Ways to Give

Every gift made to CYSO has a positive impact on Chicago’s talented youth and the future of classical music. Whether you give ten dollars or ten thousand, you are supporting the development of a young person while they explore their infinite possibilities in music.

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Donate to our Annual Fund

A cash gift to CYSO helps out where it is needed most. A donation can be given in honor of someone else or as a tribute. All cash gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. CYSO accepts cash gifts by check or credit card and donations can be made online, over the phone or via mail (click here to download the Print & Send Donation Form).

Your Annual Fund gift of:

  • $10,000 provides eight full scholarships for CYSO Symphony Orchestra students
  • $5,000 provides a year of educational performances by CYSO ensembles in Chicago Public Schools as part of CYSO’s Music Pathways engagement program
  • $2,500 provides two chamber music coaches for the entire season
  • $1,000 provides all sheet music for a performance by CYSO’s Concert Orchestra
  • $500 provides partial scholarships for two Accelerando Strings students

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Set up a Monthly Donation

Monthly contributions are a convenient and easy way to provide a reliable source of support for CYSO. Each month, we will automatically charge your card for your desired donation amount. You may opt out of monthly gifts at any time.

Participate in a Fundraising Event

Each year, CYSO’s signature fundraising gala  draws 300 supporters who value the importance of music education. The event features performances by the young musicians of our world-renowned Symphony Orchestra, as well as music from CYSO’s Preparatory Strings and Steel Orchestras. Opportunities to support CYSO’s gala include purchasing a ticket, becoming a sponsor, or donating goods for raffles or auctions.

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Many employers will match your gift, thereby doubling or tripling your impact on CYSO. Check with your employer to see whether it offers a matching gift program. Often times, you will be required to submit a form to your employer with your donation amount and the date you made your gift.


Donating to CYSO is easy when you give through your workplace!  If you are a federal employee, postal worker or member of the U.S. military, please remember to give to us through your Combined Federal Campaign by using CYSO’s CFC number 32586.

State, municipal and many corporate employees can also donate through their workplace campaigns by choosing Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras in their giving directory.


Want to make a gift that will benefit thousands of children for generations to come? Leave a legacy gift to CYSO through gift planning. The simplest and most common planned gift is a bequest to CYSO in your will. You can also designate CYSO as the beneficiary of your retirement plan or of a life insurance policy. Contact Bridget Duffy via email or at 312-939-2207 if you are interested in planning a gift.


Corporate Sponsorship

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras continues to provide the highest quality and most enriching musical experiences for its students and audience members each year. Whether it is a concert at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park or Orchestra Hall, an international tour, or a display of musicianship in Chicago public schools, CYSO is recognized as one of the premier youth orchestras in the United States. By becoming a corporate sponsor, you will be a part of this positive identity – branding your business along side a widely respected and recognized CYSO. There are many levels of sponsorships available depending on the size and needs of your company.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

There are many opportunities to become one of CYSO’s Corporate Sponsors throughout the season. Contact Kevin Gupana  via email or at 312-939-2207 if you are interested in corporate sponsorship.

Sponsor a CYSO Fundraising Event

CYSO hosts its signature fundraising event, The CYSO Gala, each year. Opportunities for companies to support this event includes sponsorships and donating goods for raffles and auctions.