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Many opportunities exist for those interested in investing in the future of the North Carolina Symphony. Endowment gifts are enduring tributes that support the mission of the North Carolina Symphony and help us to build a stable and secure financial future.

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Eric Metcalf Seats for Students Fund | Making an Endowed Gift: Getting Started
Tribute Gifts | Lamar Stringfield Society | Donor Stories

About the Endowment

Recognizing a need to have a strong and sustainable base of financial support that could function in perpetuity, the North Carolina Symphony established its endowment in 1983 to provide a stable source of ongoing funding for the North Carolina Symphony Society. Today the endowment has fifty-eight endowed musicians’ chairs and over forty-five special funds. Endowment growth has trended upward in recent years and is valued at $8.9 million as of June 30, 2014.

The North Carolina Symphony Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the endowment to ensure professional management and stewardship of the funds designated exclusively for the North Carolina Symphony. The Foundation’s spending policy provides 4.5% of a twelve-quarter trailing average to support Symphony operations, ranging from musician salaries to education programs. Through contributions, special interest funds and bequests, new gifts to the endowment continue to enhance this valuable resource for the orchestra.

Endowment Opportunities

The North Carolina Symphony offers a wide range of endowment gift opportunities:
  • Unrestricted gifts of all sizes may be made to the general endowment fund, helping to reduce operating expenses.
  • Restricted gifts are designated toward a specific purpose. Major endowment gifts may include public naming opportunities.
  • Endowment gifts may be made during a donor’s lifetime (gifts of cash, securities, insurance policies, real property, etc.) and through estate planning. Your financial adviser can provide information to you on these opportunities related to your specific situation.
While the North Carolina Symphony has benefited from a number of gift endowments, many opportunities remain available to support the orchestra and our educational programs. We are happy to consider the creation of new funds that may relate directly to your specific interests.

Review our current list of endowed chairs and endowed and special funds.

For more information on endowed gift opportunities, contact Mary McFadden Lawson, Vice President for Philanthropy, at 919.789.5476 or

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Endow Your Seats in Meymandi Concert Hall

With a special one-time gift of $10,000 you may permanently endow two seats in Meymandi Concert Hall for the series of your choice (Classical, Pops, etc.). We will acknowledge your seats on a personalized plaque with the wording of your choice.

Endowing your seats is a wonderful way to celebrate your commitment to the Symphony while enjoying your special seats at your concert series.

Click here to download our "Take Your Seat" brochure, with further information about how to make this unique and lasting commitment to the North Carolina Symphony.

Tribute Gifts

Celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and graduations while honoring friends and loved ones with a tribute gift. These gifts support the North Carolina Symphony’s endowment and mission of statewide service, music education and artistic excellence. We welcome gifts in honor or memory of someone special to you.

Click here to make a tribute gift online. A personalized acknowledgement will be sent on your behalf.

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Lamar Stringfield Society

A composer, flutist and conductor, Lamar Stringfield was born in Raleigh in 1897 and studied at New York's Institute of Musical Arts and North Carolina's Wake Forest University and Mars Hill College. He was awarded a Pulitzer traveling fellowship for his promising work in music composition and served as conductor of the North Carolina Symphony from its inception in 1932 to 1938.

The Lamar Stringfield Society, named in honor of this inspiring founder, celebrates individuals who have embraced the Symphony's bright future by including the North Carolina Symphony in their estate plans or establishing endowed chairs or special funds. We welcome anyone to leave such a vital and lasting legacy with the North Carolina Symphony.

Click here to learn more about the Lamar Stringfield Society contact Mary McFadden Lawson, Vice President for Philanthropy, at 919.789.5476 or

 Donor Stories

Reading stories about what motivates our donors to make a lasting gift can spark inspiration and ideas. Through our planned giving newsletter, Accolade, we proudly highlight Symphony donors and hear their stories.

In the Spring 2012 issue, Peg Parker talks about why engaging with the musician sitting in her endowed chair is important to her.

To find more donor stories like her's, click here. To subscribe to future issues of Accolade, contact Mary McFadden Lawson, Vice President for Philanthropy, at 919.789.5476 or

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