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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 75 years expanding the idea of what music is, what it can be and how it can make an impact – often in unexpected ways.  There are many ways you can have a direct impact on your community.

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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.
  • 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 or 519-745-4711 ext. 275.

Conductor’s Circle

Conductor’s Circle Members are important partners engaging the minds, sparking the imaginations, and building community with over 105,000 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 guest artists are made available in the 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 Michelle Cutts by email at or by phone 519-745-4711 ext. 279 to talk about making a donation today!

Major Gifts
$5,000 and up

Music education, accessibility or performance.  What is your passion? Significant donations can make a lasting impact. Contact our Director of Development & Donor Relations Michelle Cutts at 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.

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.

For more information about Legacy Giving please contact:

Michelle Cutts, 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:

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

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