Endowment Foundation

Southwest Florida Symphony Endowment Foundation

The Southwest Florida Symphony Endowment Foundation, Inc. was established in 2002 as a separate, not-for-profit foundation whose purpose is to build a significant and secure base of assets for the long-term financial support of our beloved Southwest Florida Symphony. The Endowment Foundation is managed by an independent Board of Trustees that accepts both current and planned gifts and provides appropriate investment stewardship.

As of June 30, 2016, The Endowment Foundation had total assets of $2,523,000, including $2,205,000 in the General Fund, $151,000 in the Van Sickle Fund, which is dedicated to providing grants to vocal music students to attend college, and $167,000 of Symphony funds managed for their benefit. Our goal is to increase total assets to $5 million by 2020.

Our Grant Policy for the General Fund calls for annual distributions to the Symphony in the range of 4% to 5% of total assets, and we have committed $105,000 for the current fiscal year. By increasing our total assets to $5 million, we could increase our support of the Symphony to a range of $200,000 to $250,000 per year, allowing the Symphony to further enhance their programs.

Play Your Part Now and Later

Give a gift that will help the Southwest Florida Symphony now and in the future. During varying economic conditions your Endowment Foundation provides financial stability to the Symphony’s operations so that professional symphonic performances maintain their fundamental place in Southwest Florida’s cultural life. As the Southwest Florida Symphony experiences a renaissance, your gift ensures the power and beauty of professional symphonic music in Lee County for generations to come. Play your part now.

Planned Giving Society—Join Now

Planned gifts are a simple way to leave your legacy through a bequest, charitable trust, gift annuity, life insurance, retirement plan or gift of personal property. The Planned Giving Society recognizes donors who have generously contributed to secure the future of the Southwest Florida Symphony. Planned gifts can be directed to David Hall, President of the Southwest Florida Symphony Endowment Foundation Board of Directors, at 239-210-2345 or Barbara Wells, Development Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, at 239-418-0996.

Board Members

David Carleton Hall – President
Scott Gregory – Secretary
Corey Vertich – Treasurer
Doris Colgate
Robert Diefenbach
Don King
Thomas Kracmer