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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
news
Minnesota Orchestra
extraordinary
generosity
The Minnesota Orchestra is deeply
grateful for four particularly generous
gifts received from individuals—a total of
$13.2 million—all since June.
First to arrive was a $10 million contribution,
the majority of which will be added to the
endowment, with the remainder funding key
artistic initiatives. The donors have chosen
to remain anonymous, but they are emphatic
about their reason for making this gift: to inspire
others with the capacity for leadership gifts to
come forward and help secure the future of the
Orchestra as one of our community’s, in fact the
nation’s, most important cultural assets.
And inspire they did: received since then have
been a gift of $1.2 million to support the 2014-15
season as well as the endowment; a $1 million gift
that will fund the endowment exclusively; and a
second $1 million gift for which the specific use
has not yet been designated. All three are from
anonymous donors who likewise affirm the need
for us all to give as generously as possible. They
recognize that by supporting the Orchestra, they
are sharing the power and beauty of classical
music throughout the community.
These major gifts are critical both for the
Orchestra’s current activities and its future
health. They represent part of a continuum of
contributions that includes gifts in all amounts
from individuals, as well as generous support
from corporations, foundations and the people
of Minnesota through the Minnesota State Arts
Board. Our recent CommUNITY Challenge offers
yet another powerful demonstration of support.
a challenge met:
commUNITY in concert
Happy news: a special limited-term fundraising initiative launched
this summer has met with extraordinary success, raising nearly
$290,000 for the Minnesota Orchestra. A sincere thanks to all who
contributed!
The “commUNITY in concert” project began with a Community
Task Force whose goal was to bring together community members,
advocacy groups, board members, musicians and staff following the
organization’s labor dispute, and, through this grassroots effort, to
build fundraising support and encourage ticket sales for the Orchestra.
Volunteer Lee Henderson offered to raise $100,000 in challenge
gifts from community members—and promptly exceeded his goal,
raising $115,000. Meanwhile, the Orchestra conducted a campaign
throughout the month of
July, surpassing its $100,000
goal by $74,000. A special
Minnesota Orchestra web
page with videos featuring
musicians was created,
social media appeals were
launched, and gifts arrived
from some 750 members of the
community, including many
Orchestra musicians.
“This was a true barn-raising
effort, led by community
members,” noted Karen Himle, who chaired three summer meetings of
the Task Force. Said Lee Henderson, “We’re thrilled that we exceeded
our goals. We have a community that’s flag-waving proud of our
world-class orchestra and engaged in ways unimaginable just two
years ago. The CommUNITY Challenge Grant has hopefully helped
demonstrate that musicians, board and community are better and
stronger together than apart.”
a continuum of contributions
The Orchestra values and is truly thankful for gifts at all levels—everywhere along the continuum—
from all who love music. You are bringing the joy of music to the entire community as we all move
forward together. Music Director Osmo Vänskä offers heartfelt Finnish gratitude:
“Thank you for your support. Thank you—
kiitos paljon
.”
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