The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera plays a powerful role in the cultural and economic life of Chattanooga, Hamilton County and the North Georgia area. Its performance level amazes first-time visitors, and its fiscal responsibility is equally outstanding in an era in which too many ensembles falter or cease operations. The CSO, like Chattanooga, seems to be a clear-cut American success story. But excellence has its price. Recognizing this economic reality, we have established an endowment fund to benefit the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.
The Consolidated Endowment Fund of the CSO was established to support the mission and programs of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Association in perpetuity. Its purpose is to ensure the organization's financial stability and to attract highly qualified professional musicians in order to keep the CSO consistently excellent. An endowment gift is a permanent gift. The gift is kept in perpetuity, and only the earnings are distributed. Gifts of cash, appreciated securities, real estate, personal property and life insurance are welcome.
We put your gifts to work by investing in listed securities that produce income. Leaving the principal untouched, we use the income to fund current and future programs. The CSO Endowment Fund is under the supervision of the CSO Board of Directors.
Endowment Income will support the strategies outlined in the CSO’s long-range plan, building on artistic quality, strengthening educational and outreach services and securing fiscal stability for the CSO.