Lakeside Chautauqua

Giving To Lakeside

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.   


You also have the option of providing credit card information over the phone by calling the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at 419-798-4461, ext. 246.


Please make checks payable to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation and mail to 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, OH 43440.


Visit the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation staff at the Legacy House, 217 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440.


Use the form at the link below.

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 PastCelebrate 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

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