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Why Support The Huntington?

You make all that we do possible. Ticket income covers only half of The Huntington’s annual operating expenses. Your generosity supports all that we do, both onstage and off.

Your gift:

  • Creates world-class productions
  • Enables the support of new play development
  • Champions local theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
  • Sustains nationally recognized education and community programs

Tax Deductibility Information:

Your gift is deductible for federal income tax purposes in the amount that exceeds goods and services provided. The estimated fair market value of the benefits offered at each giving level are as follows:

Gifts $1 – $499 = $0
Gifts $500 – $999 = $20
Gifts $1,000 – $4,999 = $40
Gifts $5,000+ = $80

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Ways To Give

Giving is easy, and there’s more than one way to make your gift to The Huntington!

Ticket income only covers half of The Huntington’s annual operating expenses, so donor support is critical to The Huntington. 43% of our overall operating budget goes towards our Artistic and Production programming. Your gift directly supports keeping the magic of theatre alive by producing world-class theatre and supporting artists, playwrights, actors, directors, and more!

Supporter ($100 – $249)

Your gift: Purchases scripts for the Codman Academy Summer Theatre Institute.
Your Benefits: Pre-sale ticket offers and discounts throughout the season.

For more information or to join the Supporters Circle, please contact Brook Holladay, Associate Director of Individual Giving, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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Contributing Supporter ($250 – $499)

Your gift: Provides discounted season tickets for a low-income theatergoer.
Your Benefits: Name recognition in season program books by gift level.

For more information or to join the Supporters Circle, please contact Brook Holladay, Associate Director of Individual Giving, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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Sustaining Supporter ($500 – $999)

Your gift: Supplies thread and buttons for all the costumes in a season.
Your Benefits:  Two concession vouchers, which can each be redeemed for any complimentary concession item.

For more information or to join the Supporters Circle, please contact Brook Holladay, Associate Director of Individual Giving, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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The Huntington provides first-class facilities and audience services at significantly subsidized rates to dozens of organizations each year, including some of Boston’s most exciting small and mid-sized theatre companies. The Huntington subsidizes these costs by $400,000 annually, adding an invaluable resource to our community and helping to keep the arts thriving in our region.

Patron ($1,000 – $2,499)

Your gift: Sends three classes, 90 students total, to a student matinee performance.
Your Benefits: Four concessions vouchers, which can each be redeemed for any complimentary concessions item. Name recognition in the digital State of the Arts donor newsletter.

For more information or to join the Patron Circle, please contact Celina Valadao, Major Gifts Officer, at 617-273-1536, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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Preferred Patron ($2,500 – $4,999)

Your gift: Provides American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or open captioning for a performance.
Your Benefits: Concierge ticketing service and access to VIP seating for Huntington productions; waived ticket and subscription handling fees.

For more information or to join the Patron Circle, please contact Celina Valadao, Major Gifts Officer, at 617-273-1536, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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Premier Patron ($5,000 – $9,999)

Your gift: Helps provide 10,000 free tickets for community members, supporting low-income families and individuals.
Your Benefits: One PatronPass entitling you and your guest(s) to complimentary refreshments at our theatres throughout the season and concierge ticketing service for London, New York, and other major US cities.

For more information or to join the Patron Circle, please contact Celina Valadao, Major Gifts Officer, at 617-273-1536, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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One of the most extensive and admired programs in the country, The Huntington’s Education Department serves more than 30,000 students, teachers, and community organizations each year. Every $10,000 we raise allows 250 students to gain access to our programs and our extraordinary team of education staff.

Benefactor Patron ($10,000 – $24,999)

Your gift: Covers the cost of one week of rehearsals for a new Huntington production.
Your Benefits: One Opening Night pre-show reception and after party of your choice for two people (cost of dinner and performance ticket not included); access to the exclusive Annual London Theatre Tour with Huntington leadership (travel, tickets, and accommodations not included).

For more information or to join the Benefactor Patrons Circle, please contact Jessica Morrison, Director of Development, at 617-273-1651, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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Silver Benefactor Patron ($25,000 – $49,999)

Your gift: Supports the entire six-week Summer Theatre Institute student program.
Your Benefits: Invitations to Opening Night pre-show receptions and after parties throughout the season for two people (cost of dinner and performance ticket not included); access to intimate meet and greets with actors and creative teams at first rehearsals throughout the season.

For more information or to join the Benefactor Patrons Circle, please contact Jessica Morrison, Director of Development, at 617-273-1651, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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Gold Benefactor Patron ($50,000 – $99,999) & Grand Benefactor Patron ($100,000+)

Your gift: Offers student matinee tickets to The Huntington’s shows for a FULL YEAR to Boston area students AND SO MUCH MORE! Thank you!
Your Benefits: For extraordinary support at this level, The Huntington will provide bespoke benefits tailored to your interests.

For more information or to join the Benefactor Patrons Circle, please contact Jessica Morrison, Director of Development, at 617-273-1651, or click the button below to give online and start enjoying your benefits right away.

 

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The Hunt is The Huntington’s young donor group, comprised of members who want to engage in a deeper, more meaningful way with local theatre.

