I recently learned that for the first time in 7 years 2018 will see a significant decline in charitable giving from individuals. Some reports estimate that charitable giving could drop between $13.9 and $20 billion per year and, with the new tax law, organizations that rely on donations from middle-income households will be negatively impacted. When I consider that, statistically, only 5% of charitable giving goes to arts and humanities organizations, I notice a significant rise in my anxiety level. As the executive director of a small local arts nonprofit organization doing big work, I am deeply concerned about our future. So as summer approaches and Noontime Concerts begins its most important fundraising effort of the year I am asking that you dig deep, stretch, invest in, support, and contribute to this important cultural and community resource.
When you give, this is what you get. June, July, and August will feature the inspired musicianship and repertoire that have become the standard of excellence for Noontime’s weekly concerts. The enclosed concert calendar is filled with the essential details. Here are some notable highlights.
The summer season opens on June 5 with back-to-back quintets. The Farallon Quintet begins the series with a diverse program of pieces written for clarinet and strings. On June 12 the Temescal String Quartet with pianist, Carl Blake will play Edward Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84 in commemoration of its 100th anniversary.
The Debussy Festival continues with solo piano and vocal performances on June 19 by pianist Brent Smith with singers Christa Pfeiffer, Katherine McKee, and Leann Ramm, and on August 21 by pianist, Jeffrey LaDeur. Jeffrey recently made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with his recital honoring the life and work of Claude Debussy during this centenary year. Be sure to visit the new Special Events page on this website for more Debussy Festival details.
Noontime Concerts welcomes two emerging artists to its stage this summer. Fantee Jones, a prizewinner at the 2018 Los Angeles International Piano Competition, will set off the 4th of July fireworks early with a concert of Scriabin, Schubert, Liszt and Saint-Saëns on July 3. Pianist, Jake Holtzman will give a grand finale to this year’s amazing August is Piano Month and the Debussy Festival with his program of Schumann, Debussy, and Scriabin.
Also, we are thrilled to welcome back, Steinway and Sons Concert Artist Yoonie Han who will play with Gloriosa on July 24 and on July 31 give a solo performance of Le Rossignol Éperdu by Venezuelan-born French composer Reynaldo Hahn.
If we keep offering these programs at the same level of quality and expense for free without more financial support from people like you we will not be able to sustain our mission. Your financial support keeps Noontime Concerts going and it helps the talented musicians you hear each week to earn a living and pursue their passion for performing. Listed below this letter are some suggested methods for giving and expanding your donation opportunities.
For this year’s Summer Fund Drive the Board of Directors has set a goal of $18,000 to be reached by September 23. So, as we approach our 30th anniversary here are some impactful ways you can help.
Make a minimum donation of $30 to Noontime Concerts.
Become a recurring contributor by donating via the secure donations page on this website.
Invite friends, relatives, and co-workers to Noontime Concerts.
Giving is easy especially when you get so much in return. Can we count on to defy the statistics and make a generous donation in support of our mission and our ambitious $18,000 Summer Fund Drive goal? With your single or recurring gift of $30, $50, $100, $250, or more you will help us and our talented musical artists to provide world-class music performances to the Bay Area now and for many years in the future.
Weekly concert donations: A cash or check donation at the weekly concerts is an easy way to show your support for Noontime Concerts and to acknowledge the high-caliber weekly musical presentations.
Online contributions: Your donation to Noontime Concerts is just a click away when you visit the secure donations page at noontimeconcerts.org. Here you can make a one-time contribution or set up a hassle-free recurring donation.
Employer matching donations: Many employers—especially those in the philanthropic-focused Bay Area—provide donor matching benefits to employees for charities of their choice. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your donation power and help Noontime Concerts support its mission. Please ask your benefits coordinator how you can designate Noontime Concerts for a matching donation.
Corporate community campaigns: Many companies in the Bay Area participate in an annual giving campaign, with partners like the United Way. Employee participation in these types of campaigns is another easy way to contribute by designating Noontime Concerts as a donation recipient.
Legacy gifts: We would be honored to be a designee in your trust plans. Such legacy gifts are a tremendous show of support for our organization and a reflection of the joy it has provided you over the years. It also is a noble way to support the future of live classical music and ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy these rich cultural experiences for years to come.
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NOONTIME CONCERTS is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization, Federal Tax ID #94-3123314. We are supported by public donations; donations at concert time; grants and gifts from the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Grants for the Arts; the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists and people like you!