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In 1873, a group of visionaries came together with the idea of presenting musical festivals in Cincinnati. These men and women conceived a festival that would transform the musical tastes of America and, at the same time, enhance Cincinnati’s image and national reputation. Due to the expansive dreams and pragmatic skills of its founders and a countless number of volunteers, the May Festival and May Festival Chorus of today delight and enrich the lives of tens of thousands of individuals every year.

We look at the founders of the May Festival with great admiration. Future generations will view current contributors with appreciation for having the foresight and wisdom to preserve the heritage and ensure the continued growth of the May Festival and May Festival Choruses.

Do you have a story about what May Festival means to you? Do you have a favorite memory, or was there a performance that you particularly remember? We would love to hear your stories – please call 513.744.3250 or email hherbert@mayfestival.com today to share yours!​​

Ways of Giving


Please make your check payable to Cincinnati May Festival and return to:
May Festival
Attn:  Annual Fund
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202-7531

Credit Card

For your convenience, we accept Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. To make a donation online using your credit card, please click here. You may also simply provide us with your account number and expiration date by contacting our Development Office at 513.744.3250!


Payments made in installments are an excellent way to make your dollars go further! We can charge a card in installments throughout the year, or we can bill you according to your preference.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift opportunities to their employees and retirees; this is an excellent way to double the impact of your gift today!

Gifts of Stock

Donating appreciated stock not only supports May Festival, but brings you the advantage of extra tax benefits as well. Stock gifts may be transferred directly to the May Festival brokerage account #636-04-j47, DTC #5198; to make a transfer, please contact Lynn Becker, Merrill Lynch, at 513.579.3663 or lynn_becker@ml.com.

Bequests/Planned Giving

The gift that keeps on giving, a bequest to the May Festival endowment ensures your gift continues in perpetuity. For example, a bequest of only $2,000 will provide an ongoing annual amount of $100 to the May Festival! Planned giving can take many forms, including a bequest in a will, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, life insurance or retirement/IRA gift, and each comes with its own unique benefits. Interested in including the May Festival in your estate plans (and joining our exclusive Planned Giving Society)? Contact Steven Sunderman at 513.744.3248.