The Lakeside Annual Fund is essential to our community
Lakeside Chautauqua is a special place, and everyone has a different reason for why they love to visit – family moments, healing, inspiring worship, lifelong learning, chart-topping shows, creative art classes or challenging recreational activities. Because of these cherished experiences, we all want to ensure that the Lakeside experience remains special for generations to come.
One of the best ways to protect the Lakeside experience is by financially supporting the Lakeside Annual Fund .

The Annual Fund supports our Chautauqua program, beautiful gardens, historic buildings and many other critical needs. Your collective gifts as a community provide a vital source of revenue that underwrites virtually every aspect of what renders the Lakeside Chautauqua experience distinctive and unique.

Will you support the Lakeside Annual Fund by giving today or committing to a monthly gift?
How is the Annual Fund used to support Lakeside?
Like all organizations, Lakeside uses financial best practices, including a monthly review of financial performance by the CFO and Lakeside Chautauqua Board Finance Committee; robust internal controls monitored by the CFO and Audit Committee; and a very vigorous planning and budgeting process culminating with Board approval of the annual budget at the winter Board meeting. Lakeside utilizes multiple revenue sources, which is critical to a thriving business model that creates long-term financial sustainability.

However, the year-round operation of Lakeside and the summer Chautauqua program are not inexpensive. It takes a significant sum to produce the Chautauqua experience that we all love and cherish.

After revenue comes in from attendance-related activities, including season passes, daily gates fees, parking, lodging and food, groups and event fees, as well as property and trash assessments and the draw from the Endowment, there is about $700,000 of expenses in our budget that still need funded.
The Annual Fund is important because it helps bridge the gap in funding for general operations that occurs each year. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide immediate, critical support for:

  • Religious Life programs
  • Educational programs
  • Cultural Arts programs
  • Recreational programs
  • Hotels
  • Youth/Team programs
  • Campground
  • Maintenance & Grounds
  • Lakeside Symphony Orchestra
  • Summer internship program
  • Group housing
  • Chautauqua Park
  • Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus
  • Safety Services/Security
  • Steele Memorial Bandstand
  • Rhein Center
  • ...and many other areas

“Logistically and financially, the Lakeside Annual Fund makes your experience at Lakeside possible,” said Dan Dudley, Acting President & CFO/COO. “Without Lakesiders’ donations to the Annual Fund, we would not be able to bridge the gap between our revenue and expenses and carry out our general operations.”
Why is your support so important?
Roughly 72% of Lakeside’s funding comes in from April-August. Budgeted revenue for this year from all attendance-related activities, including season passes, daily gates fees, parking, hotels, groups and event fees, totaled $5.8 million. Lakeside is expecting attendance-related revenue with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to be less than half of what was budgeted.

When you give to the Lakeside Annual Fund, you make a direct and immediate impact upon Lakesiders of all generations and support a place where families and friends can rest, reconnect and renew as a community. Gifts of all sizes are valuable and meaningful. Through your collective generosity, you can make a significant, positive impact on Lakesiders, families and friends.

If you are willing and able, will you consider committing a monthly gift or giving a one-time gift today to the Lakeside Annual Fund to help support your special community?
To give a gift to the Lakeside Annual Fund, visit or call the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office at (419) 798-4461 ext. 246. You can also give in-person by visiting the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office at 217 Walnut Ave.
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