Lee Williams Artist Fund

The Lee Williams Artist Fund was created in 2019 to honor the first Executive Director and one of the founders of Lotus, Lee Williams. Lee continues to be passionate about supporting artists in our community and from around the world. This Fund honors his incredible legacy and supports expenses related to working with artists.

Michael Yoakam Legacy

The Michael Yoakam Legacy was created in 2019, in memory of Michael Yoakam, who danced to his own groove at the Lotus Festival. The Michael Yoakam Legacy supports a lively artist every year on the new Michael Yoakam Dance Stage.

Lotus-Fitzgerald Endowment

Established by Michael Fitzgerald and the Fitzgerald Family in 1996, for all future generations to experience cultures from around the world. The endowment has benefited from generous donations from our community and multiple rounds of participation in the Community Foundation’s “Matchstick” Initiative, now with a total fund balance over $722,456. Investment gains from this Endowment are invested back into the Endowment whenever possible, or funds critical needs, as determined by the Lotus Board of Directors.

How to Donate

Since 1994, Lotus has helped make Bloomington, Indiana unique. If you agree that the Lotus experience adds something vital to our community — and to Indiana and beyond — please consider an endowment gift.

Your visionary gift will help make Lotus a permanent part of southern Indiana’s cultural life. Think Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Think music for youth and celebrating cultures from around the world!  Your endowment gift today sustains Lotus for years to come.

  • Make a contribution to the Lotus-Fitzgerald Endowment, Michael Yoakam Legacy, or Lee Williams Artist Fund directly online by using the “Donate” button in the sidebar, and choose your preferred endowment in the drop-down box.
  • Make an endowment contribution by check and write in the memo line. Feel free to contact us at 812-336-6599 for more information.
  • Make a gift of stock or securities – contact us at 812-336-6599 for instructions.
  • Leave a Lotus legacy with a bequest to the Lotus-Fitzgerald Endowment, Michael Yoakam Legacy, or Lee Williams Artist Fund, as part of your planned giving; for more information, visit this page.

You immediately benefit from endowment contributions, because all donations are tax-deductible. And like any investment account, the Endowment Funds will grow!