Why should I give to HRCMF?

Harvard is a wonderful, busy, stressful place to live and learn for four years (or more). For many of us, HRCM served as a much-needed oasis of calm and fellowship amid the storms of our Harvard years.

Music, especially choral music, brings people together. The Collegium is exceptional thanks to the diversity of its members. Unlike many collegiate choirs, HRCM is not directly affiliated with the University’s music department and thus isn’t filled with only music majors. A soprano Chemistry-concentrating Collegiite can sing next to an English-concentrating bass; whatever their field of academic or professional interest, the Collegium offers a place for students to come together with all kinds of people to experience a shared love of Bach, Monteverdi, Brahms, or Palestrina.

HRCM and its sibling Holden Choirs are entirely financially independent from Harvard University. Harvard rakes in millions of dollars to its endowment every year, but none of those dollars is earmarked for choral music. HRCMF needs your financial support.

We hope you look back on your Collegium years with fondness. HRCM is a vital part of the Arts at Harvard, and with your help, we can ensure that future generations of Collegiites will have the same kind of musically and socially rewarding experiences that we all had in HRCM.

How can I give?

The Foundation is grateful for any gift, of any size, at any time. Our fiscal year runs from September 1 – August 31. Our annual appeal is mailed in October, with a phonathon held in early November. Please consider supporting the Foundation with a tax-deductible gift. Every donation makes a difference to the work of the Collegium and to the students who make up its ranks. We are grateful for your generosity.

To donate by credit card, click here. You will be directed to PayPal’s secure website to process your donation. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this option.

Checks should be made payable to Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Foundation and sent to

Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Foundation, Inc.,
P.O. Box 381987
Cambridge, MA 02238.

For information about donating stock or other investment income, or for questions about estate planning and other planned giving, please contact our treasurer, Thomas Bridge.

Give Through A Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

What is a donor-advised fund?
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.
How does it work?
• Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program (like HRCMF)
• Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free)
• Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice

What are the main advantages of a donor-advised fund?
Simplicity–The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.
Flexibility–Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.
Tax-efficiency–Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.
Family legacy–A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.
No start-up costs–There is no cost to establish a donor-advised fund. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).
**No transaction fees–Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified publiccharity of choice.**
Privacy if desired–Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient.

**Sponsoring organizations generally assess an administrative fee on the assets in a DAF. These fees vary by sponsoring organization.

Leadership Donors

Join a committed group of HRCMF donors who have elected to become Leadership Donors. These alumni and friends give at least $250 to HRCMF annually. Giving levels for Leadership Donors range from the Conductor’s Circle level ($250 to $499) to the Holden Fellow ($500 to $999) to the Maestro level ($1000 and above). Leadership Donors are acknowledged in HRCM programs and, as just one way of expressing our gratitude for their tremendous support, will receive a CD from one of the Collegium’s recent concerts. If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Donor, please contact Celia Green.