Campaign for the Future

WHY NOW?

Keeping with the tradition of the past 43 years, celebrating the accomplishment of being the largest performing arts organization in Chicago’s Southland, and energized by being named 2020 Professional Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, IPO is poised at a unique moment in its history to dramatically advance its mission and permanently sustain its future.

THE VISION
Inspired by a generous investment from The Davee Foundation, IPO is empowered to create a Bold Vision for our Future:

  • FORTIFY IPO AS THE PREMIERE PROVIDER of classical music and cross-over arts experiences in the Southland
  • INVEST IN IPO’S REGIONAL IMPACT through expansion and innovation
  • ADVANCE IPO’S ENGAGEMENT WITH OUR COMMUNITY through multi-tiered educational partnerships
  • BECOME THE ORCHESTRA OF OUR COMMUNITY through broadening and deepening equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives

WHY ENDOWMENT?
A robust endowment is critical to this VISION of IPO to ensure that key elements of the mission and strategic future of the orchestra are secured in perpetuity.  FURTHERMORE, the endowment will ALSO make available the resources necessary to bring the above mentioned goals to fruition – today’s level of excellence will be secured and will ensure the proper foundation for inevitable growth.

CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE LEADERSHIP
HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
Andrea and Richard Gibb
Linda and Craig Grannon
Jerri E. Greer, Ph.D.

OPERATING CO-CHAIRS
Tim Coburn
Carolee and Brian Samuels

CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Lois and Stan Birer
Paul Greenawalt
Andrea Hetzel
Terry Medhurst
Dr. Richard Moutvic
Kathleen Field Orr
Dr. Michael Rogers
Marilynn Tannebaum

With ticket revenue covering less than 30 percent of our annual budget, IPO relies heavily upon donations and endowment revenue to deliver the concerts and programs our community desires. Building a more substantial endowment will help the orchestra sustain our operations and grow into our Future.

ENDOWED FUNDS OPPORTUNITIES

IPO recognizes that individual donors may wish to fund a lasting legacy to one particular effort within our musical activities, for instance for student scholarships, to fund the string section or particular soloists, or even to fund new commissions on an annual basis.  Unless specifically directed, gifts will be made to IPO’s Music Director Endowment, ensuring that funds are always available to engage and retain high-quality artistic leadership.

$4.15 million raised to date in gifts and pledges

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