We’re delighted you’re here!
Support Lake George’s Premier Musical Arts Festival.

The Lake George Music Festival, Inc. is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to enhancing the cultural vitality of the Lake George region and offering a unique career development experience to talented young musicians. All contributions, whether large or small, help us continue to support these emerging young artists while bringing world class music to Lake George.



There are a variety of ways an individual, family, or business can support the festival!

Please explore the options below, or contact Alexander Lombard at
info@lakegeorgemusicfestival.com or (518) 791-5089

 

How To Contribute

Donate Online
Donate securely online by clicking the button below. All major credit/debit cards are accepted.

Mail a Check
Mail to: Lake George Music Festival, Inc.,
7 Stone Pine Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Donor Advised Funds

Donations to the LGMF Annual Fund go directly to supporting the annual operating expenses of the organization—musician stipends, guest artist fees, tech and stage crew stipends, etc.

Donors may choose to designate or “restrict” the use of their donations to a particular festival project. Some examples include: sponsoring a specific musician, guest artist, commission, concert or reception, giving directly to the festival’s endowment, or supporting our upcoming capital campaign.

To learn more about planned giving and its privileges and benefits  – as well as these designated opportunities, please call Alexander Lombard at (518) 791.5089 or info@lakegeorgemusicfestival.com

Donation levels and special benefits

$25,000 or more

  • Season sponsorship opportunities
  • Opportunity to sponsor a commission and follow its evolution to premiere
  • Plus all benefits listed below
$10,000 – $24,999

  • Invitation to private special events
  • Enhanced customized benefits
  • Sponsorship of a headlining musician or ensemble
  • Private performance and dinner with Festival directors; plus
$5,000 -$9,999

  • Invitation to Platinum sponsor only special events
  • Tickets given to students or an organization in your name
  • Sponsorship of a season soloist; plus
$2,500 -$4,999

  • Sponsorship of major artist, ensemble, or composer
  • Lunch with your sponsored participant
  • Verbal recognition at select events; plus
$1,000 -$2,499

  • Concert dedicated to you or in honor of a person of your choosing
  • Reserved seating at your sponsored performance for you and your guests
  • VIP assistance with ticketing and lodging
  • 2 complimentary festival season passes; plus
$500 -$999

(all HOST FAMILIES are offered Gold Sponsored benefits)

  • Invitation to a private pre-Festival concert and cocktail hour with selected musicians and directors
  • 1 complimentary festival season pass; plus
$250 -$499

  • Sponsorship of a specific participating musician
  • Signed photo and letter from and lunch with your adopted musician; plus
$100 -$249

  • Invitation to a private donor only performance and reception
  • Complimentary LGMF souvenir; plus
up to $99

  • Published recognition on the Festival’s website and printed concert programs
  • Advance notification of Festival news and events
  • Our most sincere thanks




Outright Gifts

simple, straight-forward, and direct

Cash

Write a check or use your credit card. Cash is easy to give and you’re entitled to an income tax deduction for the full amount of the gift.

Sustaining Support

Patrons have the option to become ‘Sustaining Supporters.’ These donors will make their contribution in monthly installments. The total yearly contribution will be reflected wherever recognition is announced.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations will match employee donations to charitable organizations such as the Lake George Music Festival. These matching-gift programs are a wonderful way to increase your level of support.

Tribute Support and Special Giving

Special gifts are a fantastic way to express your regard while also helping the Festival. Donations can be made in the name of a loved one, a friendship, a family, a birthday, wedding, or graduation. Acknowledgment of special gifts will be sent to the recipient, to you, and will be posted on this website and in all concerts programs as requested.

Securities

Transfer appreciated assets (stocks, bonds) held for more than one year to us and enjoy an income tax charitable deduction for the full market value. No capital gains tax is due on the appreciated value.

Closely Held Stock

Donate closely held stock. Restricted stock can be repurchased by the corporation later. You enjoy a charitable deduction equal to the appraised value of the stock with no capital gains tax due.

Tangible Personal Property

Donate gift property that can be used for our exempt purposes, and enjoy an income tax deduction for the full fair market value.

 

Life Income Gifts

gifts that give back: do more for charity and for yourself

Charitable Gift Annuity

Donate cash or securities in exchange for fixed annuity payments. Enjoy a current income tax deduction for the gift and tax-free return of principal. Also, when the donor is the annuitant, any capital gains tax due is spread over the donor’s lifetime.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT)

Create a trust that pays a specific annual benefit for up to 20 years or for the life of the beneficiary(ies). When the donor payout ends, trust property transfers to us. Enjoy a current income tax charitable deduction and avoid immediate capital gains tax on the transfer when the trust is funded with long-term appreciated property.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Unitrust (CRUT)

Create a trust that pays annual payments to the beneficiary(ies) equal to a specified percentage of the value of the trust each year. Since the value of trust assets may vary, payments may also vary from year to year. When the donor payout ends, the trust assets are distributed to us. In addition to income from the trust, you also are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for the value of our remainder interest in the trust assets.

 

Revocable Gifts

completely flexible gifts you can change or revoke whenever or however you choose

Bequest – A gift made through your will

Establish a gift in your will that reflects your most personal and important lifetime concerns. Bequests are among the most popular and widely used planned gifts because a bequest can be changed, costs you nothing as long as you live, and provides an estate tax deduction equal to the value of gifts to charity.

Revocable Living Trust

Create a trust that can be revoked or changed during your lifetime which directs the disposition of your assets including charitable gifts. A Revocable Living Trust can minimize the cost and delays associated with probate; facilitate asset transfer; provide privacy and, unlike a will, assure asset management continuity in the event of disability or death.

Retirement Plan Assets

Add a charitable beneficiary designation to your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement accounts. You can use a retirement plan to realize philanthropic goals and avoid income tax on plan assets.

 

Other Gifts

 

Donor Advised Fund

Make an irrevocable gift to a fund maintained by a charitable organization and enjoy an income tax charitable deduction for the full amount of the gift. As the name implies, the donor can advise the fund regarding distribution; however, donors may not place material restrictions on the fund.

IRA, 401(K), other pension assets

Name us as the beneficiary of the balance of your retirement plan assets. Enjoy potential estate and income tax benefits.

Retained Life Estate

Donate a home and retain the right to live in the property for the rest of your life. Enjoy a current income tax charitable deduction on the value of our remainder interest in the home.

Charitable Lead Trust

Create a charitable lead trust that benefits us for a number of years, returns assets to your beneficiaries, and minimizes taxes.

Life Insurance

Simply make us the beneficiary of a paid-up life insurance policy. Or, use life insurance to replace assets your heirs would have otherwise inherited in the absence of your charitable gift. With wealth replacement, you realize important philanthropic goals during your life and provide for your heirs at your death.