The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, personally, financially and emotionally. As we face this crisis together, Lakeside realizes everyone has their own personal commitments and other areas they’re supporting, but we're asking you to come together as a community to secure Lakeside's future. Join fellow Lakesiders and commit a monthly gift to the Lakeside Annual Fund. Learn more about setting up your monthly gift below!

Protect the Chautauqua pillars through monthly giving

Your investment in the Lakeside mission today helps preserve the Lakeside experience for tomorrow and future generations. Establishing a monthly gift to support the Annual Fund is an easy way to increase your annual donation and reach a higher level of support.

If not us, then who will protect the pillars of Lakeside through these uncertain times?

Together, we can ensure that we come through this crisis with a better, stronger community.

Lakeside needs your support now more than ever

This is an unusual time in the world and at Lakeside, and we need your help. Roughly 72% of Lakeside’s funding comes in from April-August. Budgeted revenue for this year from all attendance-related activities, including season passes, daily gates fees, parking, hotels, groups and event fees, totaled $5.8 million.

Lakeside is expecting attendance-related revenue with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to be less than half of what was budgeted. Funds that would have been acquired at the gates and through ticketed events held on our grounds may never come in.

Lakeside is taking this expected loss seriously and is implementing immediate steps to help reduce overall costs through staffing and programming cuts for the 2020 season. It’s going to be a difficult summer ahead, and we can’t expect a traditional Lakeside summer experience. Now more than ever, Lakeside needs your support to help bridge the gap.

Through your collective monthly gifts, we can ensure that the Chautauqua pillars stay strong today and for years to come. When you give to the Lakeside Annual Fund, you make a direct and immediate impact. These gifts provide a critical source of revenue that underwrites virtually every aspect of what renders the Lakeside Chautauqua experience distinctive and unique.

Give to ensure that your family, friends, children and grandchildren can continue to experience this special community.

How can I help Lakeside?

Stand with fellow Lakesiders today and provide much-needed financial support by committing a monthly gift to the Lakeside Annual Fund.

Lakeside is challenging 200 friends and families to unite and support the Annual Fund this fiscal year by committing a monthly gift. If not us, then who will step up to help protect and maintain Lakeside during these uncertain times?

Committing to a monthly gift allows you the flexibility to give what you can each month. Every dollar counts, and monthly gifts add up in a big way, making it easy to increase your annual donation and reach a higher level of support without giving one large gift at year-end.

Monthly gifts allow you to give in manageable increments through convenient automatic deductions from your credit card, debit card or checking account.

You can stop or change your monthly gift at any time by notifying the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at or (419) 798-4461, ext. 246.

Set up your monthly gift today!

Establishing a monthly gift is easy! You may begin by making an initial gift online or by calling the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation office at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246.

If you begin with an online gift in the form below, select your desired monthly amount and type “YES" in the comment box. Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation staff will follow up with a quick phone call to confirm credit card information and schedule details moving forward. (Your online donation is processed through Blackbaud, our secure gift processing software, and it does not save your credit card information.)

Thank you! Your collective support as a community will make a significant impact at Lakeside today, tomorrow and for future generations.

For more ways to give to Lakeside, visit our How to Give page. You'll find information about donating online, mailing a check, giving a donation over the phone, using an employer's matching gift program or giving in honor or memory of a loved one.