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Options for Donating to the Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Your support enables the DSO to offer grand musical experiences, whether in concert with world-renowned guest artists or in classrooms sharing the wonder of music with students. We could not provide these opportunities without your generosity. Below is a list of ways you can support.

Traditional Donation – Mail a check, payable to the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, or make an online gift at

Electronic Wire Transfer – Have a donation wired directly from your account to the Delaware Symphony.

Matching Gifts – Many businesses will match employees’ charitable gifts. A donation may be matched dollar-for-dollar or at a percentage. Check with your company to see if they participate in a matching program.

Donor-Advised Fund* – You can name the DSO as the organization to receive distributions from your donor-advised fund.

IRA* – A required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA can be distributed to the DSO. Your RMD is the minimum amount you must withdraw from your account each year. Generally, you are required to start taking withdrawals from your IRA, SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, or retirement plan account when you reach age 72 (70 ½ if you reached 70 ½ before January 1, 2020).

Stock and Securities* – In lieu of a monetary donation, you can support the DSO via the transfer of securities. Stock will be sold at the time of receipt with proper documentation completed for the donor.

Bequests/Legacy Gifts* – Remembering the DSO in wills and trusts helps to ensure we continue the great tradition of performing the finest in classical music. You may have the DSO receive a specified dollar amount, specific assets, or all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate once all obligations are met.

*To ensure your gift meets proper tax requirements, we recommend reviewing guidelines and discussing with your financial advisor prior to making a gift. See below for organizational information needed by your financial advisor.

For additional information or questions, contact Charles “Ebbie” Alfree III, Director of Development, at 302.656.7442, x 1008 or  

Delaware Symphony Association
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 1003 | Wilmington, DE 19801
EIN #51-6017449

Your support makes it possible for the DSO to produce exceptional concerts, offer outreach programs, and promote classical music for all to enjoy! To show our gratitude, we have created a variety of giving levels, each with its own experiences and rewards.


This level is named for the earliest ancestor of the Delaware Symphony — the Tankopanicum Orchestra — founded at the end of the 19th Century by Alfred I. du Pont. ‘Tankopanicum’ is a derivation of the Native American word ‘trancopanican’ and translates loosely as the “…rushing waters on the banks of the Brandywine.”

$250,000 and Above

  • Title Sponsor of the entire season, including signage at all concerts, recognition from stage, and in all printed materials throughout the season
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Opportunity to host a private performance by a DSO musician
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Individual Sponsorship of a Classics Series concert, including signage at performance; recognition from stage and in program book
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Opportunity to have lunch or dinner with the Music Director or Executive Director
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Opportunity to meet guest artists performing on Classics Series concerts
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Exclusive sponsorship of a DSO principal or section musician for the season
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Exclusive sponsorship of a DSO section musician for the season
  • Invitation to special events with your sponsored musician
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Invitation to all Tankopanicum Circle concert intermission receptions in the Ninth Muse at The Grand Opera House
  • Invitation for two to The Tankopanicum Circle Party
    Plus all Membership Partners benefits listed below


In accordance with Delaware Symphony Association’s bylaws, individuals who donate $300 or more become members of the Delaware Symphony Association.

  • Opportunity to attend a private Classics Series dress rehearsal of your choice
    Plus all benefits listed below


  • Membership in the Delaware Symphony Association
  • Invitation to the Delaware Symphony Association’s Annual Meeting and reception in June
    Plus all Friends of the DSO benefits listed below


We appreciate and are grateful for all gifts in support of the Delaware Symphony.

UP TO $299

  • Program book listing
  • Subscription to the DSO e-newsletter



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Make checks payable to the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and mail to:

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 1003 | Wilmington, DE 19801