Chautauqua Institution represents many things to many people. It is a venue for diverse performances, a retreat for reflection, a vibrant outlet for the arts, a hub of education, an inventive forum for debate, and much more.
Above all, it is a community rooted in the interconnectedness of its members and a kindred belief in institutional mission. More than 100,000 visitors descend on the shores of Chautauqua Lake each summer and carry the spirit of Chautauqua with them when they leave.
Philanthropy, active engagement and volunteerism make the year-round programming built around Chautauqua’s arts, education, religion and recreation pillars possible. We are proud to recognize the generosity of those who provide support for Chautauqua.
Donor Recognition Societies
The Bestor Society recognizes those whose annual leadership gifts of $5,000 or more serve to amplify Chautauqua’s work for greater impact in shaping a better tomorrow.
The 1874 Society recognizes those whose annual leadership gifts to the Chautauqua Fund in the amount of $1,874–$4,999 sustain the delivery of the entire Chautauqua experience.
The Eleanor B. Daugherty Society celebrates those who have generously chosen to support Chautauqua’s mission through charitable bequests, life-income gifts, and trusts – providing, in perpetuity, for the programs they love by helping ensure Chautauqua’s future.
Bell Tower Society
The Bell Tower Society recognizes those who make a monthly recurring gift to Chautauqua, providing reliable, consistent and sustainable support.
Lewis Miller Circle
The Lewis Miller Circle recognizes Chautauquans ages 40 and under who demonstrate a commitment to building a stronger Chautauqua by making gifts of $250 or more to Chautauqua.