Gifts, Bequests and Donations

As part of the original deed of gift from the Spreckels brothers, all organ concerts held at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion are offered to the public at no charge. This is in keeping with the Spreckels brothers’ goal of introducing the healing spirit of live music to everyone, especially youth, no matter their economic status. Today this 107-year tradition of generosity continues to be supported by the citizens of San Diego, the members of the Spreckels Organ Society, and donors from all over the world.


We are able to provide live musical experiences to the public for about $5 per person. We like to think that we are a feeder system into the fine cultural and live performance diversity that makes San Diego a world-class city

The activities of the Spreckels Organ Society are supported through the following

The continuing generosity of the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department and various corporate sponsors

Various funds, including the Scholarship Fund, the Audio-Visual Tech Fund and the Jared Jacobsen Educational Fund. These funds are put in place to track and support donations focused on specific projects

Endowed funds, including the Nichols Summer Festival Bequest, the Oberlin and Vivian Evenson Endowment, the Operating Expense Endowment, and the new Organ Bench Endowment from an anonymous donor to endow the salary and benefits of the Artistic Director. These funds support some of our most exciting programs and were started through the generosity of past and present members and trustees

Organ Bench Endowment

We have a new and exciting giving opportunity. An anonymous donor has stepped forward with a challenge gift. This donor will match your gift directed to expanding the Organ Bench Endowment for the Artistic Director dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000. This will be the primary focus of our fund raising for 2022-3

In addition to these funds

In addition to these funds, we benefit from membership dues, grants, bequests, concessions, music, merchandise sales, and gifts from attendees in our gold boxes at the entrance to the pavilion during the concerts. We always welcome these gifts.  

If you would like to discuss a specific gift plan, make a directed contribution, get information about bequests, or want more detailed information about any of our funds, endowments, or our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, please contact us at or stop by and visit one of our docents at the membership table at a live concert