Individual Giving

Gifts from individuals like you are our most critical source of funding in today’s changing economy. Spoleto Festival USA’s Annual Giving Program offers various levels of giving within the Festival Circle and the Spoleto Society. No matter the level, your gift will entitle you to a wide range of benefits that are sure to enhance your Festival experience and, most important, will allow us to continue to delight and thrill our audiences with world class performances.

Festival Circle ($100 – $1,249)

Join the Festival Circle and enjoy behind-the-scene opportunities.

Spoleto Society ($1,250+)

Join Spoleto Society and receive personalized assistance from our Patron Services Manager.

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Spoleto SCENE

This dynamic group of patrons in their 20s and 30s support the Festival’s artistic programming with an affordable gift level and enjoy exclusive benefits, including specially-priced ticket packages and invitations to exclusive events during the Festival.

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Other Ways to Give

Contribute online with a secure credit card transaction, or call us at (843) 724-1192. The Festival accepts all major credit cards as well as gifts by check. Please find below other ways to support Spoleto Festival USA.

Appreciated Stock

Gifts of appreciated stock are welcome and may help you avoid paying capital gains tax. You may make a gift of stock by advising your broker to contact our brokerage firm with the instructions for the transfer. CLICK HERE to obtain the detailed instruction document. Please note that it is important to notify the Festival prior to any stock transfer in order for us to properly identify and acknowledge your gift.

Matching Gifts

Does your employer participate in a matching gift program? If so, please take a moment to increase your gift to Spoleto Festival USA by requesting a matching gift form from your employer. To find out if your company participates, please contact your human resources professional or call the Development Office at (843) 724-1192. With a matching gift, the Festival receives additional support at no cost to you, and you may qualify  for additional benefits.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Celebrate someone special with a contribution to Spoleto Festival USA. Honorary gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate family members, friends, or colleagues and their enthusiasm for the performing arts. You will receive a tax receipt and  the Festival will notify the honoree of your thoughtful contribution. (The amount of your contribution will be kept confidential.)

You can also remember someone who loved the Festival’s inspiring programming during their lifetime by making a gift in that person’s memory. You will receive a tax receipt, and we will write to family members or friends, as you request, telling them that you have made a thoughtful gift to the Festival in memory of their loved one. (The amount of your contribution will be kept confidential.)

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Planned Giving

There are a variety of ways that individuals may support Spoleto through planned giving: irrevocable gifts that provide life income to donors, including gift annuities, charitable remainder annuity trusts and unitrusts, pooled income, revocable gifts that include wills, life insurance policies, and retirement and pension plans. Contact the Festival Development Office or your financial advisor for detailed information on planned giving and its benefits to you as well as to Spoleto Festival USA.

Sponsor Composer Osvaldo Golijov’s 2016 Residency at Spoleto Festival USA

Composer Osvaldo Golijov’s work has been celebrated for decades around the globe and has a rich program history as part of Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. Mr. Golijov has been part of the Festival’s chamber music series for 20 years, through numerous performances of his compositions, including well-loved pieces and world premieres, and through several residencies, most recently in 2011.

To celebrate Spoleto Festival USA’s 40th season, the Festival’s Director for Chamber Music Geoff Nuttall is bringing Mr. Golijov back to Charleston this May to be the chamber series composer-in-residence. Spoleto Festival USA is seeking a sponsor for Mr. Golijov’s residency. By supporting the Festival in this way, you will help provide Spoleto audiences with an intimate understanding of one of the most sought-after composers working today, and because this residency will include the world premiere of a new piece, you will have the rare opportunity to help in the creation of music history.

The new piece will be performed by baritone Tyler Duncan and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and is just one of five Golijov works that will be heard during the 2016 season.


Solo: Display the virtuosity of your philanthropy with a gift of $10,000.
Duet: Harmonize with a partner to the tune of $5,000 each.
Quartet: Weave four gifts of $2,500 together to create the perfect counterpoint.

To learn more about this opportunity or to make a gift to support Mr. Golijov’s residency at the 2016 Festival, please call the Development office at (843) 724-1192.