Leonard Slatkin

Good news from Michigan: Detroit Symphony Orchestra has increased found raising by 43%. $18.9 million in contributions guarantee a balanced budget for the first time since 2007. Over $6 million of the total came from the exceedingly generous giving of DSO directors and trustees. « I want to recognize the dedication of our past two DSO board chairmen, Stanley Frankel and Jim Nicholson, who led a special fundraising effort that enabled this outstanding outcome, » said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. Corporate and Foundation giving were up 12 percent and 11 percent respectively, totaling $5.9 million, an 11.5 percent increase over the 2012 campaign. Special event fundraising topped $750,000, while the DSO Volunteer Council raised an additional $125,000, both increases over 2012 campaign results.

An imperative part of the campaign’s success is owing to a rapidly growing donor base that has doubled since the 2011 campaign. According to a DSO pres release, in just two years, the DSO giving community has grown from 4,500 to the current 10,250, exceeding 10,000 for the first time in a decade.

The DSO also announced ticket sales for $6.3 million, nearly $1 million more than in 2012, showing by that that the audience responds well to Music Director Leonard Slatkin’s programming.

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