An endowment or planned gift to Ravinia is an investment in Ravinia Festival's future. It assures that everything you value about Ravinia, from the world's finest classical music in an incomparably beautiful setting to nationally recognized community outreach programs, remains available for generations to come.
Your visionary generosity to future artists and audiences can also benefit you and your family. Most of these gifts result in:
- Immediate tax deduction
- Estate tax savings
- Investment income
What kinds of gifts can you offer? Some are direct payments to Ravinia's endowment fund: the Fund to Assure Ravinia's Future. Others are direct payments to the endowment that allow the donor or another beneficiary to receive an income for life. Still others are part of a will – after any family is provided for to your satisfaction. The tools available to give these gifts include:
- Charitable gift annuities
- Charitable remainder trusts
- Charitable lead trusts
- Insurance policies
There are several forms of recognition for Ravinia's planned givers. You can immediately become a member of The Edward Gordon Society, a prestigious group named after our late, esteemed executive director. Members also receive advance ticketing privileges and more.
Other opportunities for giving include the dedication of trees and benches to honor loved ones in our To Beautify Program.
If you would like more information about endowment or planned giving to Ravinia Festival, Mercedes Rohlfs will be glad to discuss options that relate to your interests and needs. She can be contacted at:
Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts