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Substantially Increasing Endowment

Tangible results
Expanding the effects of endowment

Parts of the Artis—Naples endowment have been set aside for specific purposes. The Naples Philharmonic Pops series now has an endowment, and so too do the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus. Furthermore, John and Joanne Fisher have endowed the role of CEO and President.

The Sharon and Timothy Ubben Artistic and Music Director endowment guarantees exemplary artistic leadership, including the incoming Artistic and Music Director Alexander Shelley. Furthermore, this family made an extraordinary final gift to the campaign just days before its completion. We are moved beyond words that an angel donor, Tim Ubben, made another momentous $10 million gift to the endowment.


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Gifts received toward pillar: $53.8 million of the $95+ million committed to the Future—Forward Campaign

When the Future—Forward campaign was launched in 2016, increasing the endowment to $100 million was the primary goal. With the generous support of our board of directors, philanthropic community, patrons and donors, we have surpassed this goal, and the endowment now stands at over $119 million, including $53.8 million pledged or committed as part of the Future—Forward campaign.

Having a robust endowment supplements revenue to expand programming during healthy financial times. And as we know from the complex year that 2020 presented for Artis—Naples and the world, an endowment also provides a buffer against economic downturns. In keeping with best practices, Artis—Naples takes an annual disbursement from the endowment equal to five percent of the 20-quarter rolling average balance on December 31. These funds help provide for additional programming or educational opportunities that ticket sales and annual fundraising efforts do not cover.



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