The BPO has embarked on the Crescendo Campaign to build a sustainable endowment that is five times our annual operating budget of $11.4 million, an orchestra industry standard. To date, we have raised over $26.6 million of our overall $30 million goal. A sustainable funding model combined with a robust endowment will guarantee our ability to provide the world-class music and education programs that our community has come to love and expect.
A gift to the Crescendo Campaign will strengthen Buffalo’s musical movement and help ensure that our BPO will play on for generations to come.
- $30 million overall goal to increase our endowment, provide short-term operating costs and enhance our planned giving program, the Musical Heritage Society.
- $50 million endowment or five times our operating budget, to provide an annual return of $2.5 million of our $11.4 million annual budget.
- Establish $10 million Next Generation Education Fund to invest in and expand our education programs in perpetuity.
For more information about the Crescendo Campaign, please contact Katie Bates Johnson, Crescendo Campaign Coordinator at 242-7828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Generation Education Fund
Education continues to be central to the orchestra’s mission, made possible through generous annual donations and significant investment from the BPO. This season, we will serve a record 50,000 students and children, including all Buffalo Public School students from grades K-6.
All too often, despite the innumerable research demonstrating the positive lifelong benefits of music education, arts education and field trip funds are the first to be cut from school budgets. The BPO invests almost $1.2 million annually in its education programs, with income from tickets and grants covering only half the expenses. As one of its primary goals, the Crescendo Campaign looks to designate $10 million to establish the Next Generation Education Fund. These newly endowed funds will support key growth strategies for our education programs and allow us to broaden our reach throughout the region.
The $1,000,000 Challenge
The Tower Family Fund jump-started the Next Generation Education Fund through a $1 million dollar-for-dollar match challenge, providing great momentum to reach our overall goal of $10 million. To date, we have raised over $3.5 million towards this effort!
Commitments as of September 1, 2017
Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation
Carol & Angelo Fatta
John & Carolyn Yurtchuk
$1,000,000 – $2,499,999
Anthony J. & Barbara Cassetta
Joan and Wilfred J. Larson
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Bradford Lewis, Ph.D.
Joseph & Carole Sedita
Drs. Stephen and Monica Spaulding
The Stenclik Family
Tower Family Fund
Jim & Michal Wadsworth
$500,000 – $999,999
Catherine M. & Paul William Beltz
Fund for Artistic Excellence and Innovation
Estate of Marie Marshall
Montgomery Family Foundation
$250,000 – $499,999
The Baird Foundation
Estate of Bishop Hines, Jr.
John & Maureen Hurley
Carl & Carol Montante / Uniland Development
$100,000 – $249,999
Cindy Abbott Letro & Francis Letro
Joanne Castellani & Michael Andriaccio Charitable Trust
Clement & Karen Arrison
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Mr. & Mrs. John Drenning
Patricia and William Frederick
Mr. Philip H. Hubbell, in memory of Jayne T. Hubbell
Martha & Tom Hyde
Father Russell Newbert
Sanford and Margery Nobel
Mr.* & Mrs. George F. Phillips, Jr.
Ms. Betty Schultz
Steve & Nicole Swift
Estate of Betty Ann Withrow
$25,000 – $99,999
Douglas Bean & Elisa Kreiner
James & Linda Beardi
The Family of William and Ida Christie
Dr. Sebastian & Marilyn Ciancio
Estate of Ruth Cohen
Rev. Raymond G. Corbin
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Eliopoulos
JoAnn Falletta & Robert Alemany
Estate of Susie Flickinger
Daniel & Barbara Hart
Mr. and Mrs. George G. Herbert
Estate of Margaret Martin
Estate of David Menzel
Mr.* & Mrs. George F. Phillips, Jr.
Mrs. Susan Potter
Estate of Evelyn Ramsdell
Mr. Samuel Savarino
The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc.
George G. & Elizabeth G. Smith Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Tzetzo
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Voelkl
Vogt Family Foundation
Mr. John Walsh III, in memory of Constance Walsh
Wayne & Janet Wisbaum, in honor of Louis Ciminelli and Ange Fatta
Gifts under $25,000 (75)