Comprised of individuals who make an annual gift of $250 or more to the Chautauqua Fund as members of the NOW Generation, the Lewis Miller Circle provides an immediate impact on innovations to the annual experience at Chautauqua, supporting the full range of programming for families and patrons of all ages, as well as scholarships for the majority of students enrolled at the Schools of Performing and Visual Arts.

Looking to Chautauqua's Future

The Lewis Miller Circle recognizes members of the NOW Generation whose leadership gifts help sustain Chautauqua and inspire others to join them in similar acts of generosity. The Lewis Miller Circle's dedication and financial support are helping build a stronger that will continue to welcome and nourish young professionals, families and artists for generations to come.

Gifts can be made securely online or by calling 716.357.6404. (Please note the Lewis Miller Circle when making your gift!)

Benefits of Membership

Members of the NOW Generation enjoy invitations to an annual welcome reception and other summer activities, as well as opportunities to attend regional events across the country. Additionally, NOW Generation members choosing to deepen their engagement with Chautauqua through membership in the Lewis Miller Circle receive an invitation to an intimate reception in their honor and special recognition in the Report on Philanthropy.

Lewis Miller

Born in 1829, Lewis Miller was ahead of his times.... An Ohio inventor and industrialist—as well as father-in-law to Thomas Edison, innovator, machinist, later philanthropist, and visionary co-founder of the Chautauqua Movement on the shores of Chautauqua Lake—his legacy endures at Chautauqua Institution, and inspires us to consider the difference one person can make.