Why Give

Our donors have a tremendous impact on the success of Montalvo’s mission to provide relevant, cutting-edge arts programs and education opportunities to our community. An annual gift (starting at $9/month or $100/year) not only furthers our mission but also enhances your arts experience through special perks and donor events that allow you to enjoy and share your passion Montalvo with other fans. However, please know that a gift of any size is truly appreciated and makes a difference!

All gifts are tax-deductible and can also be paid in periodic installments throughout the course of the year. Montalvo’s Federal Tax ID# is 94-1249283.

Donor Benefits

A donation is a gift that gives back.

Donor benefits include:

  • Advance ticket ordering privileges (by donor level)
  • Invitations to special receptions prior to certain Carriage House shows and opening nights at Play on the Grounds
  • Instant waitlist priority before the public to performances, camps, and classes
  • Free admission to Open Access events ($10 for the public) …and more!

Matching Gifts

Some employers offer gift matching programs for employees who donate to certain nonprofits. Please contact your HR department to find out if your gift will be matched. Submit the signed paperwork with your gift, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Carriage House Performing Arts Series Benefits

Pre-show Receptions:

At some performances during each season, donors and their guests are invited to special pre-show receptions. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and the company of your fellow concert-lovers in the historic Villa, then make your way to the theatre for the show!


  • Stay tuned for pre-show reception schedule for our 2024–2025 Carriage House season!

Carriage House Season Presale Information:

Montalvo donors get special presale privileges before the public onsale every year when we announce our Carriage House Performing Arts Series. The presale is tiered, so the more you give, the quicker you’ll be able to purchase.

Donor Levels

A personal relationship with Montalvo that only a donor can enjoy.

$100 – Advocate
  • Advance ticket ordering privileges (by donor level)
  • Instant waitlist priority before non-members to Carriage House concerts, camps, and classes
  • Invitation for two to select pre-concert receptions
  • Invitation for two to receptions prior to Play on the Grounds opening nights
  • Complimentary tours of the Historic Villa for donor and one guest
  • Free admission and complimentary wine to Open Access events
$250 – Steward

All the benefits of the Advocate level, plus –

  • Discounts on Carriage House Concert tickets
  • Two complimentary wine or beverage vouchers for use at any Montalvo event serving drinks
$500 – Collaborator

All the benefits of the Steward level, plus –

  • Invitation to an annual Donor Appreciation party at the Villa
$1,000 – Visionary

All the benefits of the Collaborator level, plus –

  • Invitations to local art trips (ArtVentures)
  • Recognition on Montalvo’s Carriage House Pavilion marquee
$2,500+ Donor Levels

The Director’s Circles

In addition to the benefits described above, the Director’s Circle patron levels have been designed to intimately acquaint you with Montalvo and involve you in a personalized arts immersion experience through exclusive events, dinners in the homes of Trustees and at Montalvo’s Residency, opportunities for personal artist interaction, and distinguished art trips abroad with those who share your passion for the arts.

$2,500 – Villa Circle

All the benefits of the Visionary level, plus –

  • Exclusive Residency studio tour followed by a dinner prepared by Montalvo’s Chef
  • Exclusive Director’s Circle appreciation party
$5,000 – Artist Circle

All the benefits of the Villa Circle level, plus –

  • Complimentary VIP parking at all Carriage House Performing Arts Series shows
  • Invitation to a national ArtVenture trip
$10,000 – Creative Circle

All the benefits of the Artist Circle level, plus –

  • Annual Creative Circle Party invitation
  • Invitation to travel on an International ArtVenture trip
  • Invitation to an annual holiday party at the home of the Executive Director
$15,000 – Garden Circle

All the benefits of the Creative Circle level, plus –

  • Exclusive lunch for four with the Executive Director in the Villa
  • Invitation to join select “meet and greet” receptions with certain artists
$25,000 – Program Partner

All the benefits of the Garden Circle level, plus –

  • Villa/facilities rental discounts at Montalvo (based on availability)
  • Special signage recognition
Other Ways to Give

More options to help support Montalvo Arts Center. 

Planned Giving: The Griffin Society

The Griffin Society recognizes those who include Montalvo Arts Center in their estate plans. In so doing, like griffins, our Griffin Society donors become guardians of the future of Silicon Valley’s most important cultural, educational, and historic asset. Your commitment, no matter the size of your gift, will ensure that all of Montalvo’s treasures will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Planned gifts can offer significant tax advantages and in some cases generate lifetime income for you or your chosen beneficiary. You determine the amount, nature, and purpose of your gift to Montalvo. You may choose to disclose the amount of not. Regardless of the amount, your contribution and your membership in the Griffin Society mark a lasting commitment to Montalvo’s charitable purposes.

Benefits of membership in the Griffin Society include invitations to an annual recognition event and other gatherings and donor recognition on Montalvo’s Donor Wall and other donor listings. Your legacy will help us to preserve our Villa and its magnificent 175-acre grounds, continue an inspiring variety of art programs, and enrich the lives of Silicon Valley residents.

Planned gifts can be made using a range of methods:

  • Bequests
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Real Estate
  • Retirement Plans
  • Life Insurance Policies

Griffin Society gifts strengthen Montalvo as it continues to serve as an oasis of culture and nature in Silicon Valley, now and in the years to come. Your legacy will help us to preserve our Villa and its magnificent 175-acre grounds, continue an inspiring variety of art programs, and enrich the lives of Silicon Valley residents.

We invite you to join the Griffin Society and to become a part of Montalvo Arts Center’s Future. Your commitment, no matter the size of your gift, will ensure that all of Montalvo’s treasures will be enjoyed for generations to come.

In-Kind Giving

There are many ways to give to Montalvo, including in-kind gifts. These can be as valuable to us as cash, and they are also fully tax-deductible.

For more information on other ways to give, please contact give@montalvoarts.org.

Donor Events

Upcoming exclusive donor events at Montalvo

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Donor Privacy Policy

Montalvo values the protection of donor privacy, and as such, is committed to the following policywith regard to the collection and use of donor information:

Montalvo does not sell, trade, rent or share donor contact information (including but not limited to mailing addresses, telephone numbers or e-mail addresses) to any third party.

Montalvo uses contact information of donors for completing a transaction, distributing receipts and thank-you letters, providing information about news and upcoming events, reporting to government agencies (when required by law) and for internal record-keeping purposes only.

Montalvo, upon request, will delete a donor’s name from Montalvo’s solicitation and mailing lists.

Montalvo provides all donors the option to be listed as “anonymous” in any of its fundraising publicity and promotional pieces.