Ways to Give

Individual Gifts to the Annual Fund

You may be surprised by the many easy ways you can support your Charlottesville Symphony. Your tax-deductible contribution, no matter the size, helps sustain the orchestra’s wonderful performances and vital K-12 education programs.

Donate Online

Make a Donation with a Check or Cash

  • Checks made payable to the Charlottesville Symphony Society and money orders may be mailed to:

The Charlottesville Symphony Society
P.O. Box 4206
Charlottesville, Virginia 22905

  • You can increase the size of your gift and upgrade your donor benefits by including a completed corporate matching gift form from your employer.

Call the Charlottesville Symphony Society Office

  • Our friendly and efficient staff will take your credit or debit card information over the phone.
  • Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00.  Please call (434) 243-2513.

Make a Gift of Securities

  • For gifts of stock, please visit this UVA Fund webpage for electronic transfer information.  Be sure to include your name and designate the Charlottesville Symphony Society as the recipient under the "Reference" line.

Transfer a Gift from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

  • You can make a direct transfer if:
    1. You are age 70 ½ or older on the day of the gift.
    2. You transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to the Charlottesville Symphony Society.
  • This opportunity applies only to IRAs and not to other types of retirement plans. You will pay no income tax on the gift.  The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you don’t itemize your tax deductions.
  • Please consult your tax professional or IRA plan administrator for guidance.  Then contact the Symphony office at (434) 243-2513 or rnm4a@virginia.edu to obtain routing information.

Make a Memorial or Tribute Gift

  • Make a contribution in memory or in honor of a loved one, a favorite teacher or a respected colleague. A card will be sent notifying the family or honoree of your thoughtfulness.

Turn a Great Ride into Great Music

  • We now accept all types of vehicle donations.  We'll maximize the sale of your car, RV, truck, motorcycle or boat, and your gift is tax-deductible.  Click here or call 855-500-7433 to get started, or call 434-243-2513 for more information.

The Charlottesville Symphony Society’s Federal Tax ID number is 54-1800245. Our physical address is 801 West Main Street, Suite 201, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.  Please send all correspondence and contributions to PO Box 4206, Charlottesville, VA  22905.

Donor Levels & Benefits

The donor benefits of the Annual Fund program are designed to bring you closer to the Orchestra. Donors have special opportunities to meet the Charlottesville Symphony’s musicians, attend open rehearsals and enjoy behind-the-scenes events. Gifts up to $1,499 are fully tax-deductible. Gifts of $1,500 or more are assigned a non-deductible amount corresponding to the fair market value of benefits received.  Donors who wish to decline benefits and claim a full tax deduction may call the Symphony office at (434) 243-2513.

MUSICIAN - $100 - $249

  • Invitation to Charlottesville Symphony Society Annual Meeting
  • Donor recognition in all concert playbills
  • Invitation to the September Season Opening Reception

PRINCIPAL PLAYER - $250 - $499

  • All the above benefits
  • Invitation to Open Rehearsals

CONCERTMASTER - $500 - $749

  • All the above benefits
  • Pair of complimentary tickets to a Sunday Masterworks concert of your choice

COMPOSER - $750 - $1,499

  • All the above benefits
  • Invitation to a Behind the Scenes event

MUSIC DIRECTOR - $1,500 - $2,499 ($25 non-deductible)

  • All the above benefits
  • Invitation to the Music Director's Reception

SYMPHONY CIRCLE - $2,500 - $4,999 ($60 non-deductible)

  • All the above benefits
  • Complimentary VIP concert parking

VIRTUOSO CIRCLE - $5,000 - $9,999 ($130 non-deductible)

  • All the above benefits
  • Dinner with Music Director Benjamin Rous

DIAMOND CIRCLE - $10,000 & above ($130 non-deductible)

  • All the above benefits
  • Special recognition throughout the season

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Corporate Support

Put Your Company in the Spotlight!

An investment in the Charlottesville Symphony Society is good business for your business. A thriving cultural community makes Charlottesville attractive to your employees, new recruits and clients. Help ensure that Charlottesville is a good place to live and work by forging a partnership with the Symphony Society.

Contribute to the Annual Fund

  • Your company’s name will appear on the Donor Roster all season long.
  • Donors receive exclusive benefits including invitations to receptions, behind-the-scenes events and open rehearsals.
  • Gifts of any amount are welcome.

Sponsor a Concert

  • Sponsoring a Charlottesville Symphony concert puts your company’s name and logo front and center, appearing in all advertising and promotion.
  • You’ll also receive a complimentary full-page ad in the playbill for your chosen concert, acknowledgement from the stage and complimentary tickets.
  • Individual performance sponsorships begin at $2,500.

Advertise in Concert Playbills

  • Position your message in front of an audience that is active, socially conscious, well-educated and affluent. Approximately 10,000 playbills are distributed at 12 concerts between September and May each year.
  • Advertising rates start at just $450.
  • Click here for more information about advertising.

Purchase Tickets at a Group Discount

  • Invite your employees. Say thank you to customers or clients. Bring your entire corporate family. And do it at a substantial savings.
  • Visit our Ticket Information page for details on Group Sales.

The Charlottesville Symphony Society can also customize sponsorship opportunities with valuable public exposure for education programs, community engagement activities, donor recognition events and printed materials.  For more information, please call (434) 243-2513.


2023-24 Sponsors

The Mr. and Mrs. James L. Brown Fund for Youth Concerts

The Vesta Lee Gordon Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Richard M. and Tessa G. Ader Endowed Fund for Music Education

The Angus Macaulay Visiting Artists Fund

The Davidson Guest Artist Fund

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Planned Giving - The Encore Society

Plan for your future and ours – leave a lasting legacy of great music!

When you make a gift through your estate, either now or at the end of your life, you help secure the Symphony’s future.  Planned gifts provide benefits to the orchestra, but may also aid you in achieving your own financial and philanthropic goals.  Legacy donors have further discovered that gift planning can allow them to make much larger gifts than they had thought possible!

There are many ways to create a legacy gift, including:

  • Charitable Bequests
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Gifts of Retirement Plans
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts

The Encore Society recognizes and thanks those forward thinking donors who have remembered the Charlottesville Symphony Society with a planned gift and notified it of this intention.  Encore Society members are listed in concert playbills and invited to special events.

The Charlottesville Symphony Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.  Its mission is to provide financial, marketing and administrative support to the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.  Its federal tax identification number is 54-1800245.  The mailing address for planned gift notification is P.O. Box 4206, Charlottesville, Virginia 22905, and the physical address is 801 West Main Street, Suite 201, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

The Society does not provide legal or tax advice.  We encourage you to contact your attorney or financial advisor to help you understand the impact of any intended gift on your estate planning.

Please let us know if we are unaware of your eligibility for membership in the Encore Society.  Requests for anonymity will be honored.

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Donor Advised Funds

What is a donor advised fund?
A donor advised fund is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support The Charlottesville Symphony Society. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, donor advised funds are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.

Recommend a gift to The Charlottesville Symphony Society now through your donor advised fund using DAF Direct. 

  1. Select the sponsoring organization from the “Donate now from” field.
  2. Enter the amount (in dollars) you would like to recommend in the “Amount” field.
  3. Click on the “NEXT” button to proceed to the sponsoring organization’s website to complete your donor advised fund transaction. Please note, you will be directed to an external website to complete your transaction.

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