Support Wisconsin Philharmonic


GivingFrugality and creativity have always been part of The Wisconsin Philharmonic (and Waukesha Symphony Orchestra) history. Special events like the annual Gala and Fashion & Furs event generate substantial funds which are deeply appreciated by The Philharmonic Board of Directors. In addition to special events, other fund development efforts add pivotal revenue to The Philharmonic’s bottom line. The Wisconsin Philharmonic is a 5010 (c) 3, and as such all donations are tax deductible.


Sponsorships are now part of almost every performance. Businesses donate to The Philharmonic to sponsor a performance or soloist and receive prominent placement in programs or signs; many also receive complimentary tickets for their donation. Media sponsors donate specific marketing services that help the organization reach as many audience members as possible with no charge to The Philharmonic.

Annual Individual Campaign

The Annual Individual Campaign is conducted primarily in the fall of each season. It is an opportunity for individuals to support The Wisconsin Philharmonic at a level that is meaningful to them. Donors receive valuable benefits based on the level of their donation. For a complete list of donor levels and benefits, click here.

Planned Giving

The Wisconsin Philharmonic also offers Planned Giving Programs, designed to ensure that The Wisconsin Philharmonic will continue for future generations. Options include Wills and Bequests, Trusts (like a Charitable Remainder Trust), Insurance (an old cash value policy), Appreciated Stock and Retirement Plan Proceeds.

Endowment Funds

In addition, The Wisconsin Philharmonic offers four Endowment Funds that are open and accept additional donations. Earnings and fund corpus may be used to support The Philharmonic operating needs at a rate of no more than 5% of the fund balance as of the calendar year end annually.

  • The Wisconsin Philharmonic Endowment Fund provides income to support the general operations of The Philharmonic. Contributions to this restricted fund are invested to preserve the principal in perpetuity. Earnings of the fund may be used to support The Philharmonic’s budget. Gifts to this permanent fund help to preserve the future of classical music in our communities.
  • The James and Dorothy Goff Frisch Endowment Fund was created to honor these founding members of The Wisconsin Philharmonic. Contributions are invested to preserve the fund principal; earnings are used to sponsor a soloist during the season.
  • Friends of Note Education Investment Fund provides funding for the educational programs of The Wisconsin Philharmonic and Friends of Note. The programs include the Shining Stars Scholarships for middle and high school students and Major Classics for Minors, which bring The Wisconsin Philharmonic musicians into local schools for an interactive presentation about sound and music.
  • The Anthony W. Bryant Scholarship Fund honors businessman and philanthropist, Tony Bryant, who has been an advocate of The Wisconsin Philharmonic for many years. The scholarship is awarded by competitive audition to a graduating high school senior who declares an intention to major in music while in college.

In-kind Donations

Call The Wisconsin Philharmonic office at 262-547-1858 for information on In Kind donations.

For more information about any of these options, contact The Wisconsin Philharmonic via email or at 262-547-1858.

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