Why Give?

Inspire imaginations. Engage minds. Create community.

You do this, and much more, when you support the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.  It is thanks to generous individuals and caring companies that we have spent over 70 years expanding the idea of what music is, what it can be and how it can make an impact – often in unexpected ways.  Our innovative and entrepreneurial approach to welcoming and cultivating world-class talent allows us to push boundaries and challenge stereotypes to bring the joy and benefits of music to all ages through our professionally-performed concert series and accessible education and outreach programs.

There are many ways you can contribute. How will you make your greatest impact?

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There are many ways to donate: online, by phone, by mail, using gifts of stock, or legacy gifts.

Ways to Give

Giving Levels


Every donation, regardless of size, inspires imaginations, engages minds and builds community by providing:

  • Dynamic live performances of orchestral music throughout Kitchener, Waterloo,  Guelph, Cambridge and beyond to music lovers of all ages through our Kinderconcerts, Family Concerts, Baroque Series, Pops Series, and Signature series.
  • The healing power music to those who need it most in seniors’ residences and health-care settings through our Health & Wellness Program.
  • Training to the next generation of musicians through our Youth Orchestra Program
  • Music education and appreciation to school-aged children through our School Concerts.
  • Music lessons on orchestral instruments to the most economically disadvantaged children in our community through our Bridge to Music program.
  • The opportunity to experience live orchestral music to those who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance through our Heartstrings program.

To make a donation, learn more or discuss benefits at different levels, please contact  edwyer@kwsymphony.on.ca or 519-745-4711 ext. 275.

Conductor’s Circle

Conductor’s Circle Members (donors of $1,500+) are important partners engaging the minds, sparking the imaginations, and building community with over 102,000 people in our community through 200+ live performances annually.

Members of this prestigious giving club receive special recognition in Symphony publications and personalized ticketing and subscription renewal services.

Your concert experience is enhanced with complimentary parking and access to the Conductor’s Circle Lounge which provides a private coat check, complimentary wine, coffee & tea, savoury appetizers and delectable sweets in an exclusive space.

Exclusive opportunities to meet and interact with musicians, conductors and guests artists are made available in Lounge and at special invite-only events throughout the Season.

See the pledge form for more details. Donate stocks and securities to get a break on capital gains tax.

Please contact Nadine Collins by email at ncollins@kwsymphony.on.ca or by phone 519-745-4711 ext. 279 to talk about making a donation today!

Major Giving

Music education, accessibility or performance.  What is your passion? Significant donations can make a lasting impact. Contact our Director of Development & Donor Relations Nadine Collins at ncollins@kwsymphony.on.ca or 519-745-4711 ext. 279 to find out how you can make a lasting impact with a significant donation.  Gifts of securities, stock, or insurance may be an appropriate part of your financial plan. To make a donation of securities, download our Public Securities Transfer Form.

Legacy Giving

Legacy giving offers you the opportunity to make a meaningful and lasting gift to a cause you believe in regardless of your income level. These thoughtful gifts are tailored to your personal financial situation and take into consideration your personal and family needs.

A well-planned gift provides attractive tax benefits to you or your estate while looking after the needs of your loved ones.  A financial advisor can offer advice and guidance to help make the gift that is right for you and your personal financial goals.

Bequests, life insurance, an RRSP or RRIF, a gift of securities, a charitable remainder trust, or a charitable annuity are just some of the giving vehicles available to use to make legacy gift.  If you have already planned a gift, please let us know by returning a Statement of Intent form.

Donors who have made a legacy gift to the KWS, have the option to be recognized as member of the Dr Glenn Kruspe Society.  Named after the founder of the KWS and Music Director for its first 15 seasons, membership in this giving club allows us to specially recognize and thank legacy gift donors with a special listing in the House Program and invitations to events.

For more information about Legacy Giving please contact:

Nadine Collins, Director of Development & Donor Relations
519-745-4711 ext. 279


Endowments are powerful ways to invest in the future of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony because they provide a reliable source of funding to protect the Symphony from fluctuations in annual resources and secure the organization’s future.  The capital donated is invested and the annual income from your gift supports the operations of the KWS.

Endowed gifts are managed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Foundation (KWSF), an independent organization with its own board of trustees.   The Foundation’s objective is to hold and invest donations and to use the investment income for the benefit of the KWS. All gifts made to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Foundation (KWSF) are Endowed Gifts.

Each gift to the Foundation increases the annual interest income which is available to support the music of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

For additional information, please contact:

Nadine Collins, Director of Development & Donor Relations
Phone:  519-745-4711 ext. 279

KWSF Investment Committee

Mike O’Neill, Vice President – Investments of The Economical Insurance Group

Mike O’Neill was promoted to his current position in November 2001. Mike has managed the $3 billion investment portfolio since joining the company as Manager of Fixed Income Investments in March 1991. He has the ultimate responsibility for investments in Cash, Bonds and Preferred and Common Shares. Prior to joining Economical, Mike worked for investment dealer Gordon Capital, where he had sales and trading responsibility for Preferred Shares covering major institutional accounts across the country. He joined Gordon from Royal Trust in 1989 where he was Director of Corporate Investments, managing the $1.5 Billion corporate account portfolio comprised of preferred shares and over $400 million in common equities.

Mike has held the CFA designation since 1982 and has completed AIMR’s advanced Investment Management Workshop Course at Princeton. He received his MBA from the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, where he also received his undergraduate degree in Economics.

He is a past Chair of the Fixed Income Committee of the Toronto Society of Financial analysts and taught the Fixed Income segment of the CFA tutorial program in Toronto. Mike is married with two adult children and has lived and worked in the Kitchener Waterloo community for the last twenty years, where he is active on the Investment Committees of two local charitable organizations.

John Davidson, Vice-President & Investment Advisor with RBC Wealth Management | RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

He has been serving discerning investors in Kitchener Waterloo and the surrounding area for over 34 years in a professional capacity, however he personally started investing more than 45 years ago. He started his career with A. E. Ames and Company, a predecessor to RBC Dominion Securities, with which he has remained his entire professional investment career. Together with his business partner, Lisa Strayer, he serves medium to high net worth clients with expert portfolio management.

His formal training through Queens University, while articling at the Chartered Accountants firm of Clarkson, Gordon & Co. (now Ernst and Young) earned him the degree of a Chartered Accountant. As a result, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business of strategically building custom portfolios, and providing timely advice on all aspects of investing.

John and his wife Cathay have four grown children and live on a farm outside of Kitchener Waterloo with their two Labrador Retrievers and three cats. They enjoy travelling, hiking, canoeing, cooking and reading.

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