1874 Society Members and Fellows collectively contribute approximately 15% of Chautauqua's annual philanthropic support helping to fund a variety of programs each year. These leadership gifts are critical to the vitality of Chautauqua's mission and ability to provide world-class programming.

Honoring Chautauqua's Legacy

Named after the year of the Institution's founding, the 1874 Society recognizes donors who generously honor Chautauqua'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 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 Chautauqua 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

1874 Society Members and Fellows enjoy invitations to exclusive events and/or tours hosted by Institution leadership, artistic directors and program participants. Additionally, 1874 Society Fellows have the opportunity to participate in the multi-day Scholar in Residence intensive.

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