Individual Giving

Like all opera companies, we rely on donations to bring live opera to the stage. Ticket sales cover less than half of our costs. We use your donations exceptionally efficiently: 70% of our budget goes for artistic expenses, and 80% goes back into the local economy. Donate now and be part of the sustaining community for the arts in Eugene! We are deeply grateful for your support.

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Eugene Opera is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and donations are tax deductible as provided by the IRS Code. Our federal tax ID is 93-0679959.


Why We Ask

Like other performing arts, every production takes a lot of skill, talent, hard work, materials, rehearsal and performance venues — all of which cost money.

And opera needs it all — solo singers, a chorus, a full orchestra, sets, costumes, lighting, sometimes non-singing actors and dancers too.

Unlike Broadway shows and movies, which recover their production costs through hundreds to thousands of showings or screenings, we have only two or three performances per production — never enough to recover all costs through ticket sales.

That’s why opera always needs both donors and audience members.

Click on the video below to hear General Director Mark Beudert.

Nothing compares to experiencing the arts live. Help make it happen — donate now!

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Five Ways You Can Help

Make a One-Time Gift

Your contribution will make a difference! Donate online, over the phone, or send us a check.

Become a Eugene Opera STAR — Pledge!

Everyone appreciates having a steady income stream. When you choose a convenient monthly pledge of $25, $50, $200 or whatever you can afford, you also provide stability that we can count on. Monthly donors of $10 or more are identified as STARS in the program book distributed at opera performances.

Make a Gift in Honor or in Memory

A gift to Eugene Opera is always a thoughtful way to honor a friend, relative, or associate who cares about the opera — for any occasion! Or consider a memorial gift — an especially meaningful way to honor the memory of someone who cared about the arts. Tribute gifts also receive special recognition in the program book distributed at opera performances.

Purchase Community Tix

Opera lovers know how the human heart can be uplifted by this amazing art form, but there are many who cannot afford the price of a ticket. You can share the joy of opera with a deserving neighbor through the Community Tix program. Your tax-deductible contribution of $30 enables an approved social service organization to purchase an opera ticket for one of its clients for only $5.

Participating organizations have included St. Vincent de Paul, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County, Womenspace, Sponsors Inc., and Catholic Community Services of Lane County. (Other social services organizations are welcome to apply to participate.)

Join the Ambassadors

If giving money doesn’t fully satisfy your urge to get involved, or if you’d like to do more for Eugene Opera than your budget will allow, join the Ambassadors! Learn more about how you can partner with other opera-lovers in our community to make a difference for the opera.


Giving Options

Different options suit different donors. We are grateful for all of your support.

  • Pledges
  • Matching Gifts through your employer
  • Securities
  • Gifts-In-Kind
  • Funds, Trusts and Family Foundations
  • Planned Gifts
  • Endowment

Donor Recognition

Eugene Opera hosts periodic donor appreciation events to which high-level donors are invited.

All donors of $25 or more are acknowledged in the program book distributed at opera performances, at the appropriate recognition level as follows:

Golden Circle ($20,000 and up)
Benefactor ($10,000 to $19,999)
Sustainer ($5,000 to $9,999)
Conductor’s Circle ($2,000 to $4,999)
Director’s Circle ($1,000 to $1,999)
Patron ($500 to $999)
Contributor ($350 to $499)
Member ($200 to $349)
Donor ($100 to $199)
Friend ($25 to $99)

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