A 21st-century arts organization cannot be complacent
Hallmarks of our Symphony include:
"A great city like Houston deserves a great orchestra."
—John Mangum, Executive Director/CEO, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
Create a named endowed fund to support an area
of the Houston Symphony important to you, such as:
- Guest Conductor/Guest Artists Fund
- Education and Community Fund
- Classical Music Programming Fund
- Popular Programming Fund
- Fund for New Music
- Touring Fund
A named endowed fund is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or to celebrate you or your family’s passion for the Houston Symphony. Named funds may be permanently established within the Houston Symphony Endowment with a minimum contribution of $250,000. The fund can be designated for general purposes or specific interests, some of which are listed above.
One of the most impactful funds you can create is a Permanently Endowed Orchestra Chair. Opportunities to permanently endow an Orchestral Chair begin at $1,000,000. Permanently endowing a musician chair provides the Houston Symphony with funds to attract, retain and support musicians of the highest caliber.
The primary aim of our endowment campaign is to achieve long-term financial stability by growing the endowment. Many endowment gifts are traditionally received through planned estate contributions. That is a long-term strategy that will provide ongoing influxes of funds. To realize the funding level we need at a bare minimum in today’s work, we must grow the endowment in the short term, which is why we are seeking direct gifts in this campaign.