Gifts That Make an Impact Now

If you would like to bring the beauty and power of live performance to audiences today, consider the giving options below — many of which have financial and personal benefits to you. Gifts via any vehicle may be designated to a special project, or restricted to BSO OrchKids.

Recommend a grant now from your donor-advised fund

You can now initiate a grant recommendation from your donor-advised fund, or DAF, using the link below. Simply start typing in your fund provider name and the system will prompt you through the process.

Memorial or Tribute Gift

When you give a memorial or tribute gift for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to honor someone special, you’re expressing your love, admiration, and gratitude in one of the most meaningful ways there is. Your gift will honor your loved one, create a lasting tribute, and share your passion for music with the world. Contact us or give now.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

You can use stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that have appreciated in value to support our shared vision. You may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock (up to a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income) and avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the value of the stock.

Matching Gift Opportunities

Would you like to maximize the impact of your giving and encourage other supporters to mobilize to share the wonder of classical music? Consider sponsoring a matching gift challenge. Donate a pool of funds to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, from which we will match any donation made within a given period of time. In this way, you can double the impact of your giving.

Qualified Charitable Distribution

You can transfer funds from your IRA directly to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This is an effective way to have an immediate impact and ensure our work of engaging, inspiring, educating, and serving through music. Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 70 ½ or older.
  • An individual may transfer up to a total of $105,000 per year and a married couple may give up to $210,000.
  • An individual may take a one-time QCD up to $50,000 to fund a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or charitable remainder trust (CRT).
  • Your gift must be transferred directly from the IRA account to the BSO.
  • Your gift is a transfer of funds from your IRA to the BSO so it does not create taxable income for you and is not considered a charitable tax deduction.
  • If you are 73 and older, the transfer of funds counts towards your annual Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA.

If you’re interested in this popular way to support the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, download a sample letter for your IRA administrator here.

The Impact of Your Giving


could enroll 3 students in OrchKids

With this contribution, you can transform the lives of three Baltimore youth with community-based, high-quality music instruction and programming that teach skills and open doors of opportunity in remarkable ways for one year. 



could sponsor a guest artist

A gift of this size could allow us to welcome one of the world's finest musicians to Baltimore, to a week-long residency – helping us to raise the bar for creativity and bringing a fresh perspective to our stage through rehearsals, performances and even masters classes with students.


could endow a chair in the orchestra

A gift at this level creates long-term stability for a musician's chair while a signifying a mutual love for music and the BSO. The funds are invested and will grow with the BSO's Endowment while providing steady income to support a musician's salary.

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