Edward L. Anderson Jr. Foundation to underwrite new gift-matching program

As the 2014 season progresses, the Chautauqua Foundation has been hard at work to ensure the Institution’s future on behalf of the entire Chautauqua community.

And with a newly announced matching gift program, community members can now make their leadership contributions to the Chautauqua Fund stretch even further.

Through the generosity of the Edward L. Anderson Jr. Foundation, brothers Steve and Dave Anderson have offered to underwrite a new 2014 matching gift program for those who contribute to the Chautauqua Fund.

“It’s a three-two-one matching program that they’ve made available for us as a tool,” said Jack McCredie, co-chair of the annual fund. This opportunity provides significant funds to maximize giving to the Chautauqua Fund.

The “three” refers to the newly created Lewis Miller Circle of the NOW Generation; Young chautauquans — who are 21 to 40 years of age — join the Lewis Miller Circle with a $250 contribution, the gift is matched three times over for a total impact to Chautauqua of $1,000.

The “two” is for the $1,874 contribution to become a new member of the 1874 Society. New members of the 1874 Society will see their gift doubled for a total $5,622 impact.

The “one” is for new commitments to the Bestor Society: a $3,500 gift will have an impact of $7,000.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for community members to maximize their gifts to Chautauqua,” said Tina Downey, director of the Chautauqua Fund. “I am simply delighted by the generosity of the Anderson family in helping to inspire leadership participation in the Chautauqua Fund.”

This gift-matching program is in effect now through Dec. 31.

To learn more about philanthropy at Chautauqua or to participate in the 3.2.1. Matching Gift Opportunity, please contact Tina Downey at 716-357-6406 or tdowney@ciweb.org.