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Double Your Impact with Crowden's Recovery Challenge Match

Crowden needs your support as we recover from our extended closure. A small group of extraordinary benefactors have joined together to lead the way: Every donation will be matched, up to $175,000, between now and September 30. 
 
Learn more about the pandemic's impact on Crowden, and why your support is so crucial now. Will you make a gift today to help ensure that our faculty and staff members are sustained, and that Crowden has the funds needed to adjust to our new reality safely and responsibly?

Crowden is a vital hub of music education and performance in the Bay Area that serves over 12,000 individuals annually. Donors are essential to maintaining the breadth and quality of all of Crowden’s programs.

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Why Support Crowden?

With your assistance, Crowden offers:

Community Education

Crowden offers a diverse slate of classes, camps, and workshops that are open to the general public. This includes private lessons, group classes, chamber ensembles, and the unique John Adams Young Composers Program.

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The Crowden School

A coeducational day school for grades three to eight, the Crowden School provides a transformative education with chamber music at its core. Crowden’s donors sustain this program by making up the difference between tuition income and the actual cost of educating each child. Donors also support financial aid, which is offered to over half of Crowden School students.

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Young boy in art class

The Crowden School

A coeducational day school for grades three to eight, the Crowden School provides a transformative education with chamber music at its core. Crowden’s donors sustain this program by making up the difference between tuition income and the actual cost of educating each child. Donors also support financial aid, which is offered to over half of Crowden School students.

Public School Outreach

Crowden provides music education to public elementary school students who would not otherwise have it as a part of their curriculum. This program is free to participating schools and depends heavily upon individual and institutional donors. 

Community Music Day

Concerts & Events

Crowden contributes to the musical life of its community by offering over 60 free or low-cost public concerts each year, including the popular Sundays @ Four series. Children attend Crowden concerts free of charge.

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Kenneth Renshaw performing

Concerts & Events

Crowden contributes to the musical life of its community by offering over 60 free or low-cost public concerts each year, including the popular Sundays @ Four series. Children attend Crowden concerts free of charge.

Your gift ensures that Crowden will continue to provide essential support to the musical life of the community.

Crowden’s Membership Program

Gifts of any amount, large or small, are appreciated. When you give $100 or more, you automatically join Crowden's membership program, which provides specialized benefits for different levels of annual support!

Crowden Music Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax I.D. number 94-2863366. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Matching Gifts

Many employers offer a Matching Gifts Program. This is a tremendous benefit that can double or even triple your gift to Crowden! Please check with your Human Resources Department for details.

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Opus 18 Alumni Giving Circle

If you are an alum, we hope that you look back fondly on your years at Crowden and take the opportunity to enable more young people to experience all that this special place has to offer. We would like to invite Crowden alumni everywhere to join our alumni giving circle, Opus 18. 

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Anne Crowden Legacy Society

The Anne Crowden Legacy Society is an outstanding group of mission-driven supporters that fortifies Anne’s passion project. 

» More about Anne Crowden Legacy Society
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Memorial and Honorary Tribute Gifts

You can commemorate a loved one with a gift to Crowden. Gifts may honor a person during his/her lifetime, commemorate a significant event, or provide a legacy in keeping with your loved one’s interests and ideals. Families of those honored will receive notification of the donor's gift. To set up a memorial fund or tribute gift, or if you are interested in giving to an existing memorial fund, please contact Moana Newman at mnewman@crowden.org or 510.559.6910 ext 121.

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Gifts of Securities

Gifts of stock or other appreciated property offer two-fold tax savings: Donors pay no capital gains on increased value of the appreciated property, and they receive an income tax deduction for the full market value at the time of the gift. Transferring securities is easy. To receive a transfer form and to ensure proper tax credit, timely acknowledgement, and accurate processing of your stock donation, please contact Moana Newman at mnewman@crowden.org or 510.559.6910 ext 121.

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Donate a Car

You can donate your car and have the proceeds go to supporting Crowden programs! Simply follow the link below. Arrangements will be made to pick up your vehicle at your convenience.

» Donate Your Car to Benefit Crowden
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In Kind Donations

Crowden gratefully accepts in-kind donations of instruments, computers and other technology, library books, donations for our annual Gala auctions, and more. For more information about donations of musical instruments or sheet music please visit our Musical Instruments Donations page. For information on donating auction items to the Gala, please visit our Gala page. For information or assistance with all other in-kind donations, please contact Moana Newman at mnewman@crowden.org or 510.559.6910 ext 121.

 For information or assistance with any of the above, please contact Moana Newman at mnewman@crowden.org or 510.559.6910 ext 121.

Crowden Music Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax I.D. number 94-2863366. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Institutional, Business, and Community Support

Crowden gratefully acknowledges the following businesses and other organizations for their generous support.

Crowden Music Center is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Business

DJ Grubb and Company

Ifshin Violins

Meyer Sound

Government

Alameda County Arts Commission / ARTSFUND Grants

California Arts Council

Berkeley Civic Arts Commission

Foundations

ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

Bernard Osher Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts

Jewish Community Federation

Pacific Harmony Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Tides Foundation

California Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts

Alameda County Arts Commission

Berkeley Civic Arts Commission

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