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Bestor Society

Bestor Society Giving Levels


  • The Benefactor Club: $25,000 +
  • The Patron Club: $10,000 +
  • The Sponsor Club: $5,000 +
  • The Presidents Club: $3,500 +


For more information, please contact:

Tina Downey

Director of the Chautauqua Fund

(716) 357-6406 |

Bestor Society

The Bestor Society was formed as an expression of belief in the Chautauqua Institution, and the enduring relevance of its mission for generations to come. The Bestor Society recognizes those whose leadership gifts help sustain the delivery of the entire Chautauqua experience and inspire others to acts of similar generosity.

Comprised of individuals who make an annual gift of $3,500 or more to the Chautauqua Fund—the bedrock and lifeblood of philanthropy at Chautauqua—the Bestor Society’s contributions account for approximately 85% of the Fund total. These proceeds directly support the full range of programming as well as scholarships for the majority of students enrolled in the Chautauqua Schools of Fine and Performing Arts, and are essential to the Institution's future health.

Presenting the entire Chautauqua experience is a costly undertaking, and after ticket sales and other revenues there still remains a 20% gap that is underwritten by generous philanthropic support.


Benefits of Bestor Society Membership

  • Invitation to the annual President's Address
  • Invitation to the Scholar-in-Residence Program
  • Opportunity for invitation to select event(s) at the President's Cottage
  • Invitations to special tours and/or events hosted by Chautauqua's artistic directors
  • Complimentary subscription to Pillars, a semi-annual publication for community leaders
  • Invitation to luncheon with select lecturer ($5,000+)

    Arthur E. Bestor

    Arthur E. Bestor's presidency of Chautauqua from 1915 to 1944 saw the Institution through an astonishing period of achievement and growth. Under his leadership the Institution surmounted difficulties experienced by a country during two world wars and a great depression. He realized that while persistence may have achieved his dreams, only passion would sustain them. Maintaining Chautauqua's programming, which had achieved world acclaim, would require ongoing devotion and support. More than fifty years later, the society that bears his name also shares his passion for maintaining Chautauqua's greatness. Today's builders... today's visionaries... those who care deeply about furthering the Institution's stability... form Chautauqua's Bestor Society.

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One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
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Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, dependent upon your gifts to fulfill its mission. Gate tickets and other revenue cover only a portion of the cost of your Chautauqua experience. A community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Visit our website for more information.