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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What is the Chautauqua Foundation?
  2. What is the annual Chautauqua Fund?
  3. How do I make a gift to Chautauqua?
  4. Why are unrestricted gifts important?
  5. What are endowment gifts?
  6. What are Chautauqua’s greatest needs and can I specify how my gift will be used?
  7. Is there a limit on gifts to the Chautauqua Fund?
  8. Can I contribute a stock/securities gift?
  9. What is a matching gift and will my company match my gift to Chautauqua?
  10. Can I make a pledge and pay later?
  11. Can I make a recurring gift, so my contribution is spread out during the year and made automatically on a monthly/quarterly/etc. basis?
  12. Can I make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or an organization?
  13. How can I get more involved with the Foundation?
  14. What is Chautauqua’s non-profit tax ID number?
  15. How do I access my giving history?
  16. How do I get a copy of my tax receipt?
  17. Who can I contact for general information about giving to Chautauqua?
1. What is the Chautauqua Foundation?
The Chautauqua Foundation, Inc. was established in 1937 to develop and manage the Chautauqua Institution’s endowment. Currently, it has approximately $80 million in assets and distributes income annually to Chautauqua's operating budget. The Foundation also annually raises the Chautauqua Fund. Both the annual fund and the endowment are critical to Chautauqua’s fiscal security, as ticket sales only cover 60% of the cost to underwrite the Chautauqua experience.

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2. What is the annual Chautauqua Fund?
The annual Chautauqua Fund is the most immediate way to assure the Institution's financial health and quality of programming. Donations made to the Chautauqua Fund directly support students and visitors by funding annual expenses related to scholarships and programming. Those who donate to the Chautauqua Fund make the Chautauqua experience possible.

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3. How do I make a gift to Chautauqua?
It depends on the kind of gift you would like to make. You can make an unrestricted donation to Chautauqua’s Annual Fund, by calling (716) 357-6404, or by mailing your check to the Chautauqua Foundation, PO Box 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722. You can also donate online.
Planned gifts/bequest gifts include everything from naming Chautauqua in your will to contributing charitable gift annuities or securities. For more detailed information, go to Chautauqua’s Planned Giving page. You may also contact Dusty Nelson, dnelson@ciweb.org, Director of Gift Planning, at (716) 357-6409.

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4. Why are unrestricted gifts important?
Unrestricted gifts provide Chautauqua with the greatest amount of financial flexibility to fund a variety of scholarship, programmatic and other pressing needs. Some programs can rely annually on designated support, while unrestricted gifts make a significant impact on the entirety of the Chautauqua experience.

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5. What are endowment gifts?
Endowments are gifts that are invested and generate interest that is used for the purpose you choose to support, leaving the principal intact so it can grow and provide a long-term stream of income. If you are interested in creating an endowment, contact Dusty Nelson, dnelson@ciweb.org, Director of Gift Planning, at (716) 357-6409. For an update on the Institution’s investment portfolio, which includes the endowment, see the Annual Report.

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6. What are Chautauqua’s greatest needs and can I specify how my gift will be used?
You may support any part of Chautauqua you choose, and make specific designations for how your gift will be used. All gifts are greatly appreciated; however, please consider making the Chautauqua Fund your top annual giving priority. The Chautauqua Fund impacts all areas requiring support and unrestricted support has the most immediate impact on innovations to the annual experience.

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7. Is there a limit on gifts to the Chautauqua Fund?
No. There is no dollar limit on any gift to the Chautauqua Fund. Gifts of all sizes are vital to the advancement of Chautauqua’s mission.

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8. Can I contribute a stock/securities gift?
Yes, and there may be some tax advantages in this type of gift. Download a pdf with more information or contact Tina Downey, tdowney@ciweb.org, Director of the Chautauqua Fund, at (716) 357-6406.

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9. What is a matching gift and will my company match my gift to Chautauqua?
A matching gift is a donation from the company you work for to a charitable organization of your designation. Each company varies in policy, as well as by their percentage of a match. An increasing number of companies are offering matching gifts for both employees and retirees. Utilizing a corporate matching gift is a significant and easy way to maximize the impact of your gift. To see if your company has a matching gift program, check with your employer’s Human Resource/Personnel office.

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10. Can I make a pledge and pay later?
Yes, pledges are welcome. Chautauqua's contributors honor their pledges faithfully. All pledges to the Chautauqua Fund must be paid by December 31st to count in the current year’s campaign total. Other gifts, however, such as capital and certain types of endowment support may be paid for over the course of several years. Please contact Karen Blozie, kblozie@ciweb.org, Senior Major Gifts Officer, at (716) 357-6244 to discuss the details of a gift you are considering.

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11. Can I make a recurring gift, so my contribution is spread out during the year and made automatically on a monthly basis?
Absolutely. An increasing number of donors are enjoying the ability to contribute with recurring payments made throughout the year. Either online or over the phone at (716) 357-6404, you can set up automatically recurring monthly payments and qualify for membership in the Bell Tower Society.

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12. Can I make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or an organization?
Yes. The Chautauqua Foundation welcomes gifts that commemorate a special individual, organization or occasion. To ensure your gift is properly attributed and acknowledged, please be sure to mark your online gift as such at giving.ciweb.org. For questions, contact Jackie Chagnon (jchagnon@ciweb.org), Stewardship and Donor Relations, at (716) 357-6407.

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13. How can I get more involved with the Foundation?
There are many opportunities to participate in volunteer activities with the Foundation, and to support Chautauqua’s mission through active engagement. For more information on how to become involved, contact foundation@ciweb.org / (716) 357-6243.
If you are a member of the NOW Generation (approx. 21-40 years of age) and would like information on how you can engage with a passionate network of young Chautauquans to foster innovative leadership, dialogue and philanthropy, please contact Megan Sorenson, msorenson@ciweb.org, Associate Director of the Chautauqua Fund, at (716) 357-6243.

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14. What is Chautauqua’s non-profit tax ID number?
All gifts are tax deductible. Chautauqua Foundation’s non-profit tax ID number is 16-6028421.

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15. How do I access my giving history?
Please contact Chris Baglia, cbaglia@ciweb.org, Gift Administrator, at (716) 357-6214.

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16. How do I get a copy of my tax receipt?
Please contact Jackie Chagnon, jchagnon@ciweb.org, Stewardship and Donor Relations, at (716) 357-6407.

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17. Who can I contact for general information about giving to Chautauqua?
The main line for the Foundation office is (716) 357-6220 or email foundation@ciweb.org. The mailing address is: Chautauqua Foundation, One Ames Ave., PO Box 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722.

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