Make a Difference at The Playhouse

Ticket prices cover less than 65% of the cost of producing our shows. The rest of our support comes from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and patrons, audience members, and volunteers like you.

Your gift to The Playhouse supports:

  • More than 200 live performances each year
  • Theatre education for 1,000 disadvantaged students through Spotlight: Literacy
  • 1,800 youth in theatre classes, workshops, and summer camps
  • 4,000 tickets for youths who can’t afford to attend productions
  • 750 volunteers to develop and showcase their talents

Your gift makes it possible for The Playhouse to be more than a theatre to more than 55,000 people each year. 

We understand you have a wide range of interests, so we offer several opportunities to share your appreciation for The Playhouse and our programming.

For more information about supporting The Playhouse and its programs, contact David Kilpatrick, executive director, at 515.974.5353.

Director's Circle

Play a starring role at The Playhouse by helping us close the gap between our affordable ticket prices and actual program costs. Your tax-deductible contribution helps us touch thousands of lives across the state with exceptional productions, nationally-acclaimed education programs, and standard-setting outreach.

Benefactor  $5,000 and above
Complimentary rental of the lobby, John Viars Theatre, or Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre
Reserved parking space for Playhouse performances
Plus all of the benefits listed below…

Producer  $2,500+
Complimentary drink before John Viars Theatre productions
Plus all of the benefits listed below…

Director  $1,000+
Invitations to exclusive Director’s Circle events 
Opportunity to pre-order complimentary intermission drinks for John Viars Theatre productions
Advanced notice of The Playhouse Best of Broadway New York Theatre tours
Early registration to summer camps
Concierge service for ticket reservations and exchanges
Recognition on donor wall in Playhouse lobby
Plus all of the benefits listed below…

Leading Player  $500+
Behind-the-scenes season announcement event
Listing in the playbill for one full year from the date of donation
Pre-sale opportunity for John Viars Theatre and Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre shows
Appreciation of a grateful community of artists

Individual Giving

Your tax-deductible contribution helps touch thousands of lives across the state with exceptional productions, nationally-acclaimed education programs, and standard-setting outreach. A variety of levels give you a range of recognition and benefits, including ticket pre-sales, early class registration, free intermission drinks, and more.

Donate Now

Donating Stocks, Securities, or Real Estate

Gifts in the form of common stocks, securities, or real estate which have appreciated in value can often provide you with attractive tax benefits. In such cases, capital gains tax on long-term holdings may be eliminated, and you may be able to claim the full market value of the gift as a tax deduction at year’s end.

Join the Century Club

An Endowment for the Future

The goal is $100 gifts from 10,000 individuals which will, combined, create an endowment of $1,000,000. Gifts larger than $100 will be needed to reach our goal. Below are the different giving levels. Each will provide a special lapel pin for you to proudly wear.

The Century Club Levels

  • Cornerstone Level – $5,000 or more
  • Millennium Level – $1,000 or more
  • Quincentennial Level – $500 or more
  • Centennial Level – $100 or more


Payment Plans
To make your commitment to The Playhouse legacy even easier, you have the opportunity to take up to five years to fulfill your commitment – starting at only $20 per year. If interested in a payment plan, please send an email to Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy.

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Leave a Legacy Through Your Estate

By including The Playhouse in your estate plans or as a beneficiary, you make a lasting impact on community theatre in Iowa.

  • It doesn’t cost anything now.
  • You can designate assets that would otherwise be a tax burden for your family.
  • You can change the designation or amount at any time.

Including The Playhouse as a beneficiary can be as easy as completing a simple form.

  • Permanent life insurance policies you no longer need
    • Name The Des Moines Community Playhouse as a beneficiary or
    • Transfer the policy to The Playhouse for TWO potential tax benefits. Contact Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy, to talk about benefits.
  • Retirement accounts
  • Brokerage accounts
  • Certificates of Deposit

For more information about supporting the Playhouse and its programs, contact Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy, at 515.974.5370.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations provide matching donation programs. These provide employees the opportunity to make a single gift to a charity of their choice with the employer also contributing to the organizations. Your single gift now has a greater impact at The Playhouse. Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program.

Our corporate partners play a vital role producing theatrical and educational experiences at The Playhouse. Whether it’s royalties, set construction, or costuming, corporate support helps offset the initial costs of production. In return, our corporate partners are offered a variety of benefits and marketing exposure.

For more information about show and programming sponsorship, please contact Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy, at 515.974.5370.

Thank you to our generous corporate and foundation partners!


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