About CenterStage

Funding Sources

CenterStage in Lake Forest carries out its mission with three important sources of revenue: donations, ticket sales, and program ads. Because so many organizations solicit the local business community for paid advertising, program ads represent a limited source of revenue. Although ticket sales are the largest single source of revenue, in order to keep ticket prices within reach of the widest range of people we offer group discounts and discounts for students who benefit most from the educational experience of theater, it is essential to receive donations to defray substantial portions of operating and production expenses each season.

Tax-Deductible Donations

CenterStage in Lake Forest is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. It is qualified as a publicly supported community theater organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts made to CenterStage are tax-deductible charitable contributions. It is qualified to receive matching funds from companies that offer them for the benefit of employees. All monetary gifts will be acknowledged in the program distributed at each performance. Single gifts of $300 or more will be acknowledged in writing as required by IRS rules.