Why Give to Lakeside

We are encouraged as a Chautauqua community to share with others by dedicating our time, giving generous resources, praying and reflecting, and inviting others to renew their spirit in Lakeside. Why do we give to Lakeside Chautauqua?

To support the mission.

Lakeside Chautauqua is a non-profit institution that relies on charitable donations. The mission states,

“To enrich the quality of life for all people, to foster traditional Christian values and nurture relationships through opportunities for renewal and growth…spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically…while preserving Lakeside’s heritage.”

To protect the pillars.

This is an unusual time in the world and at Lakeside, and we need your help. Roughly 72% of Lakeside’s funding comes in from April-August. Budgeted revenue for this year from all attendance-related activities, including season passes, daily gates fees, parking, hotels, groups and event fees, totaled $5.8 million.

Lakeside is expecting attendance-related revenue with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to be less than half of what was budgeted. Funds that would have been acquired at the gates and through ticketed events held on our grounds may never come in.

Lakeside is taking this expected loss seriously and is implementing immediate steps to help reduce overall costs through staffing and programming cuts for the 2020 season. It’s going to be a difficult summer ahead. Now more than ever, Lakeside needs your support to help bridge the gap.

How you can help through monthly giving

To preserve and enrich the Lakeside Chautauqua experience for future generations.

Remember back to your most inspiring worship services, enriching educational seminars, uplifting Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concerts or recreational challenges and how your life has been transformed by each. The signature Chautauqua experience, beautiful grounds and historic preservation of Lakeside’s many structures are made possible through the philanthropic support of generous Lakeside families and friends year in and year out.

To leave a lasting legacy.

Tomorrow’s Lakeside is being shaped by today’s endowment. Many Lakesiders have supported the future of Lakeside Chautauqua for their children and grandchildren by remembering Lakeside in their plans including bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, life insurance policies, real estate and retirement plans.

To achieve personal financial goals.

Planned Giving offers an opportunity to make a significant gift to Lakeside Chautauqua during your lifetime, which can increase your retirement income or help preserve your estate. Your special gift could support a particular meaningful program or could be used for the broad benefit of Lakeside and the many unique activities, facilities and programs that so many enjoy each year.