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With hundreds of worthy nonprofit organizations in Greater Hartford, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) was chosen to participate in Endow Hartford 21, a new 1:2 matching gift endowment campaign, the first community-wide campaign of its type in our region. The inclusion of the HSO as one of the beneficiary organizations recognizes our important role as a critical economic engine and an integral part of the extraordinarily rich quality of life in our region.

Endow Hartford 21 is an initiative to strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Hartford region, thanks to the vision and leadership of the Zachs Family Foundation and the other matching donors.

Why is endowment important?

The success of HSO’s recent Music Builds Community campaign helped sustain us through the past fifteen months of uncertainty. We know firsthand the importance of endowment recognize the ongoing and compelling need to build our future. While we hope to never again encounter anything as extreme as a global pandemic, an endowment creates a long-term resource that helps us sustain our mission during periods of revenue fluctuations.

We hope you will consider participating in this important endeavor. Gifts of $250 up to $10,000 per donor/household per organization will be eligible for the match provided you have already made your usual annual fund gift to the HSO. The framers of Endow Hartford 21 wisely recognized the importance of continuing annual support, while simultaneously building an endowment. The wonderful 1:2 matching opportunity immediately transforms your gift of $500 to $750, and your gift of $5,000 to $7,500! We hope this campaign will inspire you to give generously to support the long-term future of the HSO and the other participating organizations.

Those making a gift of $1,000 or more will receive a special gift: a handblown glass paperweight by the renowned glass artist Robin Lehman, featuring the image of Ludwig Van Beethoven, created by Mr. Lehman to honor the anniversary of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Want to learn more? Contact Ruth Sovronsky, HSO’s Development Director, at, or by calling her at 860-760-7321.


HSO Programs Funded in Part By

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and Nancy D. Grover in honor of Leonid Sigal, Concertmaster, Hartford Symphony Orchestra.