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Wave of Generosity: Summer Day of Giving


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Join our “wave of generosity” this summer – one that started 151 years ago when our founders dreamt of a place where families could enrich their minds, bodies and spirits. Past Lakesiders have kept the wave flowing so we can be here today, and now it’s our turn! Donate to ensure that the same wave can carry Lakeside into the future for generations to come.

Lakeside is a non-profit community that relies on the generosity of families like yours to create the Chautauqua experience we all cherish. 

From now through Saturday, Aug. 3, if you give a gift of $25 or more or inform Lakeside you have planned a Legacy Gift, you will be invited to join us at a special Pool Party celebrating generosity in Lakeside on Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

You’re invited to jump in! GIVE NOW!

Other Ways to Jump In

Swim Lakeside

Are you a swimmer? Jump in and swim to show your support of Lakeside! Swim 9 miles (the length of all Lakeside streets) by Aug. 3 and encourage your friends and family to support your effort.

Registration is $35 and all participants will receive a special “I Swam Lakeside” T-shirt and will be recognized at the Pool Party on Aug. 3. Proceeds from registration and donations towards your efforts will go to Lakeside Recreation!

To register, download the registration form and return to the Legacy House, 217 Walnut Ave. Registration fees can be paid via check, cash or card when dropping off registration or online. Keep track of your supporters using the form below. Supporters can make their donations online or by stopping by the Legacy House. For questions, email




Help Us Grow the Wave

It’s up to the Lakeside community to pay it forward for the next generation and ensure that decades from now the Lakeside mission is thriving. We need your help! We’re inviting community members to join and create an even bigger wave of generosity in Lakeside. These individuals will talk about giving with other Lakesiders, say thank you for generous donations and more! If interested, email

Ways to Give

Lakeside Impact Giving

Your Lakeside Impact Gifts support the Chautauqua Pillars and necessary improvements to our historic buildings and grounds. Your gift makes a direct and immediate impact on Lakeside and on future generations.

When you donate to Impact Giving, you can choose where your money goes. Let’s explore where your Lakeside passion lies.

  • Lakeside Symphony Orchestra
  • Preacher of the Week
  • Education
  • God Squad & MGM Youth Ministry
  • Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile
  • Waterfront
  • Hotel Lakeside
  • Youth Camp Housing
  • Chautauqua Park
  • Pavilion
  • Tennis
  • Pickleball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sailing
  • Safety
  • Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus Pool
  • Hoover Arts, Entertainment & Building Maintenance
  • Steele Memorial Bandstand
  • Rhein Center
  • Intern Program
  • General Fund
  • And so much more….

Jump in and give a gift TODAY!

Legacy Giving

Legacy gifts add an even bigger impact. Imagine 50 years into the future when your family and friends experience Lakeside, when newcomers stumble upon our beloved Chautauqua on Lake Erie.

What do we hope for them to see and encounter? How do we ensure those hopes and dreams become a reality?

One way is to give to the Endowment. Today, it totals $10 million and provides more than $360,000 to the budget every year. Growing the Endowment helps to ensure the Lakeside experience remains for decades to come. You can give a gift to the Endowment today or plan a gift for the future.

By contributing to Lakeside’s Endowment, you can help:

  • Fulfill Philanthropic Goals
  • Reduce Income Tax
  • Avoid Capital-Gain Tax
  • Create Lifetime Income
  • Provide Tax-Savings Gifts to Children & Grandchildren
  • Reduce or Eliminate State and/or Federal Estate Taxes
  • Reduce Costs & Time in Estate Settlement

Ways to leave a Legacy Gift:

  • Leaving Lakeside as beneficiary in your 401K, IRA, Donor Advised Fund or Life Insurance
  • Leave a gift to Lakeside in your will
  • Set up a Charitable Reminder Trust
  • Give a gift through the IRA required minimum distribution

Explore all planned giving options here or give a gift to the endowment today here.

Already planned a gift to Lakeside? Let us know!


Aug 03, 2024


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