Area resident Carole Freeland Raymond encourages the community to give any amount toward her $500,000 match.

Learn about our plans for the future and how you can help.

The financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Venice Theatre has been immense. As a result of event cancellations we have lost close to  $2 million in revenue.

That is why we are asking patrons to consider making a donation to the theatre at this time. This will help to limit the financial impact to the theatre and help our organization weather this difficult period.

Every year, Venice Theatre must raise around 25% of our yearly operating budget in contributed giving. Without the generous support of our donors, Venice Theatre would not have become the integral, enduring gem in the crown of our beautiful community for 70 years.

We strive to be the center for arts entertainment and education in south Sarasota County, to help students from all segments of the community build life skills through a diverse offering of outreach programs, and to provide seniors with entertainment and arts education. You can help us carry this long-standing tradition into the future through tax-deductible donations.

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The Presidents Club is an exclusive group for Venice Theatre’s most generous supporters. Donors at the $1,000+ level get special privileges like a reception preceding select performances of our MainStage Series. These receptions take place upstairs in our Presidents Club, and include a complimentary beverage.

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Venice Theatre has been making a dramatic impact on all stages of life since it was founded in 1950. You can help us continue this long-standing tradition through charitable bequests through your will or estate plan or by designating Venice Theatre as a beneficiary of your IRA or insurance policy. Gifts by Will and Trusts are among the easiest ways to make significant future gifts to the individuals and charities that matter most to you. Once you include a bequest provision in your will or trust for Venice Theatre you will be welcomed to our Legacy Circle and the benefits that accrue thereto:

  • Invitation to our annual Legacy Circle luncheon.
  • Special acknowledgment on our website and in our SHOWNOTES for MainStage Season productions.
  • Special invitations to our Education & Outreach Department’s class showcase performances. 
OUR GROWING LIST OF LEGACY CIRCLE MEMBERS INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM!
  • Daniel Cole
  • Fran Costa
  • James & Lynn Crandall
  • Cara Herman & Chris Cole
  • Bea Holt
  • Laura Kopple
  • Dennis & Ruthanne Neeser
  • June Novak-Bock
  • Darby Klein Park
  • Carole Raymond
  • Maggi Taylor
  • Eric D. Watters

If you already qualify as a member of Venice Theatre’s Legacy Circle or would like to become a member, please email VT Director of Development, Eric Watters at ericwatters@venicetheatre.net.

Every show needs a sponsor. If you would like to make a significant contribution in order to become a co-sponsor, sponsor, co-producer, or producer on one or more of our upcoming productions, please email VT Director of Development, Eric Watters at ericwatters@venicetheatre.net. Co-sponsors, sponsors, co-producers, and producers get special recognition on marketing materials for the productions they are supporting as well as their photo in a prominent location in our SHOWNOTES for MainStage Season productions.

 

Information regarding the CARES Act and its impact on charitable giving for the 2020 tax year.

As this current legislation is temporary, we encourage you to review the CARES Act information and take note of three specific items within the legislation as you consider any philanthropic giving between now and the end of the year:

  • Unlimited income tax deduction is available in 2020 for cash gifts. Individuals and joint filers who itemize their deductions can deduct 100% of their adjusted gross income for the rest of 2020.
  • For people who no longer itemize their charitable giving, the CARES Act will allow these individuals to deduct donations to charity of up to $300 on their 2020 federal tax return, even with the standard deduction.
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from IRAs remain a tax-wise way to make sizable charitable gifts. In 2020, due to the CARES Act unlimited deduction, other strategies might be considered for even larger gifts from retirement accounts.

As every charitable conversation is unique to specific circumstances, we encourage you to contact Venice Theatre’s Development Office should you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to discuss any of the aforementioned items listed above.

Eric Watters, Director of Development: 941-584-0640 | ericwatters@venicetheatre.net

Camille Cline, Deputy Director of Development: 941-539-8872 | camille@venicetheatre.net

CH-4124–Venice Theatre, Inc. meets all requirements specified by the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Acts. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.