Endowments play a vital role in advancing our mission, providing financial support and stability to ensure a bright and lasting future for OBF.

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 OBF, so the endowments can continue to appreciate over time.

Helmuth Rilling Endowment

Named after Maestro Helmuth Rilling, who co-founded OBF and who now serves as director emeritus, this endowment primarily supports artistic and educational programming and guarantees Rilling’s extraordinary legacy.

Saltzman Sustaining Endowment

Named after Royce Saltzman, founding executive director, 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 Oregon Bach Festival.

Saltzman Scholarship Endowment

The Phyllis and Royce Saltzman Scholarship Fund is an endowment to support scholarships for 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 two 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 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. Gifts of certain levels offer naming opportunities. To make a gift or to learn more, contact Gretchen Farrar at gfarrar@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-1324.