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Ways to Give

Give a Gift in Any Amount

The ESO is a 501(c)3 organization and gifts are tax deductible. It is easy through our on-line giving, or if you would prefer a check please send it to the attention of Cheryl Wendt at ESO, 20 DuPage Court, Elgin, IL 60120.

  • In Honor or In Memory of Someone

    Honor a friend, loved-one or even a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra with a gift in any amount. The name of the person you are honoring, as well as your name, will be listed in the ESO program books for the season.
  • Make a Tax-Free Contribution from Your IRA
    Consider making a contribution to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra directly from your IRA. An amount of the charitable contribution is excluded from your taxable income. Please consult your IRA manager and tax advisor for more details.
  • Donate Stock

    Give stocks that have increased in value. If owned more than one year, you do not pay capital gains and can deduct the full market value. Please call your financial advisor to inquire about donating stock to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
  • Corporate Matching Gift

    Through Corporate Matching Programs, many companies will match the charitable donations of their employees.



Join the Circle of Friends – ESO’s Monthly Giving Campaign

ESO’s Circle of Friends is a monthly giving program that makes it easy to support the ESO! You can sign up with a credit/debit card monthly charge or a deduction from your checking/savings account through our secure donation site with VANCO.

Our donors also receive some special experiences for being part of the ESO family – see our donor benefits for more information


Planned Giving: The Encore Society – Leave a Musical Legacy

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has been the grateful recipient of gifts made through the planned giving of Individuals who were touched by the ESO. Your generous legacy gift insures the ESO can continue to provide the highest quality experience to our patrons and our community for years to come.

Gifts can be made through wills, living trusts, and life insurance. Please talk to your estate planner for the programs that are right for you.

Please let us know if you have remembered us in your estate plans so we can recognize you as part of our Encore Society. For more information on the Encore Society and Planned Giving, contact Cheryl Wendt at 847-888-0404 ext. 232.

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