Message from the CEO

geof follansbeeThe Chautauqua Foundation seeks to assure that Chautauqua Institution is capable of delivering in perpetuity at the highest level on the Institution's mission. Thus the Foundation's focus is on developing and prudently investing philanthropic resources that will sustain Chautauqua for all time.

As a multi-faceted center of lifelong learning, Chautauqua Institution provides an increasingly rare forum for the respectful exchange of divergent ideas, beliefs, and political viewpoints among national and international thought leaders and thoughtful citizens who gather across nine weeks each summer on Chautauqua Lake in western New York. Since its founding in 1874, the Institution has provided an unparalleled, intergenerational experience that mixes the artistic, intellectual, and spiritual energies of presenters and patrons alike, who together engage in interfaith discussion, witness the products of Chautauqua's Schools of Fine & Performing arts, take on a bounty of recreational opportunities, and seek out a wide range of literary pursuits.

In 2019, the Chautauqua Foundation's position is strong, our ambitions are great. We welcome the opportunity to engage you in fulfilling Chautauqua's promise as a sustainable, vital, enlivening, and year-round force in our national conversation and the lives of all who are and all who would become Chautauquans.

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Geof Follansbee

CEO, Chautauqua Foundation



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