Endowment & Legacy Giving

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Online Giving Instructions:
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To designate an Endowment gift online please click the button above. At the bottom of the new page, please click on the grey Donate button. After entering donation amount and filling out your information, write in the Comments section to designate gifts of memoriam, in honor of, general endowment fund or named funds.

What is an endowment?  An Endowment is a fund of money the principal of which is held in perpetuity and invested, and from which an organization may use only the return on investment.  A strong endowment provides an income stream that allows us to meet our commitments and plan for the future without interruption.  It allows us to run a world-class orchestra, maintain excellent education and community initiatives, and offer outstanding concerts year-round.

The purpose in increasing the Springfield Symphony Endowment fund is to help fill the gap between revenue and expenses and to provide the means to pursue new opportunities by developing programs.  The income generated by our endowment is already making a positive impact on our operations, and has the potential of providing us with long-term sustainability. 

Planned Gifts

To help ensure the future of the Orchestra, consider making a bequest to the Springfield Symphony.  By having the Orchestra in your Will, you can commemorate the inspiration and enjoyment that the Symphony has given you over the years.  Your generous contribution will help us continue to bring the pleasure of music to many future generations.  Donations that come to the Orchestra from a Bequest are invested in the Springfield Symphony Endowment and the interest earned annually from these funds is used in support of the Orchestra.  Therefore the money lives on forever providing funds for the sustaining of the Orchestra and educational outreach programs.

Springfield Symphony Endowment, Endowed Orchestra Chairs, Performances, and Special Endowments 

Endowments benefiting the Springfield Symphony Orchestra are gifts that continue to support the performances, operations, and support the continuity of providing our community with symphonic music for generations. Gifts of less than $5,000 are directed into the Springfield Symphony Endowment Fund in order to provide maximum earnings from investments.  Gifts of $5,000 or more can be established with a named fund to honor the donor’s outstanding commitment to the long-term support of the orchestra.  We like to recognize our generous benefactors for their support by acknowledging their gifts.  We would like to thank the following:  


Endowed Orchestra Sections & Chairs

Mary Lou Andrews Endowment Fund
Second Violin Section

The Judith A. Beisner Endowment Fund
Principal Cello Chair

The Paul and Marie Brewster Memorial Endowment Fund
Trumpet Chair

The Raver-Detrick Endowment Fund
Principal Flute Chair

The Patricia A. LeFevre Fund
Concertmaster Chair

The Peggy Day Lee Endowment Fund
Cello Section

The Luke and Cynthia Green Libby Endowment Fund
Oboe Section

The Walter and Ruth Thomas Endowment Fund
French Horn Section

The Dr. Yates and Janet Trotter Endowment Fund
Principal Tuba Chair

The William M. “Joe Bill” and Elizabeth J. “Betty Jane” Turner Memorial Endowment Fund       
French Horn Chair

The Don and Betty Wessel Endowment Fund
Piano Chair

The Kay Whitlock Endowment Fund
Principal Viola Chair

Special Endowments

The Carla M. Calvin Endowment Fund 
Pops Performance 

*The William T. White Endowment Fund 
Special Guest Artist  


The Springfield Symphony Orchestra continues to benefit from major contributions to our Endowment through the following named funds:   

The Springfield Symphony Guild Endowment Fund  
The Springfield Symphony Cultural Trust Fund  
The Bill H. and Margo Simson Armstrong Endowment Fund  
The Nancy S. Back Scholarship Fund  
The Earl L. and Jane Barkley Memorial Fund  
The Donald H. and Judith A. Beisner Endowment Fund  
The Stephen and Linda Paganini Brite Endowment Fund  
The Dr. Guy Callaway, Jr. Endowment Fund  
*The William H. Calhoun and Mary Helen Calhoun Endowment Fund  
The Shirley A. Carr Endowment Fund  
The Charles R. and Barbara Cook Hall Endowment Fund  
The Francis J. Ellis Memorial Fund  
The Carolyn Compton Fay Memorial Endowment Fund  
The John and Carolyn Gerdes Endowment Fund  
The Mrs. Harley R. Gleason Memorial Fund  
The Rosemary Keller Endowment Fund  
The Fern Kightlinger Memorial Fund  
The Harry F. and Zealia Kirkpatrick Endowment Fund  
The Frances Duemler Knox Endowment Fund  
The Jeanne M. Loveless Memorial Fund  
The Shirley C. Maddy Endowment Fund  
The Evelyn J. McNabb Endowment Fund  
The Mr. and Mrs. Wm. T. McQueary Fund  
The Samuel M. Minasian Memorial Fund  
The Dr. Don and Linda Overend Endowment Fund  
The Jacqueline H. Powell Memorial Fund  
The Grace Allan Rosser Memorial Fund  
The Randy and Donna Renkel Endowment Fund  
The Joseph Schellhardt Memorial Scholarship Fund  
The John H. and Katherine E. Simmons Fund  
The Lester F. and Hanna R. Strauss Memorial Fund  
The Lester T. Sunderland Foundation Fund  
The VAN-NAN-PAT Endowment Fund  
The Frances S. Wilke Memorial Fund  
The Don S. and Rosemary Witt Memorial Fund  

*Through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc. 


Memorial gifts and Tributes are a heartwarming way of remembering and honoring friends and family through their love of the Springfield Symphony. These gifts help ensure the Springfield Symphony Orchestra to provide the highest level of symphonic music and music education to all of Southwest Missouri. The following people have graciously made recent contributions to the Springfield Symphony in memory or honor of the following people:    

Memorial Gifts


As of 10/21/21