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Investing in Portland Stage Makes a Lasting Difference.

The generosity of individual donors, foundations, and corporations alike enables us to surround the core work on our Mainstage with vital Education Programs, innovative New Work Development initiatives, and exciting community engagement programs that deepen and broaden the impact of our handcrafted productions.

Tax-deductible contributions keep Portland Stage a living, breathing, growing, and thriving theater, and ultimately ensure the fulfillment of our mission and the enrichment of our community.

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Ways to Give

Legacy & Tribute Giving

Whether you are a long ­time subscriber or attend performances occasionally, you have felt the power of theater. Make a lasting gift to Portland Stage through your will or estate plan, or honor a loved one by making a tribute or memorial gift!

…This was theater at its powerful best. I think artists are cousins to prophets.  You hold up to us a finely detailed portrait of some aspect of human life, our hearts and minds are impacted, and we become more deeply human.

-Portland Stage Patron

If you believe in the transformative power of theater, please consider making a lasting gift to Portland Stage through your will or estate plan. Legacy gifts frequently provide estate tax savings, but the most rewarding benefit is the knowledge that you are playing a lead role in advancing our work both on our stage and our community.

For information on how to make a Legacy gift or bequest, please contact the Development Office at 207.774.1043 x109, or send an email.

An honorary or memorial gift to Portland Stage is a great way to celebrate special occasions or to specially honor the memory of a friend or loved one. Donations may be made in any amount, with those above $250 listed in a special section of our playbills and on our Donor Wall in the theater lobby. A notification letter will be sent to the honoree or their family member notifying them of your kind gift and you will receive a letter documenting your tax-deductible contribution.

You can make your gift online by selecting options under “Dedication” or please feel free to contact us for assistance, at 207.774.1043 x109 or click here to send an email.

Institutional Giving

Financial support from Businesses, Foundations and Government Agencies enables Portland Stage to fulfill our mission in amplifying the power of theater.

Portland Stage provides our corporate partners with tremendous value through individual show sponsorships, as well as opportunities to support our expanding community engagement initiatives, Education Programs, special events and more!

Aligning your organization with Portland Stage brings heightened visibility and awareness of your brand among our audiences, and demonstrates your company’s commitment to the arts, education, and community.

Portland Stage provides our corporate partners with a captive audience from throughout the state, plus New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Mainstage productions are marketed over the course of 14 months from the announcement of our season each April through the following May, and have an intensive five week marketing push with print, online, and radio advertising campaigns around the lead-up and run of each show.

Portland Stage’s Development team will collaborate with your company to create a partnership that highlights your core business capabilities, engages existing and potential customers, and positions your brand as a key contributor to Maine’s cultural dialogue.

Please call Development at 207.774.1043 x 109 or send an email  to Beth Given, Development Director, to explore ways in which partnering with us can meet your company’s philanthropic and marketing goals.

Depending on the level so support, partner benefits may include:
  • On-site integration of logo and custom signage
  • Curated events and performances designed to engage your company’s key demographic target groups year-round
  • Tickets to Mainstage productions for employees and clients
  • Playbill and digital-on-demand advertisements
  • Dedicated emails about your company to targeted Portland Stage subscribers and audience members
  • Editorial content on Portland Stage’s website
  • And much more!

Portland Stage would like to thank the following companies for their generous support throughout the 2021-22 season:

2021-2022 Season Sponsors

2021-22 Season Mainstage Sponsor

2021-2022 Show Sponsors

A Christmas Carol Show Sponsor

Senior Living Show Sponsor

Portland Stage would like to thank the following foundations for their generous support throughout the 2020-21 season:

General Operations

General Operations and Education Programs

Education Programs

General Operations

General Operations

Performing Arts Fund – General Operations

General Operations

General Operations

David Nichols Charitable Trust -General Operations

General Operations

Education Programs

Clauder Competition

Education Programs

Education Programs

Intern Program

General Operations in York County

New Works

Endowments & Major Gifts

Endowments & Major Gifts

Endowments and major gifts are an important part of ensuring Portland Stage’s long term financial stability. Endowment funding and major gifts provide a financial underpinning to ensure that we can inspire the next generation of artists, audiences, and engaged citizens.

Major Gifts & Endowments allow Portland Stage to continue creating productions and programs that reflect who we are and inspire us to grow, guaranteeing our relevance to our evolving community well into the future

Major Gift Donors for the 2020-21 Season.

  • Anonymous
  • Edwin F. Gamble Bequest
  • Greater Portland Council of Government
  • Mr. Harry W. Konkel
  • Susie Konkel
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Shubert Foundation
  • Anna Marie & John E. Thron Fund of the Maine Community Foundation

Susie Konkel Theater for Kids Endowment

Portland Stage would like to thank Susie Konkel for her generous ongoing support of our Theater for Kids Storefront Space and on-site educational programming. Her generous support has allowed Theater for Kids programming to continue for over 12 years, and gifts to the Theater for Kids Endowment will help sustain our in-theater education programming for years to come.

Jamie Higgins Education Endowment

George “Bud” & Cheryl Higgins have demonstrated their personal commitment to Portland Stage and our unique approach to teaching literacy, building creativity & developing critical thinking skills through the establishment of the Jamie Higgins Endowment. Thanks to Bud & Cheryl’s generous support and leadership in creating an endowment to fund Portland Stage Education Programs, we have been able to cement and sustain our commitment to education.