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Endowment Fund

Support our mission of enriching the quality of life through live musical performances and educational programs.

In the summer of 2023, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra launched its SymphonySustained campaign.

After 65 years of performance and outreach, the Symphony is recognized as one of the region’s leading arts organizations. Together, its artistry, loyal audiences and experienced administration drive organizational stability and are the catalyst for a bold plan to realize long-term vitality & growth.

The Symphony is now seeking to grow from stability to sustainability by growing its endowment funds to at least $10 million, consisting of cash gifts to be fulfilled in the next three-to-five years as well as new planned gifts. The resulting board-directed endowment fund will usher in a new era of symphonic vibrancy, sustaining and advancing its commitment to music, audiences and the community.

SymphonySustained invites symphony enthusiasts, community leaders, and heroic philanthropists to join DSO leaders in building the organizations future. Your partnership is a meaningful investment in a relevant and thriving Symphony, as well as a deserving community.

The SymphonySustained Endowment Fund will be used for operational support and extraordinary projects at the discretion of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.

The Symphony’s Making a Difference campaign began in the fall of 2007 and came to a successful conclusion five years later. During that campaign, the symphony created two endowment fund options:

Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund follows a traditional endowment model whereby the donor's gift remains endowed in perpetuity.

Only the earnings from the Legacy Fund are available for operational support.

Opportunity Fund

The Opportunity Fund consists of donor gifts that are set aside by the symphony Board of Directors to fund special opportunities. These board-restricted funds plus earnings can then be used for operational support and extraordinary projects at the discretion of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board.

Gifts in support of the DSO’s endowment funds can be sent directly to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

A partnership has also been established with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, who can accept gifts on the DSO’s behalf. Donors who wish to support the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s permanently endowed fund at the Community Foundation may qualify for Endow Iowa tax credits.

To discuss giving to the endowment fund, or any other means of supporting the DSO, contact Kara Murphy, Director of Development:

Kara Murphy

Disclaimer: The DSO is not in a position to offer legal or tax advice. Please consult your personal tax, financial or legal advisors