Lake Forest Symphony has been a local treasure for over 50 years. Your support will ensure that the Symphony remains vital for many years to come. There are many ways you can contribute to Lake Forest Symphony:

Individual Support

As you may know, even when our house is full for performances, ticket prices cover less than one third of our production costs, as is common in the arts world. Most of our revenue comes from individuals like you — people who love great classical music and want to ensure that it thrives in our community.

Make a Donation

Donations of any amount are sincerely appreciated. Please consider joining or renewing your support so that our performances will continue to be a source of enjoyment for music lovers and will further our work in the community.


Lake Forest Symphony Sponsors are precious supporters. 

Sponsorship responds to the consumer demand that companies give something back to their communities. It implies a degree of altruism absent from more commercial types of marketing.

In a Cone/Roper Benchmark Survey, 78 percent of adults said they would be more likely to buy a product if it is associated with a cause.

Sponsorship packages are tailored to meet the needs of each sponsor and offer a unique setting to cultivate clients, reach target markets and be recognized for your business' role as a community leader. Benefits vary based on the individual sponsorship program and level of funding and include but are not limited to:

  • Signage placed prominently at venue
  • Logo (with hyperlink to your company’s website) on Lake Forest Symphony website
  • Full page color ad in season program book
  • Season subscription(s)
  • Recognition in relevant print ads
  • We are happy to consider special requests for custom benefits
  • Recognition on program page and in sponsor listing in season program book
  • Recognition in relevant press releases
  • Opportunity for company display
  • Opportunity to distribute materials to patrons
  • We are happy to consider special requests for custom benefits

In the past several years, sponsorship has been growing at a much faster rate than other media used by marketers. Sponsorship offers benefits other media do not:

  • Category exclusivity
  • Promotes good will among customers, clients, and employees
  • Client entertainment opportunities
  • Enhanced brand image and loyalty by linking up with our image, appeal, and customer base

We invite you to learn more about corporate sponsorships and ways to partner with the Symphony.
For further information on how to become a corporate sponsor, contact:

Susan Lape, Executive Director

Lake Forest Symphony is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Planned Giving

A planned gift to the Lake Forest Symphony instills a personal sense of satisfaction with the knowledge that you are helping to create a living legacy that will continue to ensure the Lake Forest Symphony’s future.

By remembering the Symphony through wills, trusts, life insurance, IRA’s and other planned giving vehicles, you have the opportunity to leave a definite mark and a legacy of high quality music and education for generations to come. Even people of modest means can make a significant impact through tax-advantaged estate and financial planning.

If you have already included Lake Forest Symphony in your estate plans, please let us know. We would appreciate the opportunity to thank you.

If you would like more information about planned giving, please contact (or have your family attorney contact):

Susan Lape, Executive Director

2016 - 2017 Season Sponsored by:

The Buchanan Family Foundation
The Butler Family Foundation
Illinois Arts Council
The John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Lake Forest Symphony Guild
Milburn Cain & Co.
The Negaunee Foundation
NorthShore University HealthSystem
The Palmer Foundation
Presbyterian Homes
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP