Donate to the Skaneateles Festival

With ticket sales covering less than 25% of expenses, the Skaneateles Festival relies on donations each year to make ends meet. Your generosity enables the Festival to secure the best talent, as well as create educational opportunities, develop innovative programming, and deliver targeted outreach. Please consider supporting the Skaneateles Festival now with a tax-deductible donation. If you can help, Donate.

Legacy/Planned Giving

You can leave a substantial legacy for music in our community.

The Festival remains committed to presenting world-class music by the lake at affordable ticket prices each summer. Ticket revenue accounts for less than 25% of our total income each year. Donated income – from individual gifts to corporate sponsorships to special events – accounts for 60% of our income.

Your decision to support the Festival with your gift of cash or appreciated securities expresses your belief in the importance of how we entertain, enlighten and educate our audience each year.

The Festival is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and any gifts are income and estate tax-deductible. If you have assets that would cause you to be taxed you would find that making a lifetime gift actually saves more than making one at death although both are excellent planning tools.

Additionally, you can join others in this community who have helped strengthen the Festival’s future by including the Festival in your estate plans. The easiest way to make a planned gift to the Festival is through your will, with a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate.

Gifts made to the Skaneateles Festival can be made by:

  • Will
  • Bequest
  • Trust Income Agreement
  • Charitable Remainder or Lead Trust
  • Gifts of IRA and Retirement Funds
  • Life Insurance

Keep in mind that any planned gift whether made during lifetime or at your death may be directed to a fund named in the manner you wish or used for a special need of the Festival. For example, you could establish a Festival fund in your family name for the purchase of musical instruments.

Members of the Festival staff and board of directors would be happy to discuss your ideas and work with you and your advisors to make the appropriate arrangements.

The first 42 seasons have been attended by a total of

audience members!

We hope to see you soon!