The Encore Fund

Following the cancellation of our 2020 season of public concerts and events, the Encore Fund was created with lead support from the Grant Park Music Festival’s Board of Directors and other dedicated donors.
Thousands of members and friends of the Festival contributed generously to this campaign, and we are thrilled to share that we surpassed our 2020 fundraising goal! The Festival received more than $2.5 million in philanthropic gifts to end its fiscal year on December 31 in a strong financial position.
We deeply appreciate the Festival’s many outstanding supporters, and we look forward to reciprocating by uplifting and uniting our community through the power of music for many years to come.


The following philanthropic leaders generously contributed $10,000 or more in 2020 to keep the Festival strong and lay the foundation for the triumphant return of live music this summer.

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Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Peter and Lucy Ascoli
Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Amy Lee Boonstra and Brian Boonstra
Penny Brown and Jeffrey Rappin
Robert J. Buford
Ann and Richard Carr
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Michael Cusick
Nancy Dehmlow
Kate Donaldson and Ryan Whitacre

Fred Drucker and Hon. Rhoda Sweeney Drucker
Michael and Sally Feder
Chantal Forster and Michael Duff
Julius N. Frankel Foundation
Paul and Sue Freehling
Eileen and Jim Friestad
Colleen and Lloyd Fry and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Jerry and Jeannette Goldstone
Stephanie and Adam Grais
Freddi Greenberg and Dan Pinkert
Tom and Nancy Hanson
Walter E. Heller Foundation
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Lori Julian
Sandra Kamin
Barbara Dana Klein
MacArthur Foundation
Mazza Foundation

Ginger and Jim Meyer
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust
National Endowment for the Arts
Julian Oettinger
Periscope, Cari Bucci Hulings
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
LaRue and Caroline Robinson
Burton and Sheli Rosenberg
Sage Foundation
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Smart Family Foundation and Joan and Robert Feitler
Linda and Steve Smith
Andrew and Kimberly Stephens
Terry Taylor and Maureen Sullivan Taylor
David Whitney and Juliana Chyu
William Blair
Karen Zupko