All gifts, regardless of size, are incredibly valuable for the continuation of the YSO’s traditions and continued health. There are three kinds of giving - all of which are of great value to the orchestra.
1. Endowed Giving - A gift of $100,000 or more can be placed in a named fund, the yield of which the YSO can draw from in perpetuity. Currently, endowed funds yield about 5% of their principal, meaning a gift of $100,000 will grant the YSO $5,000 a year. Endowed gifts are incredibly valuable to the permanent and perpetual health of the orchestra.
2. Direct Gift - Any donation under $100,000 can be made available to the YSO immediately toward current projects. These funds can still be placed in a dedicated fund account, whose balance will carry over from year-to-year. Interest won’t accumulate, however. Once the balance is spent, it is gone. These gifts are very valuable for one-time funding of things like tours, special concerts, and events.
3. Material/Capital Gift - The YSO can also benefit from a donation of specific instruments (listed below) that the orchestra often needs. Other material gifts, like a screen or projector for Halloween, allow us to avoid rental of stage equipment every year.
Examples of Projects Endowed or Direct Gifts would Benefit Include
|Annual Touring||$5,000,000||$250,000 (for a single tour)|
|Biannual Touring||$2,500,000||$250,000 (for a single tour)|
|Triannual Touring||$1,250,000||$250,000 (for a single tour)|
|Annual Special Guest Artist||$1,000,000||$15,000 - $50,000|
|Annual New Work Commissioning by a Major Composer||$500,000||$10,000 - $25,000|
|Halloween Show Production||$200,000||$10,000|
|One Regular Season Concert Production||$200,000||$10,000|
|Season Concert Posters and Poster Printing||$100,000||$5,000|
|Post-Concert Receptions in the President’s Room||$100,000||$5,000 - $6,500|
|William Waite Concerto Competition||$50,000||$2,500 (for judges)|
|Annual YSO trip to hear New York Philharmonic||$50,000||$2,500|
|YSO Commencement Concert Production||$40,000||$2,000|
|Fund student lessons||$30,000 per student||$1,500 per student|
|YSO Undergraduate Composer Reading||$20,000||$1,000 (for recording)|
|YSO Annual Start-of-Year Retreat||$10,000||$500|
|YSO Senior Dinner||$10,000||$500 - $750|
These one-time gifts are also of extraordinary value to the YSO:
|English Horn||Please contact us directly|
|Bass Clarinet||Please contact us directly|
|E-Flat Clarinet||Please contact us directly|
|Contrabassoon||Please contact us directly|
|Travel Celli (fiberglass for safer travel)||Please contact us directly|
|New projector screen for the YSO Halloween Show||~$4,000|
|Digital projector for the YSO Halloween Show||$2,000 - $3,000|
|Fund the digitization of the Prof. William Bennett Sr. concert recording archives||~$40 per concert recording|
|Fund the digitization of the James Ross DAT concert recording archives||$500|