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's mission is to lead in building an environment where cultural organizations are sustained and valued as a core part of Oregon's vibrant communities and economy.  For 12 years, the Cultural Trust has played a vital role in building Oregon communities. Simultaneously, the Trust is building a permanent fund, now just over $25 million, so that future generations can experience the Oregon culture we enjoy today.  Anyone can be part of this vision by supporting any of 1,400 eligible cultural nonprofits, matching those gifts with a gift to the Trust, and taking Oregon’s generous and unique state cultural tax credit (up to $500 per individual, $1,000 per household and $2,500 per Class-C corporation). Oregon Cultural Trust: Frequently Asked Questions.

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There are many ways to invest in the mission and musicians of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon...

In addition to annual gifts and contributions from individuals, and financial support provided by Concert Series program advertisers and Concert Series/Season Partners, the Arthur R. Dubs Foundation, City of Ashland (Ashland lodging tax revenues), Carpenter Foundation, Carrico Family Foundation, Collins Foundation, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation, Pacific Power Foundation, Sharkey Family Charitable Foundation, Trust Management Services, LLC (Braemar Chritable Trust) and U.S. Bancorp Foundation have provided significant support for 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and/or 2016-2017 concerts, initiatives and operations.

The YSSO organization also has received operating support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts, for more than 10 years.

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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.