I am writing this letter in concern for the future of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Even though my job has forced me to move out of the area, each year I make my annual contribution to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and my employer matches my contribution. This year I am hesitant to make a contribution to an organization that from all outward appearances seems ready to accept failure, more specifically, a lack of effort on the part of the board of directors.
While the musicians are actively pursuing fund-raising activities and community awareness, the board of directors seem resigned to let the orchestra fail, perhaps to be reorganized as a shadow of its past glory, or perhaps to lose the culture and community service that it has provided entirely. I would expect a responsible board of directors to be beating the bushes for money and organizing fund-raisers. Outside of what the musicians themselves are doing, I see no such activity.
I would imagine that other regular contributors share my concerns about making significant contributions at this time. If we want to save the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, shake up the board. Let's see some action indicating that they have plans for a successful season. Then the hesitant supporters will be more willing to send in the contributions.