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Eleanor B. Daugherty Society


For more information, please contact:

Dustin Nelson
Director of Gift Planning
(716) 357-6409 |

Please provide Dustin with your mailing address if you would like to receive printed materials on planned giving.

Eleanor B. Daugherty Society

By making a planned gift to Chautauqua Foundation, Inc., you are entitled to become a member of the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society, a group of Chautauquans who have included Chautauqua Foundation in their will or other estate plans.  There are over 300 individuals in the Society, ranging in age from 38 to over 100.  Society members receive many benefits and most important, as a member we are pleased to thank and recognize you for your generosity in helping to ensure Chautauqua’s future.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Invitation to the annual “Daugherty Society” luncheon with a selected lecturer
  • Opportunity for invitation to special gatherings at the President’s Cottage
  • Exclusive tours conducted by Chautauqua’s artistic directors
  • Invitation to the annual Scholar-in-Residence Program
  • Recognition in The Chautauquan Daily and off-season Chautauquan, as well as the Institution and Foundation's annual reports (a member’s wish to remain anonymous is respected)


Eleanor B. Daugherty

The Society is named in honor of the late Eleanor B. Daugherty, a Chautauquan and retired music teacher from Buffalo, New York. Her major bequest to Chautauqua's piano and religion departments created an enduring legacy and an indelible mark on the Institution, far in excess of her lifetime giving capabilities. The Eleanor B. Daugherty Society is composed of individuals who have chosen to support Chautauqua's mission through charitable bequests, life-income gifts and trusts.

If you have already included Chautauqua in your plans, please let us know so we can recognize and thank you, and welcome you into the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society. (Requests for anonymity are respected.)

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