#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities.

On Dec. 1, 2020 you’re invited to join the tradition to transform our community by giving to the Lakeside Annual Fund which helps to ensure your ancestors of yesterday, your friends of today and your great grandchildren of tomorrow share the same Lakeside experiences.


Will you help keep Lakeside’s history alive for those who have yet to be a part of it?

The traditions that everyone shares, the beautiful grounds, the historic preservation of Lakeside's many structures and the cherished Lakeside Chautauqua experience is only made possible through the philanthropic support of generous and passionate Lakeside families and friends.

We all know that this is a challenging year for most people and businesses, and, as you know, Lakeside is no exception. Lakeside is so grateful for everyone in the community who stepped up in significant ways. You took it upon yourself to make the most out of this extraordinary but unique year and embraced it as a back-to-basics experience, reminiscent of traditional Chautauqua seasons in past years.

Lakeside was concerned about incurring a substantial deficit in the first six months of the fiscal year as a result of COVID-19. In contrast, your generosity, valuable time, talent and resources, coupled with the Lakeside staff’s ingenuity and persistence, created a net surplus that is on target with Lakeside’s original pre-COVID-19 budget. Gate and hospitality revenues are both down substantially from both this year’s budget and last year’s results. However, that revenue loss has been completely offset by significant reductions in areas such as payroll, programming, other costs and by an increase in contributions. Your support helped bridge the gap and reduce the projected annual deficit.

Now that you helped Lakeside enter the fall with a significantly reduced deficit from the 2020 Chautauqua season, let’s honor our traditions together by raising an additional $1 million by the end of the fiscal year (March 31). These funds will continue to reduce debt and hopefully result in no additional loans, allowing our community to move into 2021 in a more secure financial position which will prime us for future success. Now that the Chautauqua Season’s financial picture is complete, we can provide you with a more thorough fiscal year update. We will continue to provide you updates as funds are received over the next several months.


Giving to the Annual Fund Secures Our Future

Due to your generosity on #GivingTuesday in past years, you have strengthened the Chautauqua program and improved facilities for thousands of families by making renovations, repairs and enhancing beloved spaces across the grounds.

But this year, it is time for us to come together to honor the traditions of yesterday, today and for tomorrow. Lakeside needs your help to preserve and enrich the special Chautauqua experience for future generations.

On #GivingTuesday 2020 your gift directly supports…

  • Inspiring dockside worship services for your family at sunset, the day your child was introduced to God through Chip Richter’s God Squad program and a motivating preacher of the week service in Hoover Auditorium on Sunday Morning.
  • An enriching Chautauqua Lecture Series Seminar, being openly welcomed into a book club and watching a family experience the importance of preserving the lake through a science program.
  • An uplifting Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concert, the first time your family danced together in the aisles of Hoover Auditorium and watching your child’s face light up as they listened to one of their favorite songs during a pops concert
  • A recreational challenge, a family basketball game, teaching your children to swim and watching them play a game of pickleball while making new friends.

Through your love and support of Lakeside, together, we will work through these uncertain circumstances and continue to be the great community so many of you love and call home.


How can I help Lakeside?

You're invited to give a gift on (or before) Tuesday, Dec. 1, or commit to a monthly gift to the Lakeside Annual Fund to honor our traditions! For more ways to give, visit lakesideohio.com/giving/how. Your support will make an impact on the lives of Lakesiders for generations to come. Thank you for making a difference!

  • Donate Online: Making an online donation is quick, easy and secure. Give a gift on (or before) Tuesday, Dec. 1, and designate your gift to the 'Lakeside Fund.'
  • Mail a Check: Make a check payable to the ‘Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,’ Attn: #GivingTuesday, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440.
  • Give by Phone: Call the staff at the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 to give your #GivingTuesday donation over the phone.
  • Double the Impact: Check with your employer's matching gift program to double the impact of your donation.
  • Set Up a Monthly Gift: Affordable monthly gifts allow you to divide your Lakeside gift into manageable increments through convenient automatic deductions from your credit or debit card. Call (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 to start the process.
  • Give in Honor or Memory of a Loved One: Make a donation in honor or memory of a family member, friend or co-worker. Include an address, and we'll send them a notification of your special gift.
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