​Support the Suzuki Association of Minnesota

​Giving the Gift of Music

​Brighten the lives of others with a gift of music. Accepted donations help fund various musical initiatives, whether it be teacher training or student scholarships, guest clinicians at our Fall Workshop, Pedagogy and Suzuki Principles in Actions classes, or the Statewide Graduation. To help these activities succeed, we need people like you. Click on the boxes below to see how you can give the gift of music to those who need it most. Photos Courtesy of the Suzuki Association of the Americas

Compose a Legacy

​Unrestricted annual giving is vital to the financial strength of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota. Annual gifts sustain SAM’s mission, enhance its educational programs, and maintain outreach to the community. We invite you to become a Member and support the Annual Fund.

If you are interested in designating your gift for a special purpose, please contact Sara Kotrba, President by email or telephone (651) 335-8560.

​Honor or remember someone special to you through a gift to the Suzuki Association of Minnesota. Please send information about the family or person so they can be notified of your thoughtful gift. All honor and memorial gifts are acknowledged in the Suzuki Association of Minnesota programs and website.

If you are interested in designating your gift for a special purpose, please contact Sara Kotrba, President by email or telephone (651) 335-8560.

​Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs setup by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. Employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation and may also give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts. Increase your donation with your company’s matching gift program and you may receive additional benefits. Procedures vary with each company. Typically, individuals must submit forms to their employers. For more information about your matching gift benefits, please contact your employer’s human resources department.
​An endowment gift begins working immediately and retains its value forever. When you give to an endowed fund, the principle of your gift is maintained in perpetuity, while a portion of the income it generates is used to support general operating costs and programming. Your endowment gift can also be designated to support a special purpose.  Funding for programs may support:

Music Teachers – Sponsoring continuing education opportunities and workshops.
Music Students – Recognizing a broad range of learning goals and achievement levels.
Music Listeners – Cultivating attendance for live music events throughout Minnesota.

To be sure that your contribution is a qualified one and that you are able to take full advantage of this as a tax credit, you should consult a professional financial advisor. Please contact Sara Kotrba, President by email or telephone (651) 335-8560 for questions.

​You can make a difference in the future of Suzuki Association of Minnesota by naming the Association as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Planned gifts are an excellent means of diversification, and reducing income and estate taxes. All gifts are eligible for tax deductions as allowable by law. Planned gifts include:

Appreciated Assets – Contribute appreciated assets, such as stocks or real estate.
Existing Life Insurance – Name the SAM as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
Trusts – Include SAM in a charitable trust and/or annuities that provide the donor with a fixed or variable lifetime income
Wills – Designate a fixed amount, specific assets, or percentages of an estate for SAM after all other expenses have been taken. Reduction of estate tax liability may also be available.

The above information is general in nature. Before making any decision, we encourage you to consult with an attorney and/or financial advisor. We truly appreciate your support. Whether you are making a donation yourself or encouraging others to do so, please contact Sara Kotrba, President by email or telephone (651) 335-8560 to ensure your philanthropic intent is recognized.


​The Suzuki Association of Minnesota benefits greatly from the unpaid support of volunteers from the community to work part-time during events throughout the year. To learn more about volunteering for SAM, please email the Association. Studies show that volunteers are happier people:
  • Being generous leads us to perceive others more compassionately; we typically find good qualities in people to whom we are kind
  • Being kind promotes a sense of connection and community with others, which is one of the strongest factors in increasing happiness
  • Being generous helps us appreciate and feel grateful for our own good fortune
  • Being generous boosts our self-image; it helps us feel useful and gives us a way to use our strengths and talents in a meaningful way
  • Being kind can start a chain reaction of positivity; being kind to others may lead them to be grateful and generous to others, who in turn are grateful and kind to others


​Help raise the collective consciousness of our community by becoming a Member today! As a Member you will receive exclusive benefits, including advance notice of special receptions and workshops, invitations to exclusive membership events and a subscription to the newsletter.

Your annual membership provides critical, unrestricted support for a variety of educational programs, workshops, statewide graduation and networking opportunities. By joining the Suzuki Association of Minnesota, you will enjoy an insider’s experience while perpetuating the Suzuki tradition of music in our statewide community. Click Here for more information.

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“Art exists for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, those who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world.” – Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki