Support CYS

Support CYS

Support CYS

Support CYS

Other Ways to Give

Founded in 1952 the California Youth Symphony has taught upwards of 20,000 students. The CYS experience is profound and lasting. Your generosity and support helps provide young musicians with high-quality musical experiences and realize the dreams of the next generation of musicians and leaders. Make a tax-deductible contribution and help California Youth Symphony continue its legacy of developing talented youth and presenting great music for us and our children in the communities we serve.

By Mail

Send a check to:
441 California Avenue, #5
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650-325-6666

A cash gift to CYS helps out where it is needed most. A donation can be given in honor of someone or as a tribute. All cash gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. CYS accepts cash gifts by check or credit card and donations can be made online or via mail.

Giving Levels

The Conductor's Circle: $5,000 and above Sponsoring Supporters: $500 to $999
The Symphony Circle: $2,500 to $4,999 Sustaining Supporters: $300 to $499
The Principal's Circle: $1,000 to $2,499 Participating Supporters: $150 to $299

Active Supporters: $60 to $149

Friendly Supporter: Under $60


How your contribution helps the California Youth Symphony

$75            Subsidizes the cost of instrument maintenance and rentals
$150         Funds a CYS member's performance in a concert hall
$250         Funds the recording of a concert
$500         Subsidizes one workshop coaching session
$750         Provides one music rental for orchestra
$1,250     Funds the full cost of participation for one student musician
$2,500     Underwrites space for one orchestra rehearsal
$5,000     Subsidizes one performance at a symphony hall

Contact your employer about a matching gift

Many employers encourage and support employee altruistic philanthropy through matching gifts programs, thereby doubling or tripling the impact of your donation! Please check with your employer to see whether it offers a matching gift program. Often times, you will be required to submit a form to your employer with your donation amount and the date you made your gift.

Plan a Gift

Want to make a gift that will benefit thousands of children for generations to come? Leave a legacy gift to CYS through gift planning. The simplest and most common planned gift is a bequest to CYS in your will. You can also designate CYS as the beneficiary of your retirement plan or of a life insurance policy. For further information about planned giving and bequests, please contact or write our office.

California Youth Symphony is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.
CYS FIN: 94-6084049

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