Chautauqua is privileged to have the support of community partners who make possible maintaining the standard of excellence for programming which is the hallmark of the CHQ experience. Without the philanthropic assistance provided by corporate sponsorships, CHQ would be unable to present the artistic and cultural programming that so enriches the quality of life in this region.

Every effort is made to tailor sponsorships so they meet the specific desires of community partners. By offering diverse forms of promotion—which vary according to the desired level of visibility and a partner’s general needs or expectations—there is an intrinsic flexibility with sponsorship opportunities. Examples include sponsoring a lecture (including the highly visible 10:45 am lectures featuring renowned speakers), a symphony performance, a weekly lecture series, or an Amphitheater special event.

Popular evening shows in the Amphitheater, alone, have included often sold-out performances by Sheryl Crow, Jay Leno, The Beach Boys, Garrison Keillor, The Avett Brothers, and other top entertainers. Reserved seating is provided for community partners, their clients, and/or employees plus a limited number of free and/or reduced price tickets, and the group receives a special escort to the Amphitheater prior to the event. Some sponsors also elect to host a private reception at the Athenaeum Hotel before the performance.

Regularly, the Institution seeks philanthropic support for the major renovation of existing structures and the construction of new program and residential facilities based on programmatic priorities and its strategic plan. Recent examples include the Amphitheater project—the single largest capital project accomplished in Chautauqua’s history—as well as the Oliver Archives, Hagen-Wensley House, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Strohl Art Center, Fletcher Music Hall, and Connolly Residence Hall.

For many, Chautauqua is home in the most profound sense–a place to learn, to grow, to live securely, to revel in an environment of physical beauty. By supporting the Chautauqua Fund you are helping to provide a place where issues of the day are explored and the arts continue to flourish.

Your 100% tax-deductible gift to the Chautauqua Fund will help ensure a successful and vital future for the Chautauqua Institution. Unrestricted giving to Chautauqua's annual fund is among the most valuable of gifts the Institution can receive.

Gifts to the annual Chautauqua Fund are also a wonderful way to honor or memorialize someone. We will acknowledge your contribution with a note informing the family member or friend you designate.

To promote charitable giving, many companies match  their employees' gifts to non-profit organizations. If yours is one, your contribution to Chautauqua can be generously increased. (If the information is required, please note that the Foundation’s tax identification number is 16-6028421.) 

Leadership Giving

While gifts of any amount are most welcome and deeply appreciated, leadership giving is a wonderful way to help sustain the delivery of the Chautauqua experience at the highest quality and to more deeply engage with the program and community.


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Sponsor Club $5,000+
Patron Club $10,000+
Benefactor Club $25,000+
Presidents Circle $50,000+

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Member $1,874 to $3,499
Fellow $3,500 to $4,999


Planned gifts are deferred contributions which you can make through your will, retirement plan, trust, or other life-income plan, to name but a few options. They all offer attractive tax benefits, some of which can be immediate, particularly when you choose to fund your gift with appreciated securities, as you will reduce or eliminate capital gains tax.

Most important, planned gifts are added to Chautauqua’s endowment, ensuring that the programming quality experienced through all four of Chautauqua’s pillars – Arts, Education, Religion and Recreation, will continue for years to come.


Types of Gifts

Wills or Trusts

Wills or Trusts

A popular way to make a planned gift to Chautauqua is by a bequest in your will or trust. Estate gifts demonstrate your support for Chautauqua Institution but do not require you to part with needed assets during your lifetime. You may eliminate or reduce state or federal estate taxes.

A bequest can be made in one of the following ways:

  1. Specific Bequest: Name Chautauqua Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary of your estate for a specified dollar amount.

  2. Residuary Bequest: Once all estate obligations have been satisfied, i.e., taxes, debts, expenses, as well as other specific bequests, some percentage of what remains is given to Chautauqua.

  3. Contingent Bequest: This type of bequest is conditioned on the occurrence of an event, i.e., one or more of your beneficiaries predecease you, in which case, Chautauqua becomes the beneficiary (of a Specific Bequest or a Residuary Bequest).

The following language may be helpful when arranging a bequest to CHQ:
Our legal name: Chautauqua Foundation, Inc.
The Tax Identification number is 16-6028421.

I give ($______ ) (or a specific asset such as securities, real estate or other property), or (___ percent of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) to Chautauqua Foundation, Inc., in Chautauqua, New York, for permanent endowment for its general support of Chautauqua Institution.

If you would like to make a gift for a more specific purpose, contact Jenny Stitely, Director of Gift Planning, to discuss appropriate language and named fund agreements that will insure the proper application of your gift to meet your desired goals.

By making a bequest to CHQ, you are entitled to become a member of the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society.

* Please note that any type of planned gift you are considering should be discussed with your own professional advisors.



The Eleanor B. Daugherty Society

By making a planned gift to Chautauqua Foundation, Inc, you are entitled to become a member of the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society, a group of Chautauquans who have included Chautauqua Foundation in their will or other estate plans. Click here to learn more about membership benefits. 

Chautauqua Foundation Planned Giving Committee


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Jenny Stitely
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Andrew Camden
Jack Connolly
Jack Connolly
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Laura Currie
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Sylvia Faust
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Susan Laubach
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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

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.