Ways to Give

Ticket sales cover less than 25% of Piedmont Opera’s annual operating expenses, so we rely on the tremendous generosity of our donors to sustain our artistic excellence. Your gift provides support to help us maintain world-class operatic performances, and serve the community with innovative education programs and performances year round.

Please consider giving to the Annual Fund, becoming a Corporate and Public Partner, or joining The Encore Society for Planned Giving. You may make a one-time gift or a monthly or quarterly recurring gift to help sustain the company by clicking the button below.

Corporate Partnership

Piedmont Opera offers an exciting and diverse selection of corporate sponsorship opportunities designed to give your company the maximum return on investment. Whether your goal is marketing visibility, building brand awareness, providing client entertainment opportunities, employee engagement or philanthropic investment while promoting accessibility and diversity in the arts, Piedmont Opera has it all! 

Find out how your company can join its corporate colleagues in supporting one of the region’s leading opera companies. the arts, we can provide you with a broad range of opportunities. Corporate sponsorship is a great way to make a lasting impression while supporting the Greater Triad community and re-enforcing Winston-Salem’s reputation as The City of Arts and Innovation.

Corporate Matching Gifts

If your company has a matching gift program, please complete the matching gift form available through your company’s personnel office with the following information and send it to Piedmont Opera.

Piedmont Opera
Tax ID:59-1743689

Attn: Jen Rimes


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Individual Giving

Did you know that ticket sales cover only 25% of what it takes to bring you Piedmont Opera’s extraordinary productions? We rely on donations from patrons like you to meet the full cost of presenting opera. When you contribute to the Annual Fund or make a Planned Gift, your donation allows us to stage opera of the highest quality that you and our audience have come to expect. Donate more than $1,000 per year and become a member of the Norman Johnson Society and receive exclusive opportunities to engage in opera!

Endowment Giving

Why Endowment Matters – Endowment donations are investments in Piedmont Opera’s future… an opportunity to invest in our long term goals, in perpetuity. What makes endowment gifts important is their permanence. Through wise investment and stewardship, these gifts maintain their purchasing power year after year. Please contact our office for information about endowment giving at 336.725.7101.

The Facts

What is an endowment?
An endowment is made up of gifts and bequests, with the principal kept intact in perpetuity and invested to create a growing source of income. Piedmont Opera’s endowments are comprised of funds contributed by donors over time. The endowment grows through additional gifts, income, and capital appreciation.

Who oversees Piedmont Opera’s endowments?
Piedmont Opera currently has two endowment funds our supporters can invest in. There is the Norman Johnson Endowment for Piedmont Opera through the Winston-Salem Foundation and the Frank and Susan Dickerson Fund for Piedmont Opera through the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The Board of Directors maintains fiduciary responsibility for the company’s endowments, with the Finance Committee overseeing investment strategy. The committee is made up of professionals who have knowledge of financial markets and the best long term interests of Piedmont Opera in mind.

What are our investment objectives?
Piedmont Opera seeks to achieve a competitive total return on its endowment assets to meet our annual income requirements and at the same time generate long-term growth of the endowments.

How to contribute to our endowments?
All gifts to our endowment funds should be made directly to Piedmont Opera who would submit the donations to either the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County or the Winston-Salem Foundation. For inquiries, please contact our office at 336.725.1701.

Other Ways to Give

Designated Giving

Are you passionate about keeping the arts in the school systems? Would you like to sponsor a soprano? Piedmont Opera will work with you to help match your donation with your area of interest.

In Kind Donations

You can also support Piedmont Opera through a non-cash donation. Below are items and services that would be of great use to the company. And we are more than happy to exchange promotional opportunities for your gifts. These items can be donated to Piedmont Opera as a tax-deductible gift in-kind. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, contact Piedmont Opera at 336.725.7101

  • Car/Truck Rental

  • Airline Miles

  • Vehicle Donations

  • Housing options for cast members

Friends of Education

Piedmont Opera is dedicated to taking a leadership role in artistic training, arts education, and audience development in the Greater Piedmont Triad. We invite our patrons and donors to become engaged in supporting our traveling opera that is in conjunction with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. Your gift—at any level—helps the Company keep opera in the schools. Piedmont Opera and the A.J. Opera Institute travel to schools across North Carolina to give students a taste of opera while teaching important moral lessons. The opera is performed by graduate level students at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Students are working on professional degrees in opera and many of them have performed with professional opera companies throughout the United States. The cost of this performance is $150 per performance. To sponsor a school, please contact Piedmont Opera.

Be An Opera Star

Piedmont Opera’s Star giving program is a convenient and affordable way to express your passion for opera. By making a regular monthly gift, you support the magic onstage and offstage. The flexibility of this program makes it easy to make an impact according to what works best for you.

Memorial or Honorarium Donations

Piedmont Opera can create Memorial and Tribute funds for patrons who wish to make donations in honor or in memory of someone special. Gifts can be given for any special occasion including birthdays, holidays, or anniversaries, or in memory of those who have passed away.

Amazon Smiles Program

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your local opera company, Piedmont Opera. Every time you shop, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase back to the company at no cost to you. Eligible purchases are delineated on the product detail pages when shopping and include tens of millions of products. To support shop in support of PO, simply go to www.smile.amazon.com. Once there, sign-in to your regular Amazon account. On the page that says, “Select a Charitable Organization to Start Shopping,” search Piedmont Opera Theatre, Inc.. You may then select Piedmont Opera to begin supporting us through AmazonSmile!