Endowment Giving

Ensure Great Opera for Future Generations
Your gift to San Francisco Opera’s endowment helps fulfill our vision to be the most exciting force in the opera world, now and in the future. The endowment provides a steady source of funding to meet our mission of presenting opera performances of the highest international quality and making them available to the widest possible audiences. Endowment funds ensure San Francisco Opera’s ability to continue to showcase the world’s leading artists, train the stars of tomorrow, present exciting premieres and new productions and build new audiences for this thrilling art form.

San Francisco Opera’s Endowment Funds
San Francisco Opera’s endowment consists of two funds. Both contain assets that are held long term and invested to generate income and capital appreciation for San Francisco Opera’s benefit. They are the New Century Fund, comprising unrestricted gifts that are treated as endowment by Board of Directors policy; and the Restricted Fund, comprising gifts that have been expressly restricted as to time and/or purpose by the donor.  

Endowment gifts which have not been expressly designated to the Restricted Fund by the donor are deemed unrestricted, and are thus a part of the New Century Fund.

The majority of our endowment, currently valued at nearly $138 million as of November 2012, is restricted funds. Our long term goal is to double the total value of the endowment by 2020, and to have half of the endowment corpus provide the flexibility of unrestricted funds.

How to Make a Gift to our Endowment
San Francisco Opera’s current highest priority is to build the New Century Fund, and we encourage gifts for that purpose. You can contribute to our endowment with a current gift, or with a future gift through your estate plan. Gifts of cash, appreciated stock and real property are most common, although other types of gifts are accepted as appropriate. Request information about making a current or future endowment gift or read about San Francisco Opera's Gift Acceptance Policy.

If you are interested in making a gift to the Company’s endowment funds, or for more information about giving to strengthen the Company’s future, please contact Mark Jones, Director of Endowment and Legacy Giving, at (415) 565-3206 or

Share your deep love of opera—give generously to San Francisco Opera’s endowment.

Contact Us

Endowment Giving
(415) 565-3206
San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102