Give to Glimmerglass

Thank you for considering a gift to The Glimmerglass Festival. 

There are many ways to support the company, now and into the future. Please explore these pages to learn more about giving options.

You can make an online gift here or mail in this printable “How to Make a Gift” form. 


Individual Giving

Glimmerglass is grateful to the hundreds of individuals and families who make possible everything we do onstage and off.

For giving instructions, including stock information, click here.

Checks can be made payable to “The Glimmerglass Festival” and mailed to:
PO Box 191
Cooperstown, NY 13326



Did you know that you must begin withdrawing from your IRA after you reach age 72 (73 if you reach age 72 after 2022)? Additionally, there are new provisions that allow a one-time tax-free qualified charitable distribution (QCD) up to $50,000 from an IRA to fund a gift that pays income for life, such as a charitable gift annuity. To learn more about required minimum distributions, visit, or contact your tax consultant.

Make an impact all year long.

Sustained giving is a convenient and affordable way to make your contribution to The Glimmerglass Festival. Your monthly commitment to the annual fund helps to support the company operations year-round by providing a steady source of revenue. Plus, you can enjoy donor benefits associated with your total giving throughout the year. Your credit card will be charged monthly in the amount that you specify and will automatically renew unless you opt to change or cancel.

To join our Sustained Giving Program, select the “monthly” option on our online donation form.

Questions? Contact Kathy Buck at (607) 547-0700 ext. 299 or

The Goodyear Society

The Goodyear Society honors the generous individuals and families who have arranged gifts for Glimmerglass in their wills or estates. Members of the Society receive the highest level of patron benefits throughout the duration of their lifetimes. If you have already included Glimmerglass in your plans, please be sure to let us know so that we may thank you and extend an invitation to become a member of this special group of supporters, which receives Camerata-level donor benefits.  

The Society is named for one of our founders, Tom Goodyear, and his mother, Jeanette Bissell Goodyear, whose generous donation of farmland was transformed into the Festival’s theater and campus we know and enjoy today.

To leave a gift in your will, consult your financial, tax, or legal advisor and share:
“I bequeath $___ or ___% of my estate to Glimmerglass Opera Theatre, Inc., Taxpayer Identification No. 16-1053970.”

Goodyear Society Confirmation Form


Below you can find the most popular forms of planned gifts received by Glimmerglass. Please consult with a financial, tax, or legal advisor about the method of contributing that is best for you.

Bequests. A bequest made through a will or living trust is the most common method utilized to make a planned gift to Glimmerglass. Your bequest may be in the form of a predetermined sum, percentage, or the remainder of an estate and may consist of cash, securities, life insurance proceeds, real estate, and/or personal property. 

Beneficiary Designation. You may choose to make Glimmerglass the beneficiary of all or a  portion of an IRA, life insurance plan, qualified retirement plan, brokerage account, etc. Should you choose to move forward with such a gift, please be sure to update your beneficiary designation form accordingly. 

Charitable Trusts. Charitable trusts are a favorable option when planning your estate, providing you, the donor, with a wide range of benefits. Charitable trusts can play a role in reducing income and estate tax, as well as protecting your assets. The two types of charitable trusts we most frequently see are:

  1. Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs). A CRT is an irrevocable trust that allows you to make a gift to Glimmerglass while reaping the benefit from your assets. Cash, securities, or other property are placed in a trust that provides an income to you or your designated beneficiary/beneficiaries for life or a set period of time. When the trust period ends, the remainder will be disbursed to the Glimmerglass Festival Endowment, with tax benefits available through a charitable deduction. 
  2. Charitable Lead Trusts (CLTs). A CLT is also an irrevocable trust that allows you to benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting Glimmerglass without giving up the assets that you hope to pass down to your family. Consisting of cash, securities or other property, this type of charitable trust distributes fixed, periodic payments to Glimmerglass for a set amount of time. When the specified term of the trust ends, the remainder will be disbursed to you or your designated beneficiary/beneficiaries.


The Glimmerglass Festival is grateful for all inquiries; planned gifts of any size have an impact and are invaluable in helping perpetuate the Festival to be enjoyed by future generations for years to come.

To notify us of your legacy gift and to join the Goodyear Society, please complete this “Goodyear Society Confirmation Form” and return to Caryn Reeves, Director of Development, at She can also be reached for questions at (607) 547-0700 ext. 238.

The Glimmerglass Festival is grateful to our institutional partners—foundations, businesses, and government agencies:






Glimmerglass structures sponsorship opportunities to give companies a high degree of flexibility based on their individual marketing, promotional and/or philanthropic goals. Each sponsor receives a unique package of benefits providing an extensive level of brand exposure throughout the entire event or sponsorship duration. Corporate Giving benefits are customizable and may include verbal recognition, written recognition in digital communications and printed materials, ad space in the Festival Program Book, and in-season benefits such as invitations to select dress rehearsals and Intermission Club privileges.


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For questions about charitable giving, contact Caryn Reeves, Director of Development,
at (607) 547-0700 ext. 238 or

EIN: 16-1053970

Benefits of Giving

Please call for more details or for other customizable sponsorship opportunities. Contact Caryn Reeves, Director of Development, at (607) 547-0700 ext. 238 or


Leadership Circle ($200,000 and above)
• Opportunity to sponsor a production
• Season sponsorship opportunities
• Plus all benefits listed below

Chair’s Circle ($100,000-$199,999)
• Opportunity to sponsor the orchestra
• Opportunity to sponsor the annual youth opera
• Enhanced customized benefits; plus…

President’s Circle ($50,000–$99,999)
• Opportunity to sponsor an Artist-in-Residence
• Opportunity to sponsor a performance
• Personally customized benefits; plus…

Trustees’ Circle ($25,000–$49,999)
• Special Guest Artist sponsorship opportunities
• Assistance obtaining tickets to performances at other opera companies; plus…

Artists’ Circle ($15,000–$24,999)
• Opportunity to sponsor a Young Artist; plus…

Apprentices’ Circle ($10,000–$14,999)
• Opportunity to sponsor an Apprentice
• Access to behind-the-scenes tours; plus all National Council-level benefits


Platinum ($7,500–$9,999)
• Reserved parking next to the opera house
• Expanded sponsorship opportunities; plus…

Gold ($5,000–$7,499)
• Invitation to Opening Weekend Cast Party; plus…

Silver ($2,500 – $4,999)
• Customized sponsorship choices associated with this level; plus…

Bronze ($1,000–$2,499)
• Priority parking in the front of the west lot
• Invitations to designated mainstage dress rehearsals
• Glimmerglass Intermission Club privileges
• Invitations to National Council gatherings off-season
• Fanfare, our patron newsletter
• Personal assistance with ticketing and lodging; plus all Patron-level benefits


Guarantor ($500–$999)
• Admission for two to one designated dress rehearsal; plus…

Contributor ($100–$499)
• 10% discount at the Glimmerglass Festival Shop
• Listing in the Annual Report and performance programs; plus…

Friend (up to $99)
• Advance notice of Glimmerglass Festival events
• Our gratitude


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The Glimmerglass Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. The company’s annual filing may be obtained, upon request, from the NYS Charities Bureau: 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10271. Information on charitable organizations can be obtained from the NYS Office of the Attorney General at or (212) 416-8686.