Join The Hunt

Membership is open to young patrons who make a gift of any size to the annual fund – perks include:

  • Behind-the-scenes access, including intimate talks with the artists and backstage tours
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year, including the annual Take a Bow reception, the Theatre Craft series, and all HYPE events
  • Opportunities to get involved with our education and community programs
  • Insider info and exclusive deals, like our $250 Hunt ticket to the annual Spotlight Gala
  • The chance to network with other young, philanthropic patrons and members of Huntington staff and Board

Donate today to make an impact – and get exclusive member benefits!

For more information or to join the Hunt, contact Brook Holladay at 617-273-1522 or bholladay@huntingtontheatre.org.

 

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Make a special philanthropic gift to fund our beautiful new seats, a signature element of the historic theatre renovation. In appreciation of your generosity, The Huntington will recognize your gift on a name plaque on the armrest of a seat or seats in the revitalized theatre.

Inscription Options

Your inscription can be meaningful, celebratory, poetic, or humorous.

Plaques can feature:

  • Your name(s)
  • The name of a child or grandchild
  • The name of someone you wish to honor or remember
  • A commemorative date or special anniversary
  • A favorite short quote or saying

Maximum available text space is 3 rows of 40 characters each.

Gift Levels

Please note: Named seat requests will be filled in the order received. The seat you name does not indicate your seating location when attending a performance. Name plaques will remain for the duration of the usable life of the new seats. The Huntington Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Payment may be made as a one-time gift, pledged as installments for up to three years, or paid monthly for up to 36 months. If you wish to contribute through a donor advised fund, please call 617-273-1568.

Click here to make your gift securely online.

For questions, please call 617-273-1568.

Seats Campaign Spokespeople

Karen Holmes Ward, Host of WCVB’s CityLine

Joyce Kulhawik,  Emmy Award-winning A & E Critic | JoycesChoices.com

Co-Chairs:
Nancy Adams, Annie Hall, and Kate Taylor
Photos: Kathy Wittman / ballsquarefilms.com

The Corporate Sponsor Program supports one of Boston’s most vital cultural institutions, providing critical operating support for the Huntington’s work onstage and in the community, including Youth, Education, and Community Outreach programs that engage over 36,000 teens and underserved adults each season.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits
  • Season-long recognition in the Huntington’s program book viewed by 130,000 audience members each year
  • Ticket access and discounts for your employees
  • VIP ticket assistance at the Huntington and other theatres in Boston, New York, and beyond
  • Tree tickets that can be used by the charity of your choice
  • Other customizable benefits based on your giving level and corporate needs.

For more information or to join, contact Jessica Morrison, Director of Development,  at 617-273-1651.

Corporate, Foundation, and Government Partners

The Huntington Theatre Company is grateful for the support of a wide range of corporations, foundations, and government agencies. This support is vital in sustaining annual operations, including our award-winning productions and Youth, Education, and Community initiatives.

Executive Season Producers
($100,000 and above)
The Barr Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Shubert FoundationSeason Co-Producers
($50,000 – $99,999)
Hershey Family Foundation
Liberty Mutual Foundation**
Mabel Louise Riley Foundation**
Play on Shakespeare
Richard K. Lubin Family FoundationProduction Sponsors
($25,000 – $49,999)
The Directors Philanthropy Trust
Massachusetts Office of Travel and TourismBenefactors
($15,000 – $24,999)
Boston Arts Summer Institute**
Kingsbury Road Charitable Foundation**
Lucy R. Sprague Memorial Fund**
Mary W. Harriman Foundation
Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation
Schrafft Charitable Trust**
Patrons
($10,000 – $14,999)
The Howard and Katherine Aibel Family Foundation
Edvestors & the Fund for NonProfit Partnerships**
MEDITECH
Tiny Tiger Foundation
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Worldwide**Supporters
($5,000 – $9,999)
Eastern Bank Foundation**
Roy A. Hunt Foundation**
Peter and Deborah Lamm Foundation
Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation**
Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable FoundationMembers
($2,500 – $4,999)
Poetry Foundation**
William Rosenberg Family FoundationThank You to our In-Kind Contributors
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP
High Output
MAX Ultimate Food
Noble Ford Productions
Theatre Development Fund

**Education & community programs donor

 As of May 14, 2024

Governmental Support

Bequest gifts and other planned gifts provide The Huntington with financial sustainability and the vital support to produce great theatre and impact lives through our award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives. Planned gifts will ensure our ability to pursue ambitious artistic projects, expansive collaborations, robust education programs, and community activation.

Bequest

One of the simplest ways to remember The Huntington in your estate plans is through your will or trust. You can designate a specific asset, amount of money, or percentage to The Huntington using language such as:

“I give and bequeath to The Huntington Theatre Company, Inc., 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, the sum of $________(or a description of the specific asset), or ____% of the residue of my estate (or trust) after debts and expenses for the benefit of The Huntington and its general purposes.”

To learn more please contact Celina Valadao at 617-273-1536 or  cvaladao@huntingtontheatre.org

Retirement Plan

Designating all or part of what remains of your retirement plan after your death can be a tax-efficient way to make a gift to The Huntington. Since IRAs and 401(k) plans are usually funded with untaxed dollars, they are subject to income tax as well as estate tax. As a nonprofit organization, The Huntington would receive your gift tax-free.

