What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) acts like a charitable savings account, allowing you to contribute cash, stocks or other assets into it, and make charitable donations to the organizations you want to support. Essentially, the money or assets that go into a DAF become an irrevocable transfer to a sponsoring public charity with the specific intent of funding charitable gifts.

Here are the major benefits to you for doing your charitable giving in this way:

  • You will immediately receive the maximum tax deduction that the IRS allows for the amount you invest in your donor-advised fund.
  • At any time afterward, you can make your charitable gifts as grants recommended from your donor-advised fund.
  • Your DAF sponsor will handle all record-keeping, disbursements and tax receipts for you.
  • The balance remaining in your DAF can be invested for tax-free growth.
  • There are no start-up costs for establishing a DAF, and there are no transaction fees. 100% of your recommended grants go to your qualified public charities of choice.

To learn more about establishing a donor-advised fund, you can visit one of these sponsoring public charities:


The 2017-18 Season

The Minnesota Orchestra offers our deepest gratitude to the 8,487 donors who made our 2017-2018 season of musical performance, programming and engagement such a spectacular success. Your financial investment made it possible for nearly 300,000 people of all ages to experience the Orchestra’s celebrated music at Orchestra Hall, at free summer concerts across the Twin Cities metro area, and at tour destinations as varied as Mankato, Chicago, London and South Africa – all while achieving a balanced budget for the fourth consecutive year.

Thank you!

Our Mission

The Minnesota Orchestra's mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our community as an enduring symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.

The 2017-18 Season

Artistic Excellence


concerts were held at Orchestra Hall and beyond. In total, the Minnesota Orchestra performed 303 pieces written by 153 composers during the 2017-2018 season.


works received world or U.S. premieres. These are in addition to the array of new music performed in November 2017 at the Future Classics: Emerging Composers concert.

Erin Keefe

Osmo Vanska and James Ehnes


guest soloists and conductors joined the Minnesota Orchestra for spellbinding performances.


Symphonies by Gustav Mahler were performed and recorded. The Orchestra also released its recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 and received a Grammy nomination for its recording of Symphony No. 5.


pieces by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky were performed in just two weeks during the Tchaikovsky Marathon, including six symphonies, three piano concertos, a violin concerto, a ballet suite and several other works.


of Orchestra Hall’s seats were filled during the 2017-2018 season, the highest level in five years. More than 19,000 concert-goers purchased tickets for the Minnesota Orchestra for the first time.

Audiences at Orchestra Hall

Inspiring, Engaging, and Serving

Young Peoples Concerts


Residents from every one of Minnesota’s 87 counties attended a performance at Orchestra Hall.


fans of all ages, many of them in costume, cheered for their favorite characters during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in December 2017.


students – coming from 292 schools throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa – attended one of the 22 Young People’s Concerts during the 2017-2018 season. More than 9,000 of those students attended for free; others paid just $6.25.


Mankato residents attended musical activities during the Orchestra’s Common Chords residency in April 2018, which included performances in a senior living community, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, numerous schools and the Mankato Brewery.

Common Chords

Sensory Friendly Concerts


listeners heard Minnesota Orchestra performances on the radio. In addition to live Friday night broadcasts on Classical MPR, select concert programs were featured on SymphonyCast and Performance Today.


sensory-friendly concert that featured the full Minnesota Orchestra. Orchestra musicians also offered three small ensemble sensory-friendly concerts in the Target Atrium. These concerts are designed for patrons of all ages and abilities, including those on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.

Music for Mandela


anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth was celebrated in summer 2018, beginning with Sommerfest at Orchestra Hall and followed by a triumphant return to the BBC Proms in London and then a history-making five-city tour of South Africa, the first ever by a professional U.S. orchestra.


artists and ensembles offered free performances during Sommerfest’s International Day of Music. Guests also enjoyed a special marketplace in and around Orchestra Hall offering food, clothing, jewelry, handicrafts and a variety of hands-on music and art activities.

Dancing on Nicollet Mall


people attended performances and other musical activities during Sommerfest at Orchestra Hall. Beyond Minnesota, more than 5,000 people attended the BBC Proms concert at Royal Albert Hall in London and 4,700 people attended tour concerts in South Africa – 10% of whom were students who received free tickets. 

South Africa Tour


books were collected and delivered to South African communities through a partnership with Saint Paul-based Books for Africa, as one of the tour’s many community engagement activities. Minnesota Orchestra musicians also visited schools and community centers to meet, coach and perform for hundreds of young South Africans.

Thank you for your support!


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The Minnesota Orchestra

A Community Supported Orchestra!

Donors are the heart of the Minnesota Orchestra. For over 100 years, individuals from across our community and beyond have provided vital financial support – allowing this world-renowned orchestra to shine. Gifts at every level make it possible for more than 300,000 people, including nearly 40,000 students, to experience the Minnesota Orchestra’s thrilling music each year. Thanks to our generous family of donors, the Orchestra thrives in its mission to Enrich, Inspire and Serve.

Give Online

Giving online is easy and secure! You can:

  • Make a one-time Annual Fund, Memorial or Tribute gift
  • Set up a monthly donation and become a Sustaining Guarantor

Donate online now

Make a Gift by Mail

Send the attached form and your gift by check, made payable to:

Minnesota Orchestral Association
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Make a Gift of Stock

With the capital gains tax rate still intact, the opportunity to give appreciated stock to the Orchestra is more beneficial than ever.

Stock Gift Instructions

Contact Sarah Chaplin at (612) 371-5687 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Make an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift

If you are 70 ½ years of age or older, an IRA rollover contribution (also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution) can help fulfill your required minimum distribution, and this charitable distribution is not considered taxable income.

Contact Sarah Chaplin at (612) 371-5687 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Make a Donor-Advised Fund Gift

A donor-advised fund (DAF) acts like a charitable savings account, allowing you to make a charitable donation, receive an immediate tax benefit, and then recommend grants to charitable organizations from your fund over time.

Donor-Advised Fund Instructions

Make a Planned Gift

Leave a legacy by including the Minnesota Orchestra as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan.

Explore Planned Giving

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 41-0693875.

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Thank you for considering a gift of securities to benefit the Minnesota Orchestra. Depending on how your securities are held, the process in making the gift will vary.

Making a gift from a brokerage account

1. Please provide your broker the Minnesota Orchestra’s brokerage account information:

Name: RBC Wealth Management, Inc.
DTC Number: 0235
Account Name: Minnesota Orchestral Association
Account Number: 30627068
Broker: Craig Olson
Telephone: (952) 261-3568
Fax: (952) 476-9767

2. Please contact the Orchestra at (612) 371-5600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us of your gift, so that we may provide you with a tax receipt for your records. When contacting the Orchestra, kindly provide your name, mailing address, and name and number of securities transferred.

Making a gift of paper stock certificates

1. Please complete a stock power.

2. Please mail the stock power and your paper certificate to the Minnesota Orchestra in two separate envelopes for security purposes to the following address:
Minnesota Orchestra
Attn: Planned Giving
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403