Gifts, Bequests and Donations

As part of the original deed of gift from John D and Adolph B Spreckels, 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, regardless of their economic status. Today, this 107-year tradition of generosity, continues due to  the support of the citizens of San Diego, the members of the Spreckels Organ Society, and donors from all over the world.
 

The cost to produce weekly live musical experiences for the public is approximately $5 per person. We like to think that we are a n introduction 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 City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, the San Diego Parks & Recreation Department, and our generous corporate sponsors.

Spreckels Organ Society funds, including the Scholarship Fund, the Audio-Visual Tech Fund and the Jared Jacobsen Educational Fund. These funds support  donations designated for specific projects.

Endowed funds, including the Nichols Summer Festival Bequest, the Oberlin and Vivian Evenson Endowment, the Operating Expense Endowment, and the Organ Bench Endowment. These funds, initiated through the generosity of past and present Spreckels Organ Society members and trustees, support some of our most exciting programs.

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 at 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 2022-2023.

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 sosorgan@gmail.com or stop by and visit one of our docents at the membership table at a live concert