Your generosity to the Viola da Gamba Society of America will help us maintain and expand our resources and programs. We need your participation so that the community of viol players can continue to grow and flourish. VdGSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for details. VdGSA does not share donor information.

Donations may take a variety of forms, listed below. For all types of donations, including planned giving, questions and comments may be directed to the VdGSA treasurer, Tracy Hoover. Monetary gifts may be unrestricted or designated for a particular program.

Types of Gifts

  • Monetary (includes securities)
  • Instruments and bows
  • Planned giving and bequests
  • Sheet music
  • Extensive CD collections
  • Miscellaneous (e.g., items that might benefit VdGSA via auction or other means)

Options for Designating your Monetary Gift

  • Grants-in-Aid Endowment
  • Conclave Scholarship Fund
  • Conclave Endowment Fund
  • Unrestricted

You can use your credit card to donate via our Secure On-line Donations Page or you can send a check to our treasurer:

Tracy Hoover, Treasurer
PO Box 582628
Minneapolis, MN 55458-2628
Phone: 1-855-VIOL-415 (1-855-846-5415)

Brief Descriptions of Programs and Funds:

The Grants-in-aid Endowment: This program supports the mission of the VdGSA and is open to student or regular members of the Society. It provides significant stipends to offset costs of participating in workshops, master classes or competitions; help purchase instruments; hone teaching skills; initiate programs for beginning viol players; develop outreach activities; and encourage instrument maker initiatives. Our endowment now stands at $86,000, and we are actively managing this fund in order to ensure investment returns cover a significant portion of the grants awarded.

The Conclave Scholarship Fund: The Society provides work scholarships at Conclave in the form of tuition remission. Your gift to this fund helps keep the experience of Conclave affordable to all.

The Conclave Endowment Fund: Conclave is consistently noted as the Society's most important program. However, over the past decade, sharp rises in travel costs and venue charges have threatened the stability of our fee structure and limited what we can pay faculty and offer in scholarship aid. To address these needs, the Board has established a Conclave Endowment Fund. You can find more information on this program here.

Viol and Bow Donations: If you would like to donate a viol to the VdGSA, please follow the procedure here. Please fill out a Viol Donation Form for each donated viol. Donations of bows and cases, whether separate or part of a 'package', can utilize the same form. Information on shipping viols can be obtained here.

Make known your wishes for your viol: If you're not ready to donate your viol yet, you can still make known your wishes for the future disposition of your instrument. Download this document and place it in your viol case now.