Lakeside Chautauqua is a non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations. Our mission is To enrich the quality of life for all people, to foster traditional Christian values and nurture relationships through opportunities for renewal and growth…spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically…while preserving Lakeside’s heritage.
Lakeside counts on the support of time, talent and treasure from all who visit. Download the 2022-23 Annual Report to review how generosity helps Lakeside continue for generations.
Funds to Support
Your gifts to The Lakeside Impact Fund support the Chautauqua programs and improvements to buildings and grounds. When you give to The Lakeside Impact Fund, you make a direct and immediate impact upon Lakesiders of all generations and support a place where families and friends can rest, reconnect and renew as a community.
Your support of the Lakeside Impact Fund is critical to the day-to-day operations of the organization. Your parking and gate fees, while vital, fund less than half of what it takes to produce the Chautauqua experience each year. Additionally, even after food, lodging, property assessment fees, waste removal fees and other sources of income such as special events and concession income, a significant need remains.
When you give to The Lakeside Impact Fund, you make a direct and immediate impact upon Lakesiders of all generations and support a place where families and friends can rest, reconnect and renew as a community. Generosity from your family, friends and neighbors makes the Chautauqua experience possible.
These endowment funds have one objective: to support strategic plan goals, not just for one year, or even one generation, but in perpetuity.
Lakeside Chautauqua must grow endowment funds in order to achieve its strategic goals and to protect the Chautauqua experience for many more generations. Currently, the endowment totals approximately $9 million.
Each year, a percentage of the Lakeside Endowment is drawn on to support the Chautauqua program and many historic buildings. Approximately $300,000 is dispersed from the endowment to support the signature Chautauqua program and the Lakeside experience each fiscal year.
Many Lakesiders have made it a priority to protect Lakeside Chautauqua by planning a deferred endowment gift. Today there are 70 Founders Society families who have already planned new endowment gifts. We thank these families for their support. We have to do even more to protect Lakeside; therefore, new endowment gifts are essential to sustaining the Lakeside mission.
The Sesquicentennial Committees have been busy planning and developing programming and special events for the Sesquicentennial celebration. Lakeside’s 150th Anniversary Celebration is planned to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present and Look to the Future. The theme of the celebration is “Building Community Since 1873.”
In order to continue the planning and fulfill our commitment to providing high-level lectures, performers, a documentary partnership, and many family activities, we need your support. Join the Lakeside Chautauqua Sesquicentennial Society today by giving $150 to celebrate 150 years!
By making a commitment to give an additional gift of $150 twice in 2022 and once in 2023 for a total of $450, you can help Lakeside plan its season-long celebration without additional fees or impinging on an already tight budget. This commitment is respectfully requested as an increase or in addition to your normal annual gift to Lakeside.
While gifts of any amount are meaningful and deeply appreciated, Directors Club giving is a wonderful way to help preserve, protect and promote the Chautauqua experience and to more deeply engage with the community.
Chautauqua Circle: $100,000, $25,000, $10,000, & $5,000
Directors Club: Gold Circle $2,500+, Silver Circle $1,750+, Bronze Circle $1,250+, Standard Circle $1,000+, Lakesider Club $500+, Friends of Lakeside $25-$499
More Ways to Give
The 1873 Fellowship is made up of dedicated Lakesiders who give a monthly gift to support the Lakeside Impact Fund. These supporters are an integral part of the Lakeside community and make a significant impact on the Chautauqua experience. By committing to a monthly gift, 1873 Fellowship members help protect, promote and preserve special Lakeside traditions.
As a member of the 1873 Fellowship, you embrace the founders’ spirit by coming together to protect a place built on peaceful simplicity, everlasting hope and authentic community. Like our predecessors, the 1873 Fellowship members are go-getters, innovators and trailblazers.
Together, 1873 Fellowship members are Lakesiders who support the past, present and future of our beloved community. We invite you to reflect on the meaning of Lakeside and to consider creating opportunities by committing to a monthly gift. Year-round gifts have a lasting and deeply significant impact, helping to protect, promote and preserve the vision of Lakeside’s founders for years to come.
We invite you to join the 1873 Fellowship to carry on the spirit of Chautauqua.
Clubs: Hoover Auditorium Club $250+/month, Hotel Lakeside Club $101-$250/month, Bradley Temple Club $51-100/month, Lakeside Pavilion Club $10-50/month