When you contribute to Birch Creek, your gift touches and often helps change the lives of promising young musicians. You may be inspired to give because music has personally graced your life and you want to pass the gift along. You may give to celebrate, honor, or memorialize the life of someone you love. You may give an annual gift or through a matching program with your employer. You may want to include a bequest in your will or a deferred gift in your estate planning.

We introduce you to the many ways your gifts can help Birch Creek remain strong:



The support of our donors helps us continue to fulfill our mission: to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

The Play It Forward Annual Fund, previously known as Birchfellows, is the organization’s annual fund used for operational expenses and is the fund that bridges the gap between tuition paid by families and the true cost of program delivery. Did you know that every student automatically receives $2,760 in reduced tuition because of your support to this annual fund?

Actual Cost of a Student’s Education: $4,860

Play It Forward Support: $2,760

Student/Family’s Cost: $2,100

We want to ensure that our tuition fees are affordable to most families by covering the gap between the cost of educating a Birch Creek student and the family’s out-of-pocket costs, while also raising additional tuition assistance dollars to help those for whom even our subsidized tuition is a challenge.


Leadership Circle: $10,000 and above

Director’s Circle: $2,500 to $9,999

Faculty Circle: $1,000 to $2,499

Encore: $250 to $999

Mentor’s Circle: $100 to $249

Bravo: $1 to $99



A Lifetime Of Music Begins With You

The Endowment Program establishes a firm financial base that ensures the stability of Birch Creek and its services to young musicians and to the community long into the future. Four funds in our Endowment have been established with and managed by the Door County Community Foundation. They are: Now and Forever Fund To supplement donations for general operations made through Birchfellows appeals three times annually. Scholarships Forever Fund To augment annual gifts to the Play It Forward Annual Fund Lifetime Education Fund To support essential educational components such as faculty salaries, musical instruments, library acquisitions, and guest artist fees. Building for Tomorrow Fund To supplement annual donations for capital expenditures. Donors may contribute any amount to establish their own sub-fund. The donor’s principal is not touched and can accrue over time. In order to generate revenue for annual services and receive accompanying benefits, the following fund values are required: Gifts of Stock Birch Creek also accept gifts of stock that may be designated to an Endowment Fund or assist directly with Birchfellows Annual Operations. Please call Birch Creek at (920) 868-3763 for more information.



Support Birch Creek’s Campus

Over the last three years several exciting projects were initiated and completed that updated and stabilized the infrastructure of our campus. This effort required multiple grantors and donors to help us reach our goals. Their support helped us overcome infrastructure inefficiencies while continuing to provide a safe environment for our students and the public.

Projects include:

  • Rebuilding the barn’s North upper wall
  • New theater stage lighting in the concert barn
  • Upgrading electrical service and burying power lines
  • Bringing high speed internet to the property for business operations and instruction
  • Installing a campus master keying system
  • Purchase and installing a new generator
  • Renovate living quarters with a full bathroom in the upper granary
  • Measuring room acoustics and building acoustic bistro tables and window seats to enhance sound absorption in Juniper Hall
  • A new well to provide back up to a 50 year old well
  • Migration of all business operations to the Cloud
  • Redesign of the organization’s website
  • Provide the equipment and technology to Live Stream concert videos to parents

Your support is essential and critical! Become a part of keeping the magic alive in the barn and all over campus. Just choose Infrastructure Projects from the drop-down menu on our Donate page, or note infrastructure on your check. At any time, you may call at (920) 868-3763 for ways to help.

Then … wait for the changes to begin!



Guardians of the Future

The Legacy Circle was created to help guarantee Birch Creek’s financial stability far into the future. A planned gift is a resource upon which Birch Creek can rely for years to come. Large and small, these gifts are vital to the success of Birch Creek’s future. Many donors have found that time spent considering what to give, as well as when and how to structure their contributions, can help them make more meaningful gifts while meeting personal planning goals as well.

“I have placed Birch Creek in my will.”

For more than fifteen years, Door County resident Charlotte Lukes has demonstrated her close involvement with –and commitment to – Birch Creek through estate planning that will continue her support of Birch Creek in the future.

Many Birch Creek donors utilize one or more of the following planning options:

  • Will Bequests
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
  • Retirement Packages
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Gifts of Real Estate

Please call Birch Creek at (920) 868-3763 for more information.