HOW TO DONATE TO OPERA BIRMINGHAM ONLINE
Opera Birmingham uses Paypal as an online donation service. Anyone can donate to the Opera through Paypal simply by following the link below and entering their information or signing into Paypal (if you have an account). Your donation will be automatically categorized as a donation to Opera Birmingham’s Annual Fund, but you may choose to note that your donation is “in honor of” or “in memory of” a specific person.
Become a Member of the Opera Club! Join the Opera Club to experience exclusive previews and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Opera! Open to season-ticket-holders of all ages, the Opera Club will introduce you to some of the people who make opera come to life, as well as to fellow opera-lovers. Your tax-deductible contribution ($75 individual, $100 couple) to support the season, in addition to your season-ticket purchase, covers annual membership for up to two people residing at the same address. Call the Opera office at 205-322-6737 to join or for more information!
AMICI – YOUNG FRIENDS OF OPERA BIRMINGHAM
Amici is a young patrons group with the mission of supporting and promoting Opera Birmingham. Amici (ah-MEE-chee), which is the Italian word for “friends,” is open to all opera lovers ages 21-45. Benefits include great deals on ticket purchases, special seating with other Amici members at performances, and invitations to social events throughout the season. Please contact Amici for more information. Visit Amici on Facebook and on Twitter!
THE ANNUAL FUND
The annual fund provides over 60% of the Company’s annual operating revenues, while ticket sales account for roughly a third of our income each season. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated and may be made by check, credit card or a gift of securities such as stocks or mutual funds. You may also consider making a gift in memory or honor of someone special.
THE IMPRESARIO CIRCLE
The Impresario Circle was created in 2005 to recognize major donors who make a gift of $1,500 or more annually to Opera Birmingham. In addition to recognition in the season program, Impresario Circle members are honored at an exclusive annual dinner with the stars of one of our productions. A special keepsake remembrance is created each season for these generous contributors, as well. Please contact the Opera Birmingham office at 205-322-6737 for more information and to join the Impresario Circle.
THE BEL CANTO SOCIETY – PLANNED GIVING
Those individuals who indicate that a planned gift to Opera Birmingham is part of their estate plans will be recognized during their lifetimes as a member of the Bel Canto Society. A special annual event will be planned just for those generous donors who choose to perpetuate their support of Opera Birmingham in this extraordinary way. For more information, please email General Director Keith Wolfe, or call the Opera Birmingham office at 205-322-6737.
THE OPERA BIRMINGHAM ENDOWMENT FUND
Created by a generous bequest from Ora Lee and J. Ernest Hill, the Opera Birmingham Endowment Fund is held and managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. The Community Foundation currently manages charitable assets in excess of $125 million for the benefit of the community. The Opera Birmingham Endowment Fund provides a lasting and significant source of funding for our productions each and every season. Dedicated, named funds are available for endowment gifts of $25,000 or more. In most cases, gifts to the Endowment Fund come in the form of bequests and legacies made in the form of cash, life insurance proceeds, securities and real property. Charitable remainder trusts which provide lifetime income—at very favorable interest rates—for the donor and ultimately benefit the Opera are also available through the Community Foundation. For more information, please email General Director Keith Wofle, or call the Opera Birmingham office at 205-322-6737.
THE OPERA SHOPPE
Located in the lobby at all Opera Birmingham performances, the Opera Shoppe offers unique merchandise geared to both the longtime opera aficionado as well as the newly minted fan. A tempting selection of books, gifts, CDs, DVDs and Opera Birmingham logo merchandise are offered at the Opera Shoppe. All proceeds from the Shoppe directly benefit Opera Birmingham’s programs in the community. Cash, traveler’s checks, most major credit cards and checks are accepted.