There are many ways to donate to Chautauqua. In addition to giving online, by mail, or by phone, you can also support the Chautauqua Institution by joining the Bestor Societymaking a planned gift, or asking your employer about a gift-matching program.

Gifts in support of the annual Chautauqua Fund or capital projects should be directed to Chautauqua Institution (Federal ID# 16-0758844). Gifts to endowment should be directed to the Chautauqua Foundation (Federal ID # 16-6028421).

Pledge to make a gift when it’s convenient for you. For more information, call 716-357-6404 or email

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Make a gift or pledge by credit card or with a checking or savings account here. Secure and mobile-friendly! 

Give by Phone

Call 716-357-6404

Give by Mail

Print blank form for annual gifts to the Chautauqua Fund or capital gifts, complete and mail:

Download the form here.

Gifts to the Chautauqua Fund or in support of capital projects can be mailed to:
Chautauqua Institution
Office of Advancement
PO Box 28
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Checks should be payable to “Chautauqua Institution.”


Print blank form for endowment gifts, complete and mail: 

Download the form here.

Gifts to endowment can be mailed to:
Chautauqua Foundation
PO Box 28
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Checks should be payable to “Chautauqua Foundation.”


For all checks, designations to funds or program areas should be indicated on the memo line of the check or in accompanying correspondence. Please do not send cash through the mail.




Chautauqua Fund

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Capital Support

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Gift Planning

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Miller Edison Cottage and Garden

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Appreciated Securities

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Monthly Giving

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Endowment and Naming

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Honorary and Memorial

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Program Sponsor

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Honor Your Host

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Matching Gifts

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