Founded in 1944, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic has grown from a modest community orchestra into one of the two largest performing ensembles in Indiana. This healthy growth has been possible in part due to the presence of an endowment. As individual and corporate contributions can fluctuate wildly with changes in the economy, the Philharmonic relies on an increasing endowment to help us sustain an orchestra of this caliber and continue providing outstanding concerts and music education programs for generations to come.
It is The Phil's policy that gifts made in honor or memory of a friend or loved one benefit the endowment. Gifts made to the endowment are held in perpetuity, and the interest generated provides ongoing operating support to The Phil.
Endow a Chair or Program
Endow a musician’s chair or education program and help ensure the future of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s finest assets. Named chair and program endowments are acknowledged in all orchestra rosters and concert publications.
Named Chair Opportunities Available:
- Associate Conductor $250,000
- Principal Viola $250,000
- Principal Bass $100,000
- Principal Bassoon $100,000
- Contrabassoon $25,000
- Second Trombone $35,000
- Bass Trombone $25,000
- Fourth Horn $25,000
- Various Section Players $25,000
Named Education Program Opportunities:
- In-School Ensembles (2 available) $50,000
- Young People’s Concerts (2 available) $50,000
- Family Series Concerts (3 available) $25,000
- Youth Symphony (3 available) $25,000
Contact the Development Office at 260.481.0776 if you would like more information about supporting the Philharmonic’s endowment.
Laureate Club and Planned Giving
The Laureate Club is a group of individuals who have provided a deferred gift to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic through an estate plan or other financial planning instrument. We gratefully acknowledge their generosity, foresight and lifelong commitment.
Since our earliest days, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic has depended on planned and deferred gifts to help us sustain the fine art of musical performance and educational programming in our northeast Indiana community. In simple terms, a planned gift is the reassignment of a donor’s assets to a selected charity. In addition to providing much-needed support for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and its programs, a planned gift may bring significant benefits for you and your family.
Provide a meaningful and lasting investment in the Philharmonic’s music for future generations
A properly designed planned gift may enable you to:
Ensure that your assets benefit the individuals and organization of your choice
Substantially decrease your income tax and estate tax obligations and maximize the amount provided to your heirs through thoughtful tax planning
Please contact The Phil's Development Office if you are considering or have made plans that include the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. We are happy to provide you and your financial advisors with legacy ideas for your consideration. Questions about planned giving should be directed to the Development Office at 260.481.0776.