Individual Giving

Individual Giving

Donations from opera lovers like you are crucial in helping grow and sustain the highest standards of performance art in this region and ensure the time honored legacy of opera. Individual donations constitute over 40% of our revenue each year. Your donation plays a major role in keeping ticket prices affordable, bringing critically acclaimed performers to Asheville, supporting the future of opera, and much more! In addition to knowing your gift supports the premier opera company in the region, you receive the benefits of your name listed as a thank you in our printed program, invitations to exclusive donor events, email newsletter to stay in touch with the latest happenings, and more! Consider making a donation today, and review the different giving levels below to see where you can make the biggest impact.

Director’s Circle ($10,000 +)
Aria Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)
President’s Circle ($1,000 – $4,999)
Golden Angel ($600 – $999)
Angels ($300 – $599)
Partners ($100 – $299)
Friends ($1 – $100)

Join the Moffatt Endowment Society program

This program has been established to recognize those who have included the Asheville Lyric Opera in their estate plans. The Endowment Program is designed to ensure the Asheville Lyric Opera long term vitality. You may contribute through your will, by naming Asheville Lyric Opera as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan, or by making a distribution from a living trust. Dr. Moffatt, our founding president, inspired the philanthropic tradition when he helped start this company. Please contact our office at 828-236-0670, and we will be happy discuss your passion for opera in Asheville, North Carolina.


Designate your gift as:

Named Sponsorship

Why not directly support a performer or the artistic staff? Leading roles for any performance cost $2,000 for fees and accommodations, while the Opera Director and Conductor are $3,000 & $3,500 respectfully. Have your name listed in the program insert and email newsletter as sponsoring an infamous leading-cast member or critically-acclaimed international conductor! Call General Director, David C. Starkey, to discuss sponsorship options at 828-236-0670.

Honorary/ Memorial Gift

Celebrate and honor someone special by making your donation to ALO in their name. This is a wonderful way to honor family, friends, or colleagues and their love for opera. You will receive a tax receipt and ALO will notify the honoree of your thoughtful gift.

Remember a family member, friend, or colleague who loved opera during their lifetime by making a gift in that person’s memory. You will receive a tax receipt, and, at your request, we will write to family and friends telling them of your thoughtful gift to ALO in memory of their loved one.


How to Give



To mail in your gift, click here to download a printable donation form.
Please mail forms to: Asheville Lyric Opera, PO Box 3316, Asheville, NC  28802


Please call us at (828) 236-0670 to contribute.

Ways to Give

Planned Giving:  Make a planned gift contribution and join the Moffatt Endowment Society (see above).  There are many options for planned giving that will benefit both you and ALO.  You should contact your estate advisor for assistance with this type of contribution.

Matching Gifts: A matching gift can increase your donation to Asheville Lyric Opera. You can offer a challenge or matching gift that leverages your investment by calling upon other potential donors (perhaps who you know) to join you in the matching gift.  Or perhaps your employer and company participates in a matching gift program.  To find out if your company participates, please contact your human resources professional.  With a matching gift, ALO receives additional support at no cost to you.

Gifts of Real Property:  Contribute a gift of real property by either bequest of lifetime transfer and realize significant tax benefits.  You should contact your financial advisor for assistance with this type of contribution.

Stocks & Gifts of Appreciate Assets:  A gift of long-term appreciated assets allows you to realize tax savings on both income and capital gains tax.  You get a charitable deduction on the full fair market value of the gift, and save on capital gains tax if you sold the asset.  Gifts of appreciated assets are deductible.


For assistance in managing your donation, contact:

Sheila Christofalos

Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

2377 Hendersonville Road

Arden, NC 28704