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 Giannini Society

Giannini Society


The Giannini Society is a prominent group of individual donors who support the School of the Arts annually with a leadership gift of $1,500 or more. These contributions provide a dynamic source of financial support that enables UNCSA to continue its core annual programs and initiatives, including scholarships and guest artists. Donors at this level enjoy a host of special benefits such as donor recognition, guest passes to student performances, and invitations to exclusive events, ranging from behind-the-scenes tours of facilities and productions to intimate gatherings hosted by Chancellor Lindsay Bierman at his residence.

Gift levels and benefits of the Giannini Society are:

Giannini Society Member:
Unrestricted gift of $1,500
($1,452 tax deductible*)

  • Guest pass for four to a UNCSA performance ($48 value to donors, certain restrictions apply)
  • Exclusive Giannini Society events featuring students, deans and faculty
  • Personalized behind-the-scenes campus tour
  • Annual mailing of the Performance Calendar
  • Recognition in the Annual Report

Giannini Society Performer:
Unrestricted gift of $2,500
 ($2,452 tax deductible*)

  • All of the Giannini Member benefits listed above, plus additional special benefits:
  • Invitation to exclusive trips and activities
  • Opportunity to view one dress rehearsal or one master class
  • Invitation to “Kenan Encounters” at the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts


Giannini Society Director:
 Unrestricted gift of $5,000                                                                                                    
 ($4,952 tax deductible*)

  • All of the benefits of a Giannini Member and Performer listed above, plus:
  • Invitation to special student performances
  • Advanced notice and booking opportunity for special Giannini Society trips


Giannini Society Producer:
Unrestricted gift of $10,000 ($9,852 tax deductible*)

  • All the Giannini Member, Performer, and Director benefits listed above, plus:
  • Opportunity to have a free one-hour student or student group performance in your home ($100 value to donor)
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of a UNCSA production


Chancellor’s Circle:
Unrestricted gift of $25,000+ ($24,852 tax-deductible*)

Help the Chancellor take the school to the next level of performance.

  • All Giannini Society benefits listed above, plus:
  • Invitation to an annual intimate dinner with the Chancellor and his wife
  • Join the Chancellor backstage for professional and student productions
  • Invitation to special events with the Chancellor and his wife along with special guests
  • Receive a One-Pass Card for anytime access to the school cafeteria for lunch and a dose of pure optimism with the students

*Donors may waive, in writing, benefits that reduce tax deductibility at the time their gift is made.


For more information about the Giannini Society, please contact the Office of Advancement at 336-770-3330. To download a gift or pledge form, please click here.