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Legacy Giving

Join the Heritage Society . . . and Leave a Legacy of Music

The Cleveland Orchestra’s endowment was established in 1928 by a group of visionary community leaders whose high expectations of musical excellence, community service, and generous support continue to characterize the Orchestra’s relationship with its audiences around the world.

Legacy gifts have been a major source of support for the Orchestra’s endowment for many years. These gifts come in many forms, including bequests, charitable gift annuities, and insurance policies. A legacy gift may provide you with an ideal opportunity to support The Cleveland Orchestra at a higher level than you might have thought possible. 

Blue LotusThe lotus blossom, said to be Elisabeth Severance’s favorite flower, is the symbol of the Heritage Society, and the lotus motif is found in nearly every public area of Severance Hall. Representing eternal life, a sterling silver lotus pin is presented to every Heritage Society member to recognize the lasting legacy they are creating for generations to come. We are proud to honor our Legacy Donors with membership in the Heritage Society.

We will be happy to meet with you and your financial advisor to discuss your plans and your charitable goals.


To learn more about specific legacy giving strategies, please contact:
            Bridget Mundy, Legacy Giving Officer
            Phone:  216-231-8006