Gifts to the annual Chautauqua Fund provide the main source of philanthropy toward the Institution’s operating budget. Every gift contributes to increasing the quality of programs while keeping ticket prices affordable for families and visitors. The Bell Tower Society has been established to recognize those who make a monthly recurring gift to the Chautauqua Fund, providing consistent and sustainable support. Convenient monthly giving is budget friendly, saves time and resources, and is a testament to one’s enduring commitment to CHQ.

Benefits of Bell Tower Society Membership

  • Invitation to special tour and/or events hosted by artistic directors and program leadership
  • Complimentary subscription to PILLARS, our semi-annual publication for community leaders

To start your monthly commitment today, please select the “Monthly Recurring Donation” option on the secure, online form at or call 716.357.6404.

The Miller Bell Tower

The Bell Tower was dedicated on August 1, 1911 as a memorial to Lewis Miller, one of the founders of Chautauqua Institution. In an address to commemorate him, co-founder John Heyl Vincent provided an overview of Lewis Miller’s life and accomplishments, concluding with:

Let us therefore, as we dedicate this tower to the memory of the generous and honored Lewis Miller, our friend and brother, make it a tribute to his work, a recognition of his invaluable contribution of the Chautauqua Institution; and let us personally resolve that we will sustain to the utmost of our ability the great work to which he devoted himself.

Through this historical lens and symbol of enduring commitment, the society which recognizes those who provide consistent support to CHQ with a monthly gift is named named the Bell Tower Society. These generous, ongoing investments will sustain the future of CHQ and honor the loyal commitments of those who have come before us.