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Orchestra urges donations to new endowment fund

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, now in its 37th concert season, has launched an endowment campaign, “Keeping the Symphony ‘Sound.’”

The KSO Endowment Fund was initiated to raise funds for the orchestra. The orchestra is funded by grants, contributions, and fundraising, with lesser support from ticket sales and advertising. The Douglas C. & Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation has agreed to match the first $20,000 in contributions to the KSO Endowment Fund as part of the campaign. Contributions to the endowment help build a lasting source of revenue for the orchestra. The endowment has reached more than $130,000 prior to matching funds; the ultimate goal is to reach $200,000 before any interest is used.

“The KSO board and I are grateful for the community’s support of our orchestra. We are well on our way toward reaching our goal,” said Ann Tucker, KSO president. “Every dollar is doubled for the first $20,000 of this campaign, and we are over halfway to that mark. We encourage donors to make end-of-the-year tax-deductible donations now for us to maximize the matching grant.”

The KSO is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For information about contributions to the KSO Endowment Fund, contact Dan Templin of the DeKalb County Community Foundation at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org. Contributions to the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund can be made via the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, Ill. 60178 or at www.kishorchestra.org.

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