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Ways to Give
Annual Fund Giving
Your gift to our Annual Fund supports great concerts featuring the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and much, much more. Plus, talented soloists such as pianist Matthew Hagle, violinist Irina Muresanu and cellist Wendy Warner. Every gift, whatever its size, is recognized with gratitude in our concert programs and ensures the ESO remains healthy and strong, now and in the future!
Share The Stage!
You share the excitement when Maestro Eckerling and the Evanston Symphony Orchestra take the stage. Now you can “Share the Stage” with the orchestra – with your gift of $150 or more to the Annual Fund.
Share the Stage is our way of recognizing that our ESO Community is made up of orchestra members and supporters. Your gift sponsors a Section member, a chair in the orchestra. Choose an instrument you love, one you play, or one you wish you could play – it’s your turn to shine. A gift of $450 or more sponsors a Principal Player (leaders of each of the 19 sections). You may select to support a Soloist with a gift of $750 – $1,499 and our exclusive Concertmaster category is available for gifts starting at $1,500.
At each concert we display our “Share the Stage” recognition board in the lobby. Principal Player sponsors are prominently displayed because, like the musicians who lead each section of our orchestra, these generous individuals demonstrate leadership in their commitment to our mission. Section Member sponsors are recognized in the reserved seat of the instrument of their choice. Our goal is to have a sponsor for each musician in our orchestra!
If your employer matches their employees’ gifts to non-profit organizations, every dollar you give to the Evanston Symphony Orchestra could have twice the impact or even more for the ESO! When making your gift to the ESO, please contact your Employee Benefits Administrator or Corporate Giving Department about matching gifts.
A tribute gift to the Evanston Symphony is a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone like a birthday or anniversary, or to recognize accomplishments like graduations, promotions or other special occasions. It can also honor the memory of a dear friend or relative. An honor or memorial gift to the Evanston Symphony Orchestra expresses your feelings in a unique way and is a moving tribute to a loved one who cherishes music and cares about enriching our community. Tribute gifts are listed in our programs and in Keynotes.
Gifts of Appreciated Securities
Making a gift of stock, bonds, mutual funds or other securities that have increased in value could help you achieve both your financial and charitable goals. When you give securities directly to the ESO, you bypass capital gains taxes that would be due on a sale and reduce your federal and perhaps state income taxes. To find out more about the benefits of making a gift of securities, please contact us at 847.864.8804.