Named after the year of the Institution's founding, The 1874 Society recognizes donors who generously honor CHQ's legacy with leadership gifts to the annual fund in the amount of $1,874 - $4,999. Gifts of this level are critical to supporting the depth and quality of programming that are enjoyed each season and help to close the gap between earned revenues and that which must be subsidized by philanthropy. With ticket sales covering approximately 60% of the cost of underwriting the CHQ experience, this Society applauds the value in keeping prices affordable for families. The collective giving of the philanthropic leaders who make up The 1874 Society inspires other Chautauquans to similar acts of generosity, and enriches the experiences of every member of this beloved community.

Benefits of Membership in The 1874 Society

  • Invitation to luncheon with featured program participant
  • Invitations to special tours and/or events hosted by CHQ's artistic directors or leadership
  • Complimentary subscription to PILLARS, a semi-annual publication for community leaders
  • NEW 1874 Society members also enjoy invitation to a reception honoring new leadership donors

Benefits of 1874 Fellows

  • Enjoy the benefits of 1874 Society membership, AND invitation to the Scholar-in-Residence Program

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