Special Gift Instructions
make a lasting difference at Tanglewood
Gifts in Honor or in Memory of Someone
Honorary and memorial gifts to the BSO are a way to honor the legacy of a loved one while providing vital support to the BSO's musical mission.
Gifts in honor or in memory may be made in the following ways:
Online: visit bso.org/contribute and select "This gift is made in memory of / in honor of" under "Select additional options."
By Mail: Simply print this form and mail it along with your gift to:
Friends of the Boston Symphony
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
By Phone: Call the Friends Office at (617) 638-9267 to give by credit card over the phone.
Upon receipt of an honorary or memorial gift, the BSO will acknowledge the tax-deductible contribution to the donor, as well as notify the honoree or a designated family member at the provided address. If you are a family member looking to receive notification of gifts made in your loved one's memory, please be in touch with the Friends Office at the number below.
Honorary or memorial gifts will be directed at the discretion of the family, which may include gifts to the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, or Tanglewood Annual Funds. For more information on directing gifts towards specific initiatives, or to learn about the BSO's various recognition opportunities, contact the Friends Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-638-9276.
The BSO gratefully accepts contributions to its endowment, the income from which assures the orchestra's sound financial future. BSO endowment opportunities include supporting musicians' chairs, Tanglewood Music Center Fellowships, particular concerts, and guest artist positions.
Endow a Chair
Endowing a musician's chair is a unique way to forge a deeper connection with the BSO and its players. While making a significant contribution to the BSO, you also get to build a relationship with the musician whose chair you've endowed. Endowed chairs are listed in the orchestra roster in program books for all concerts.
Endow a Concert or Guest Artist Engagement
You may choose to have a BSO performance at Tanglewood or the engagement of a guest artist named in recognition of your gift of an endowed fund.
Each summer, the BSO moves to its pastoral summer home at Tanglewood in the Berkshire Hills. The BSO maintains Tanglewood's 529 acres of majestic landscape, the Tanglewood Music Center, function rooms, audience facilities, and numerous performance spaces including the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Seiji Ozawa Hall. Capital gifts provide the funds needed to maintain and improve the BSO's facilities at Tanglewood as well as implement new technologies and purchase instruments. Donors may designate a capital gift to a specific capital project, or make a completely unrestricted capital gift.
Named Seat in the Koussevitzky Music Shed
By endowing a seat in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, you help ensure the preservation of Tanglewood for future generations. This can also be a unique way to pay tribute or remember a loved one. Each endowed seat is recognized by a plaque bearing an inscription of the donor's choice and a corresponding plaque with the seat number mounted on the "Endowed Seats" board on the side wall of the Shed.
Named Tree and Tanglewood
You can name a tree on the grounds of Tanglewood. An arboretum-quality plaque bearing a brief honorary inscription is mounted on the stake adjacent to the tree. The selection of the precise tree is made in collaboration with the BSO's Director of Tanglewood Facilities.
Special gifts can support the BSO's current artistic and programmatic endeavors and capital projects at Tanglewood. Donors who are interested in supporting specific projects are encouraged to inquire into current funding needs.
Office of Major and Planned Giving Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tax Identification Number
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. is a US tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID Number: 04-2103550).
All gifts to the BSO are tax-deductible as allowed by law.