Sempre Always Campaign

SEMPRE ALWAYS: The Campaign for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Advancing a long and vibrant tradition of musical excellence, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is taking bold and necessary steps toward a bright future, setting the stage for continued and unparalleled musical accomplishment. Achieving these ideals calls for philanthropic support from those who believe deeply in the future of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

SEMPRE ALWAYS: The Campaign for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a $175 million fundraising effort that will advance our preeminent role as a cultural icon showcasing musical brilliance, leadership and innovation. Your support will help ensure success, now and always.

$140.3 million raised
80% to goal

Your contributions will support four main priorities: achieving financial sustainability, sustaining musical excellence, expanding education and community engagement and strengthening Chicago's cultural fabric. Hear inspiring messages and learn more about what a gift to SEMPRE ALWAYS makes possible from CSOA leadership and supporters and CSO musicians in the video gallery below.


Ways to Give

You can curate a gift unique in size, timeline, structure and purpose. Make a gift to be fulfilled in one convenient payment or use installments over a term of several years. Consider the tax advantages of giving appreciated securities or a charitable distribution from your IRA.


Meet Campaign Supporters
Phyllis Bleck, a trumpeter who regularly performed with the CSO in the 1950s and 60s, later went on to become a thoracic surgeon and remains a dedicated supporter of the CSO.
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Through a generous contribution to the SEMPRE ALWAYS campaign, Margo and Michael Oberman established a fund that supports open rehearsals for seniors and veterans and other initiatives that expand community access to the CSO.
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Campaign Commitments

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association gratefully acknowledges the generous donors who have shown tremendous support for SEMPRE ALWAYS: The Campaign for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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