Berkshire Opera Festival is a non-profit organization that holds steadfast to our mission of making high-quality operatic programming affordable and accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds in our community. Our family of BOF donors and patrons are passionate about promoting opera in the greater Berkshire region, and we could not provide performances of this caliber without your support. Our heartfelt thanks go to our many loyal supporters.
How to Support BOF
Ticket sales cover less than a quarter of the actual costs of producing our fully-staged operas. Therefore, we rely on the generosity of donors like you to raise the curtain on our annual summer festival. Your personal donation of any size will help us to keep this incredible art form alive for everyone in our Berkshire community and beyond.
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Berkshire Opera Festival. In recognition of your generosity, we have benefits available at every giving level.
Donizetti's Don Pasquale (2019). Photo: Ken Howard
Thank you for your support!
Ways to Give
The quickest and easiest way to support BOF! Make a one-time donation online today by clicking on the button below. Donate on behalf of yourself or in honor of a loved one.
DONATE BY MAIL
Make a one-time donation by mailing a check made out to “Berkshire Opera Festival” and send to our offices at:
54 Wendell Avenue, Suite 5
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Many employers offer matching gift programs in which the company will match charitable contributions made to non-profits by their employees. Some companies even offer to match gifts made by retirees. This is a simple way of doubling or even tripling your support of BOF!
DONOR-ADVISED FUND GIFTS
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is an investment account for charitable giving that offers an immediate tax benefit and the flexibility to support your preferred charities (such as BOF!) right away or over time. Advantages to donating via your DAF:
Simplicity: Your sponsoring organization handles all record-keeping, disbursements (including an option for automatic distributions), and tax receipts.
Timing: You can request that a donation be made to the charity of your choice at any time or make automatic recurring gifts on a schedule of your choice.
Flexible funding options: Fund your DAF with the assets of your choice, including cash, stock, securities, and even real estate.
If you are interested in donating to Berkshire Opera Festival through your DAF, please note BOF's tax ID number is 47-1596750.
MAKE A GIFT OF STOCK OR SECURITIES
Transfer the stocks now and we will wait to liquidate unless the value of the stock is equal to, or higher than, its value on the day of your initial stock transfer. Contact Executive Director Abigail Rollins for details by email or at 413.213.6622.
MAKE A TAX-FREE GIFT FROM YOUR IRA
If you are 72 years of age or older, you can take advantage of this simple way to support BOF and receive tax benefits in return. You can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity - such as BOF - without having to pay income taxes on these funds.
MAKE A PLEDGE
Let us know what you are committed to donating to BOF before the end of our current fiscal year on September 30 so we can incorporate this valuable information into our financial projections. Making a pledge allows you to demonstrate your support of BOF now, but with the flexibility to pay later. Click on the button below to complete a pledge form:
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Donation Refund Policy
We are grateful for your donation and support of Berkshire Opera Festival. Donations are normally non-refundable, however, if you made an error when making your donation online or have changed your mind about contributing to BOF, please contact us at Donations@BerkshireOperaFestival.org. Refunds are made using the original method of payment. If you made your donation via credit card, your refund will be credited to that same card.