Please consider adding your name to our list of supporters!
Mail your contribution to:
The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
3333 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 300
Irving, TX 75062
(972) 252-7558, ext. 1248 for more information
Keeping the music going takes all of us! Players give their time and love of music, and all of us can help with the financial support it takes to put on “Sundays atthe Symphony” concerts all year long.
Because so many players contribute their time and volunteer efforts, their professional skills in marketing or accounting, we’ve been able to support a full-size symphony orchestra on a budget of less than $70,000 each year.
How do we raise this $70,000? Count the ways! Every one helps.
1. Grants help –each year we receive generous grants from the Irving Arts Board and City of Irving and the Texas Commission on the Arts, helping to cover annual operating expenses, and in some years from The Dallas Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas for special projects they want to support.
Our “First Tickets” program – introducing new players to an orchestra in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, when they first begin their studies – reaches all middle school orchestra players, and has been funded from its inception 5 years ago, with increasing grants from the Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas.
We couldn’t do without these grantors!
2. But you may be surprised to know that a big part of our annual budget comes from individual donations, many of them made on Giving Day in September (Sept. 20 this year). On that day every dollar you give is worth more, with the “bonus” funds contributed by area foundations. And this year, for the first time, you can “schedule” your gift – making it online in advance, anytime from Sept.10-20. Your gift by credit card charge will be dated on Giving Day, Sept. 20.
Giving Day (Sept. 20) is the best day of the year to give to NPOI! And it’s easy. From 6 a.m. till midnight. Every gift is welcome – and from $25 to more than $1,000, it will receive “bonus” funds . You can donate here in a secure way, with an immediate receipt acknowledging your gift. And this year you can make your gift anytime from Sept. 10 through midnight Thursday, Sept. 20 – just go to:
3. You can help by considering an ad in our season programs.
We start every season by inviting area businesses, colleges and professionals to take an ad in our colorful season programs. (Full pages are $350 for programs usedat fall five concerts, half pages $200, and quarter pages $150. Covers are a bitmore.)
You’ll need to reserve your space during the summer – June or July – and get your copy or camera-ready layout to us by August 1, so that the programs can go to press and be ready for our first fall concert. Just contact NPOI at firstname.lastname@example.org to reach our program team.
These 44-page program books are “keepers” – books filled with program notes about each season concert, 2018-19 concert schedule and repertoire, information on guest soloists and conductor and colorful photos from all our special efforts during the year – the middle school’s “First Tickets” programs for students and their families, our new “Friends” program and more. And your ads cover the cost of these beautiful printed programs.
4. You can shop our silent auction, each May! It’s our major annual fund-raiser, and contributes extra dollars at the end of each season, when it’s needed most. The silent auction opens at 2:30 p.m., just before our closing concert of the season at 3:30 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall lobby.
Next season, our silent auction is Sunday, May 19.
Hundreds of gift certificates are contributed by area restaurants, museums, musical and theater groups, in Dallas, Irving and Fort Worth, including most of the “major” arts groups – the big Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies, museums, theaters, ballet, choral and chamber music groups, even certificates for ice skating and rock climbing, the Arboretum, even dancing classes and original art! And there’s a raffle basket.
Bidding begins at 50% of their value, and after the silent auction bids open at as little as 30% of their value! It’s a win-win – raising funds for the orchestra, and offering our best supporters bargains on their favorite things. Each year this auction raises more than $5,000. And every dollar you spend goes to support our season of “Sundays at the Symphony” and our growing work with Irving schools.
5. And you can consider another significant contribution – to our permanent endowment, theTomorrow Fund for NPOI, at The Dallas Foundation. Since its founding in 2011, our Tomorrow Fund has grown to more than $73,000, more than a year’s operating budget for the orchestra! It ensures that there will always be a season of “Sundays at the Symphony.” And each year, earnings from this fund can be used for special needs and operating expenses,
You can contribute to the Tomorrow Fund now, and/or include it in your estate planning, as part of your will and bequests. Our treasurer, Larry Horner, C.P.A, can work with you or your advisors on wording for your will and types of gifts that can be contributed. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Gifts to the Tomorrow Fund can be made in memory of someone, and that gift will be included each season in our listing of donors to the fund. Your gift will grow, with endowment investment, and can be a lasting tribute, showing your support of music and this orchestra.
6. Did anyone mention tickets? One good way to support the orchestra is to buy tickets or season tickets – and bring a friend! Just select “tickets” on our home page to go directly to the Irving Arts Center box office.