A year after its 2013 merger, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera had effectively ceased operations. With no performances scheduled, a depleted staff, and few funds remaining against a massive debt, an exhausted board was faced with the toughest question imaginable: is it time to declare bankruptcy and close forever? 

The organization made the ambitious decision to persevere, and through bold and imaginative focus, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera recovered financially and charted a new artistic course by immersing itself in the community. 

Between 2015 and 2018, the organization has moved from near-insolvency to stability, while expanding its artistic commitment to the Sacramento community. Attendance and fundraising during this period are at all-time highs. The musicians and staff are highly engaged both on the stage and throughout the community, and the organization is preparing for its next phase of success. 




Through an RSC partnership, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera’s Annual Fund grew from just over $400,000 in 2014 to now over $1,000,000 in 2018. The number of annual donors has doubled over this same period and is poised for additional growth. With continued coaching from RSC, the organization recently launched a multi-million-dollar Major Gift Initiative that will address long-term sustainability.


What the client said

“At the beginning of our recovery in 2014-15, RSC was part of a larger advisory team that addressed a multitude of issues at the Sac Phil & Opera,” explained Executive Director, Alice Sauro. “RSC continues to be a valued partner that provides the balance of fundamentals and innovation necessary for our continued philanthropic growth. They are outstanding partners, and an integral part of our fundraising success.”


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