The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced that the Negaunee Foundation has made a $21 million gift to the orchestra. Board Chair Mary Louise Gorno said, “The Negaunee Foundation demonstrates tremendous civic leadership with this support. Chicago greatly benefits from donors like The Negaunee Foundation, who recognize the power of the arts to improve lives and connect us in meaningful ways. We celebrate their ongoing commitment to this important work.”

Since the 1990s, The Negaunee Foundation has provided the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with leadership gifts for education and community programs and overall operating support for CSO concerts and other programs. In 2014, the Foundation made a $15 million gift to endow

the CSO’s formerly named Institute for Learning, Access and Training, which was renamed The Negaunee Music Institute at that time. Since then, the Foundation has regularly provided leadership support for the CSOA, including a $10 million gift in 2022 to grow the endowment fund and sponsor CSO concert programs with a wide variety of distinguished artists.

Negaunee Foundation is an independent non-profit private foundation based in Northbrook, Illinois. It is the philanthropic vehicle of the investor Richard W. Colburn and his wife, Robin. Established in 1987, the foundation offers sponsorship to cultural, historical, educational institutions and museums, and performing arts. Additionally, the foundation supports institutions providing human services. The assets of the foundation are managed by the board of directors.

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