Giving to the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon

Operations, initiatives, training and concerts are underwritten by annual gifts and contributions from individuals, as well as foundation and agency grants, nominal tuition, special fund raising events, and ticket and merchandise sales. The business and professional communities of southern Oregon support the work of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon organization through Concert Series program advertising and Concert Series Partner (sponsor) funding.

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon Endowment Partner Fund

In 2006, the YSSO organization's Governing Board entered into a formal partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to manage and administer an Endowment Fund.  The OCF is a statewide nonprofit foundation established as a vehicle for Oregonians to increase philanthropy through current gifts and estate planning. The OCF manages and administers more than 1,700 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and businesses to support humanitarian, educational and cultural programs.  The OCF is available to assist donors who wish to make gifts of real estate or stock to benefit the YSSO and it can facilitate charitable trusts or annuities.  To learn more about the OCF, please contact Cristina Sanz, Regional Director, Southern Oregon (541-773-8987) or Sharon Wilson, YSSO Executive Director (541-858-8859). 

Oregon Cultural Trust

The Oregon Cultural Trust was authorized in 1999 to increase public and private support for Oregon's arts, heritage and humanities. Its goal is to create a sustainable $200 million permanent endowment for culture. Since 2002, Oregonians have contributed more than $21 million to the Trust. The Trust has awarded more than $9 million in grants to every corner of the state. Cultural license plates are fueling the Trust's efforts in all regions.

The Oregon Cultural Trust partners with more than 1,300 cultural nonprofits throughout Oregon. A gift to one or more of the qualifying nonprofit organizations followed by a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust allows a donor to claim a tax credit. The tax-deductible portion of memberships to many Oregon cultural organizations also qualifies toward the matching gift.  The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon is a qualifying nonprofit organization. For more information about the Oregon Cultural Trust, please click Oregon Cultural Trust.

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There are many ways to invest in the mission and musicians of the YSSO organization...

In addition to annual gifts and contributions from individuals, and financial support provided by Concert Series program advertisers and Concert Series partners, the City of Ashland, The Carpenter Foundation, Collins Foundation, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust investing in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage, Pacific Power Foundation, Sharkey Family Charitable Foundation and U.S. Bancorp Foundation have provided significant support for 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and/or 2013-2014 concerts, initiatives and operations.

The YSSO organization also has received operating support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Individual donors - Friends of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon - receive the twice-yearly YSSO newsletter, QuarterNotes. The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon is a nonprofit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3) and contributions from individuals may be tax-deductible. Please consult a professional tax advisor for more information.