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Planned Giving

The Bertha Walburn Clark Society

For friends of the KSO who have included the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in their estate plans.


TThe founder and first conductor of the Knoxville Symphony was Bertha Walburn Clark, a handsome, snowy-haired woman who was a cultural force in Knoxville for nearly 70 years. 

Mrs. Clark believed that music was “as vital to a community as the flow of commerce” and she worked tirelessly to build the KSO.  Nearly 75 years after Mrs. Clark founded her Orchestra, the institution has named its planned giving society in her honor.  Mrs. Clark had the vision to build a great orchestra for Knoxville and we seek to continue building that ensemble while securing its place in our community well in to the next 75 years.

More than 80 percent of Americans contribute to the nonprofit groups of their choice throughout their lifetimes. But according to research conducted in 2000, only around eight percent of people chose to continue this support through a charitable bequest. By making bequests and other "planned gifts," you can continue to help organizations that are making an important difference in East Tennessee.

The Bertha Walburn Clark Society recognizes those who have provided for the KSO in their wills or estate plans.  Society members are committed to ensuring the future of the KSO and at the same time providing for future generations.  If you would like to join this dedicated group of supporters, please contact KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford at 865-521-2300.  If you have already named the KSO in your estate plans, please let us know so we may thank you.