Making a gift from your IRA or 401(k) can be as simple as logging into your plan’s website and designating The Huntington as a beneficiary in the Beneficiary Designation area. You can also request a form from your plan administrator and name The Huntington as a beneficiary.

To learn more please contact Celina Valadao at 617-273-1536 or  cvaladao@huntingtontheatre.org

Life Insurance Policy

If you own a whole life insurance policy that you no longer need, you can make The Huntington owner of the policy. By doing so, you will normally receive an income tax deduction for the policy’s fair market value or cost basis. If you name The Huntington beneficiary of the policy and retain ownership, you will receive an estate tax deduction for the insurance proceeds.

To learn more please contact Celina Valadao at 617-273-1536 or  cvaladao@huntingtontheatre.org

What is The Ovation Circle?

The Ovation Circle honors those who play a lasting role in securing The Huntington’s strong, successful future beyond their lifetime by making a bequest or other planned gift.  Members enjoy special invitations, updates, and opportunities to engage in a deeper, more meaningful way with our work, and are recognized in Huntington program books and lobby screens. 

Hear from Ovation Circle members on why The Huntington is in their future plans:

“Live theatre captivates the mind and promotes social discourse; it can change lives. The Huntington maximizes this impact through its exceptional education programs and commitment to young people and we want to support those efforts. Including The Huntington in our estate planning is a valuable investment in the future.” -NEAL BALKOWITSCH AND DONALD NELSON

“I want to ensure that The Huntington is here for future generations so they can enjoy this amazing theatre as much as I have since the very beginning.” -HOWARD BENGELE

“We are committed to sharing the joy of artistic discovery with generations to come. The Huntington will undoubtedly enrich creative lives long into the future, and it is an honor to support the continuity of their efforts.” -HOWARD AND VERONICA WISEMAN

“At this exciting time for The Huntington, we want to do all we can to help its talented new leadership plan for the coming decades. Doing so assures that our current annual giving will continue for this important institution, one that is truly a jewel in Boston’s crown.” -KATE AND BEN TAYLOR

Support The Huntington through your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and together we will: Produce outstanding theatre for our community, showcase Boston’s new and diverse voices of local playwrights, and promote inclusivity among all our community through accessibility to live theatre and arts education and transform our Huntington Avenue home into a world-class facility.

Benefits of supporting The Huntington through your (IRA)
  • Produce outstanding theatre for our community
  • Showcase Boston’s new and diverse voices of local playwrights
  • Promote inclusivity among all our community through accessibility  to live theatre and arts education
  • Transform our Huntington Avenue home into a world-class facility
Easy and convenient ways to give through your IRA:

The IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are over the age of 70 ½ you can make a distribution (up to $100,000) directly from your IRA to a qualified charity, of which The Huntington is one, without having to pay income taxes on the money. Simply instruct your plan administrator to send a specific dollar amount directly to The Huntington via check or electronic transfer.

This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover, but you may also see it referred to as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD).

Designate the Huntington as beneficiary of your IRA

Please consider naming The Huntington as a beneficiary of your retirement account. You can add The Huntington as a full or partial beneficiary, or designate a percentage of your accounts.

There may be tax advantages for you in making a gift from your IRA, but please consult with your own qualified financial, legal, and /or tax advisor prior to making any decisions about your charitable giving.

If you need any information about The Huntington to complete your gift, please contact Celina Valadao, Major Gifts Officer, at 617-273-1536, or cvaladao@huntingtontheatre.org.

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Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are a centralized vehicle for charitable giving that makes it easy for donors to dedicate funds to support their favorite nonprofit organization. They also provide an operationally convenient and tax-efficient method for donors to manage their charitable giving.

More about DAFs

With a DAF, charitably inclined individuals, families and businesses make an irrevocable gift to a public charity that sponsors a donor-advised fund program, and may take an immediate tax deduction. Donors can then recommend grants over time to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities. DAFs also allow donors to approach their charitable giving thoughtfully by involving other family members or colleagues in their philanthropic decisions. Most DAFs accept donations of long-term appreciated securities and other assets, and donors can advise how the funds are invested which could potentially allow tax-free growth, which could result in more money for your charity.

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How does it work?
  • Establish your Donor Advised Fund by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program
  • Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free)
  • Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice

** Sponsoring organizations generally assess an administrative fee on the assets in a DAF. These fees vary by the charity that sponsors a DAF Program.

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Advantages of a Donor Advised Fund
  • Simplicity — The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.
  • Flexibility — Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.
  • Tax-efficiency — Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.
  • Family legacy — A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.
  • No start-up costs — There is no cost to establish a donor advised fund. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).**
  • No transaction fees — Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.**
  • Privacy if desired — Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient.

** Sponsoring organizations generally assess an administrative fee on the assets in a DAF. These fees vary by the charity that sponsors a DAF Program.

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Spotlight Gala

The Spotlight Gala celebrates The Huntington as a public good and our vision for the future. Support of the Gala ensures the success of our artistic, education, and community programs.

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