performance of the Foundation's executive director, and reviews the personnel policies of the Foundation to assure that these policies are consistent with the Institutions personnel policies.


The Nominating and Governance Committee is a standing committee of the Chautauqua Foundation, Inc. charged with ensuring the effective recruitment and performance of the Foundation's Board of Directors and governance of the Foundation. The recruiting objective requires the committee to assess on a continuing basis the skills and characteristics needed on the board, assemble, maintain, evaluate, and amend a list of potential candidates for nomination, maintain contact with the Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees, increase the knowledge base about and cultivate potential candidates, provide appropriate information and motivation to those requested to consider nomination for election, nominate candidates to the membership for election and terms of office, and ensure an appropriate orientation process.


The Development Council is a standing committee of both the Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors and the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees and serves as the primary interface between the two organizations on the issue of philanthropy. Its role is to discuss, evaluate, and recommend policies and actions to the Chautauqua Foundation and Institution boards on all matters affecting the philanthropic development of Chautauqua.



The Chautauqua Foundation, Inc. exists to support the Chautauqua Institution through the preservation, the appropriate use, and the growth of endowment funds.


From 1933 to 1936, the future of Chautauqua Institution was at significant risk. As the United States' economy entered and remained in a great depression, visitors and gate revenues decreased at Chautauqua. Carrying significant debt from the expansion of program and facilities throughout the 1920's, Chautauqua faced forfeiture on its loans. Chautauqua entered receivership in December of 1933. Under the leadership of Samuel Hazlett and a number of other leading Chautauquans, the Chautauqua Reorganization Corporation, an independent corporation which sought to acquire all claims against the Institution, undertook an active fund raising effort.

Hazlett's efforts were ultimately successful and by the end of the 1936 season, the debt had been retired and Chautauqua was released from receivership. Those who had been central to Chautauqua's recovery agreed in early 1937, to create the Chautauqua Foundation, another separate organization. As opposed to the Reorganization Corporation's charge to retire debt, the Foundation would seek to build a permanent set of assets that could be used to support the future work of the Institution. In May of 1937, the Foundation was incorporated and in August of that summer, the first annual meeting of the membership was held. The members elected Walter Roberts President.

Accumulation of assets within the Foundation proved difficult initially. The Foundation did not hold $1,000,000 of endowment principal until 1958. It took another thirteen years to reach $2,000,000.

The assets of the Foundation began to grow more rapidly beginning in the 1980's as Chautauqua undertook a series of comprehensive campaigns which asked for endowment and began to highlight the opportunities of giving through bequests and charitable life income gifts. This series of campaigns, including the most recent Promise Campaign, has resulted in the growth of the endowment to nearly $100 million, comprised of more than 700 endowment funds.



PromiseCampaign FinalReportCoverNearly 7,000 contributors—individuals, families, foundations and partners—brought Chautauqua beyond the finish line in the single-largest campaign in the Institution’s history. The original goal of $98.2 million to be raised throughout the six-year Promise Campaign (2011-2016) was exceeded by more than $5 million upon its successful conclusion on December 31, 2016. This is a testament to the generosity of this community and a shared belief in Chautauqua’s Promise.

Click here to learn more about the Promise Campaign’s objectives, community participation and to review the report on giving.


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Message from the Executive Director

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2020 is a year of change for the Chautauqua Foundation. The primary responsibility for fundraising returned to the Institution and the Foundation’s fiscal year has changed to align with the calendar year and the Institution’s fiscal year. These changes will minimize the expenses charged to endowment funds, simplify financial reporting and consolidate fundraising under the Institution’s operations. The Foundation will focus even more intensely on the management, growth and use of endowment assets in support of the Chautauqua experience.

The Institution’s new strategic plan, 150 Forward, calls for significant increases in philanthropy. The Foundation will play an active role to advocate for endowment as a critical part of that philanthropic vision, seeking to create and strengthen relationships with individuals and families who have generously supported Chautauqua with a gift to endowment. Our staff and board will continue to be vigilant stewards of the more than 700 endowment funds held by the Foundation, pursuing investment strategies designed to provide consistently strong returns while minimizing risks. We will protect the interests of our donors, ensuring that endowment funds are used appropriately. Finally, we will seek to maximize the Foundation’s support of the Institution and its programs, while at the same time ensuring the perpetual sustainability of our endowment assets.

It’s an honor to serve the Foundation and our donors at this exciting time.


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Deborah E. Moore, CPA
Executive Director
Chautauqua Foundation


The Lewis Miller Circle recognizes members of the NOW Generation whose leadership gifts help sustain the delivery of the entire CHQ experience, and inspire others to join them in similar acts of generosity.

Comprised of individuals who make an annual gift of $250 or more to the Chautauqua Fund, the Lewis Miller Circle provides an immediate impact on innovations to the annual experience at CHQ, supporting the full range of programming for families and patrons of all ages, as well as scholarships for the majority of students enrolled at the Schools of Fine & Performing Arts.

The Lewis Miller Circle’s dedication and financial support are helping build a stronger that will continue to welcome and nourish young professionals, families and artists for generations to come.

Gifts can be made securely online or by calling 716.357.6404. (Please note the Lewis Miller Circle when making your gift!)

Benefits of Membership in the Lewis Miller Circle

  • Invitation to an intimate Lewis Miller Circle reception
  • Special recognition in the annual report on giving
  • Complimentary subscription to PILLARS, a semi-annual publication for community leaders

Lewis Miller

Born in 1829, Lewis Miller was ahead of his times.... An Ohio inventor and industrialist—as well as father-in-law to Thomas Edison, innovator, machinist, later philanthropist, and visionary co-founder of the Chautauqua Movement on the shores of Chautauqua Lake—his legacy endures at Chautauqua Institution, and inspires us to consider the difference one person can make.