OBF Endowments

The endowments at the Oregon Bach Festival play a vital role in providing financial support and stability into the future and to advance our mission.

The endowments are carefully managed by the University of Oregon Foundation. The principals of the endowments are kept intact, and only a portion of the annual earnings are utilized by the OBF, so the endowments can continue to appreciate over time.

Helmuth Rilling Endowment

Named after Maestro Helmuth Rilling, who cofounded the OBF and who now serves as director emeritus, this endowment was originally established by 12 families to ensure the presence of a world-class artistic director at the OBF. The renewed drive to fund this endowment supports artistic and primarily educational programming, and guarantees Rilling’s extraordinary legacy.

Saltzman Sustaining Endowment

Named after Royce Saltzman, founding executive director, the OBF’s $10 million sustaining endowment helps fund the operations of the world-class festival in perpetuity, fueling the growth of artistic and educational programs and ensuring that people of all ages have opportunities to experience and perform classical music through the Oregon Bach Festival.

Saltzman Scholarship Endowment

Phyllis and Royce Saltzman Scholarship Fund, an endowment to support scholarships for the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy participants.  Led by a $250,000 challenge donation from an anonymous donor, all gifts to this fund will be matched 100% up to $250,000 over the next four years.

Other Endowments

The Hinkle Endowment established the annual Hinkle Distinguished Lecture Series through generous underwriting from W.H. “Hal” Hinkle, an alumnus of the Festival’s master class in conducting. The Don and Donnie Lutes Endowment further supports the OBF’s mission through the estate of these devoted patrons who served for many years as volunteers, board members, and community advocates. The Tom Wildish Endowment was established to further support our mission and was named after the Eugene business leader and former OBF board president.


How to Give to an OBF Endowment

Gifts to our endowments may take several forms. Donors may make an outright gift of cash or pledge a gift that can be fulfilled over several years. Donations of appreciated assets such as stocks may also be advantageous to you. Another option is to make a future gift to the endowment with a planned gift. In addition, gifts at certain levels offer naming opportunities. To make a gift or to learn more, contact Gretchen Farrar at gfarrar@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-1324.