How to Give

Your gifts will have a transformative effect on WYSO musicians and their journeys, and there are many ways to make this happen. From a Gift of Cash to Stock Transfers to IRA Contributions to including WYSO in your Estate Plans, you can select how you would like to continue the WYSO Mission. Every dollar you give to WYSO has a huge impact on our programs and our students.

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One-Time Gifts

You may opt for a one-time gift to WYSO via our fast, easy, and secure online giving platform. Gifts of personal checks or money orders are also accepted. Please direct all mailed gifts to:

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras
P.O. Box 258039
Madison WI 53725

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Online Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts allow donors to be charged any amount monthly to their credit cards. WYSO Monthly is a great way to spread out a donation over a year and give WYSO sustained support. Simply select “Monthly” and set your monthly giving level and we’ll take it from there!

WYSO Monthly is an easy, uncomplicated way to give every month. Set it up once and then just let it give!


Sponsor a program or event

By sponsoring a performance, ensemble class, guest artist, tour, or instrument purchase that is meaningful to you, you can help hundreds of young musicians continue to study music with WYSO. Use the links below to view available sponsorships for the 2023-2024 season.

Marvin Rabin Legacy Society

Named to honor our founder, Marvin Rabin, the Marvin Rabin Legacy Society recognizes individuals and families who have placed the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Foundation in their estate plans. WYSO invites you to become a member and help preserve orchestral training and performance opportunities for the talented youth of our region. Click here to read more about making a Legacy Gift to WYSO!

Contact Bridget Fraser for more information.

“My own reasons revolve around some key words that are brought to life through the WYSO experience. Words such as innovation, excellence, diversity, impact, transformational, and resilience. What I have learned is that an investment of time or money in WYSO is a sound investment.”

Michael George, Charter Member of the MRLS



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Stock Gifts

Did you know that a direct donation of appreciated stock to WYSO may increase your deduction and gift by 20%?

If you donate stock that has increased in value since you bought it more than a year ago—and you itemize deductions—you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day you give it away. You’ll also avoid capital-gains taxes on the increase in value over time, which you would have to pay if you sold the stock and then donated the cash proceeds.

In other words: WYSO gets a larger gift, and you get a larger tax-deduction!

Contact Bridget Fraser for more information.

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Contributing from an IRA Account

If you are over the age of 70 ½ years old, you may contribute directly from a qualified IRA account to WYSO and reduce your taxable income immediately.

One of the key benefits of the direct charitable contribution from your IRA is that the distribution counts towards your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). You can contribute more than your RMD to charity as long as you do not exceed $100,000 in a calendar year. It’s money the IRS requires you to withdraw, and by transferring it directly to the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, you won’t be forced to pay income tax on it.

In other words: WYSO gets a generous gift and you lower your tax liability!

Contact Bridget Fraser for more information.

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Contributing from a Donor Advised Fund

Did you know that a donor-advised fund could allow you to make contributions to WYSO on your preferred schedule while also maximizing the tax benefit of your donations?

By front-loading several years of charitable donations into a single tax year gift to your donor-advised fund, you can realize the tax benefits from itemized deductions while also maintaining the freedom to make charitable gifts as you see fit.

In other words: Planning ahead allows WYSO to benefit from your generosity for years to come and you become eligible for a larger tax-deduction!

Contact Bridget Fraser for more information.

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Making a Gift of Securities

Whether you are making an electronic transfer from a brokerage account or mailing in a certificate, a gift of appreciated securities held for more than one year may provide significant benefits to you as a contributor.

Gifts of appreciated securities could entitle you to a charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the gifted securities as of the date of gift! Learn more about how to give the gift of securities by contacting Bridget Fraser today!