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Chautauqua Foundation, Inc., is the principal organization responsible for the philanthropic funding of the Chautauqua Institution. In this role it will:

  • Develop and maintain programs, products and vehicles appropriate to the philanthropic needs of the Institution as determined by the Board of Trustees and the Administration.
  • Assure fiduciary care in the investment, custody and administration of funds raised.
  • Disburse funds to the Chautauqua Institution in compliance with the Chautauqua Foundation Articles of Incorporation and the requirements imposed by donors.
  • Develop and maintain a competent and active Board of Directors and other volunteers as appropriate.
  • Develop, maintain and direct a professional staff appropriate to carry out the above responsibilities.


In the discharge of its responsibilities, the Chautauqua Foundation will be guided by the Chautauqua Challenge as adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Foundation will be dedicated to quality and integrity in all of its internal and external relationships. The Foundation will anticipate and accept change while maintaining an understanding and appreciation of the history of the Chautauqua Institution in general and the Foundation in particular.

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P.O. Box 28
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.