Lakeside Chautauqua 
December 2015
Generous Hearts across the United States Support Lakeside on #GivingTuesday  
Community support was remarkable for Lakeside Chautauqua's third annual #GivingTuesday initiative on December 1, raising more than $132,000 for the Lakeside Fund. Globally, more than $116 million was given as we celebrated this day of giving back.

Together, we collected $14,000 more in gifts than last year, making #GivingTuesday 2015 a true community effort. More than 140 gifts were received from Lakesiders across 20 U.S. states and 54 Ohio cities in support of Lakeside's mission.  

Primarily, Lakesiders demonstrated their support for teen programming and a youth activity center, with several families stepping up with a collective challenge gift of $55,000, encouraging Lakesiders to give a first-time gift or increase their annual gift on #GivingTuesday. We would like to thank these families and all subsequent donors who shared their love of Lakeside and generous support of Lakeside's youth.  

Throughout the day, Lakesiders shared stories of gratitude, reflected on blessings received, and encouraged one another to give.  

Additionally, gifts were received to support the endowment, storm repairs, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, recreational programming and facilities, the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, religious life programming, education, the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts, Hotel Lakeside, youth group housing and Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile gardens. Gifts were also made in honor or in memory of loved ones.  

Joining the #GivingTuesday movement, more than 13 families and individuals gave back to Lakeside for the very first time. #GivingTuesday gifts also marked 20 or more years of consecutive giving for 30 Lakeside families, and 15 families have been giving for 10 to 19 consecutive years.  

To support the #GivingTuesday initiative, several teens graciously shared their Lakeside stories and memories on our blog, The Front Porch.
Over the past three weeks, 100 teens shared their stories, pictures and comments with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They have talked about their hopes for the future or teen programming, shared what activities they currently participate in, and highlighted the importance of how #GivingTuesday gifts will impact the Lakeside Chautauqua experience for years to come.

Thanks to our social media outreach, which shared the #GivingTuesday hashtag, many individuals may have heard about Lakeside for the first time. On Facebook alone, we reached more than 15,000 individuals leading up to the event.

Regardless of size, each gift given on #GivingTuesday helps to transform lives by providing opportunities for renewal and growth while nurturing mind, body and spirit.
Collectively, these gifts enrich the Lakeside Chautauqua experience for all. We are most grateful for the generosity of the Lakeside community as we celebrate the significant success of #GivingTuesday 2015.
Even though #GivingTuesday has passed, it is not too late to participate in the spirit of giving this holiday season with a gift by the end of the calendar year. All 2015 Lakeside Fund gifts must be received by March 31, 2016, our fiscal year-end.
Please consider giving a gift online or sending a check, made payable to the 'Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,' to: Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440. For more information, contact or (419) 798-5396.
Thank you for your continued support.
In the Spirit of Chautauqua,
Kevin Sibbring
President and CEO
Lakeside Chautauqua  

"My wife and I made a donation to the Lakeside Fund first thing this morning. Great day!"
"Thanks for the wonderful article on Lakeside teen programming. The teens loved the program so much this past summer. Thanks also for choosing this area of Lakeside to fund this year."
"Happy to contribute to a
36-year tradition. We had Mr. Chip visit my daughter's school today - what a great job he did! Lakesiders giving back!"
"A big thank you to everyone so far. 'Let's keep the ball rolling.'"  
"Lakeside has been a part of our family's summer almost annually since 1978. Now, our family includes two sons, one daughter-in-law and seven grandchildren who go to great efforts to get to Lakeside every summer. One family lives in Texas and other in various parts around the world in his Foreign Service Officer work for the U.S. Department of State. They all travel back. That's how important Lakeside is for them."

"My two teens loved the programming last summer. I am so happy that Lakeside is continuing the program."

"We have made our donation to support teen programming and are thrilled to support Lakeside and these important efforts!"

"For #GivingTuesday teen programming and the fine work of the Advancement staff! Keep up the great work."

 "Excited to join #GivingTuesday, and I just donated to the Lakeside Fund."

""I've been working all day, but it looks like you have been, too. We are happy to join in support of youth programming on #GivingTuesday."