Annual Fund

Your Support Makes a Difference—Thank You!

Contributions from individuals like you make it possible for Music@Menlo to bring innovative and immersive programming performed by some of the world’s leading chamber musicians to the San Francisco Peninsula. Gifts to Music@Menlo support the following:

  • Presenting live chamber music performances of the highest artistic quality
  • Shaping the future of the art form by mentoring and training the next generation
  • Providing extensive opportunities for audience engagement with the music and musicians at free, open-access Institute programs, including master classes, Café Conversations, and Institute performances

By becoming a Member with a gift to the Annual Fund or Winter Series, you will also enjoy many benefits that give you additional ways to connect more intimately with the festival’s music, artists, students, and community. Learn more about Music@Menlo’s membership benefits.»


There are two important ways to support Music@Menlo’s mission:

  1. Become a Member by making a gift to the Annual Fund.
  2. Support the Music@Menlo Fund: Initially funded by the Tenth-Anniversary Campaign, the Music@Menlo Fund holds board-designated funds to support Music@Menlo’s long-term financial health and for board-designated special projects. Please contact us to learn more about making a special gift or pledge to the Music@Menlo Fund and to learn about special recognition opportunities.

Make a Gift Today

  • Phone: Please call 650-330-2141. Music@Menlo accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
  • Mail: Send a check made payable to “Menlo School: Music@Menlo” to Music@Menlo, 50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027.

Music@Menlo operates under the fiscal responsibility of Menlo School, a California 501(c)3 not-for-profit public benefit corporation. Menlo School’s tax ID is 94-3204137.

Other Ways to Give

Planned Gifts
Join the Isaac Stern Circle by including Music@Menlo in your estate plans. Planned commitments of support help champion the future of chamber music education and performance. Please speak with us about your specific interests and wishes. Music@Menlo offers many planned-giving options through Menlo School. Please visit the school’s website to learn more, contact Edward Sweeney at 650-330-2030, and talk to your estate planning advisor.

Gifts of Securities
A gift of appreciated stock may offer valuable tax benefits. Please contact your financial advisor for more information.

Employer Matching Gifts
Many local companies (including Google, IBM, Yahoo, Adobe, Oracle, and more) will match the charitable donations of their employees (and sometimes retirees), allowing you to double or triple the impact of your gift. Contact your employer’s human resources department to find out more. Music@Menlo is an eligible 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization.

Corporate Partnerships
The festival will have major expenses in the areas of wine, catering, air travel, lodging, and transportation. While significantly reducing our operating costs, partnerships can also offer promotional opportunities for your business.

In-Kind Gifts
Music@Menlo appreciates in-kind gifts of wine, catering, party decorations, Apple iPads and iPhones, and other items that help offset operations expenses. Please contact the development team to learn more about donating in-kind gifts.

A strong team of friendly, enthusiastic, and hardworking volunteers is always needed to help the festival run smoothly. Learn more.»

Host an Artist
This season, approximately sixty musicians will teach and perform at Music@Menlo, each staying anywhere from three days to four weeks. The festival is committed to housing musicians in private homes. This arrangement is a wonderful way for the local community to connect with world-class artists. If you can offer comfortable, semiprivate quarters with a private bath, you not only will be helping the festival but also will be forming new friendships. Get more information about hosting an artist in your home.

To learn more, please call 650-330-2030 or email


Music@Menlo is made possible by a leadership grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Additional support is provided by Bank of America Private Bank, Koret Foundation Funds, and the many individuals and organizations that share the festival’s vision.