THREE EASY WAYS TO GIVE

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Mail us at:
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Development Department
1010 N. WC MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602

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Give now online or email us at
belong@strazcenter.org.

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Have questions?
We're happy to help!
Call us at (813) 222-1036.

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

+How can I make a donation to the Straz Center?

It’s easy! You can make a tax-deductible gift online, by mail or by phone. Direct your gift to a specific need like arts education or Opera Tampa, or we will put it where the need is greatest. We are here to walk you through the process if you need any help, at (813) 222-1036.

+Do I get special perks as an annual donor?

You sure do — and the investment is super affordable. For a yearly gift of $100 or more, we offer great benefits like early access to buy tickets before the public and more. We have a complete list of benefits and giving tiers on our annual donor benefits page.

+How much do I need to donate to gain early access to tickets?

Starting with an annual gift of $100, you will have an opportunity to purchase single tickets before the general public to most shows through our donor priority pre-sales. If a donor pre-sale is in progress, simply make your gift and buy your tickets in the same online transaction or call our Ticket Sales Office at (813) 229-7827 to donate and purchase by phone. Click here to see all the benefits provided to Straz Center annual donors.

+We heard the Straz Center has premium seating for donors. Is this true?

Yes, it is. Straz Center annual donors have access to the best seats through pre-sales for most performances. For Broadway lovers, we also offer premium Orchestra level seating in our Broadway Circle on subscription. You can gain access to buy season tickets for the Broadway Series with a minimum gift of $750 per seat.

+Does The Straz offer suite or box seat packages?

Our Luxury Box program is a fantastic way to support The Straz and have access to premium box seats. The program includes a donation to The Straz and guarantees six seats in Morsani Hall’s Mezzanine boxes for select shows, plus Silver level donor benefits such as concierge and hospitality services. We have businesses and individuals who love experiencing our world-class entertainment from these seats. Click here to learn more or call us at (813) 222-1036.

+Are there opportunities for my family, my foundation or my business to become a sponsor at the Straz Center?

Yes, there are many unique opportunities to sponsor our stage presentations, performance series, education programs and special events. Customized sponsorship packages can be tailored to reach your target audience as well as your marketing, entertainment and philanthropic goals. Visit our sponsorship page for additional information.

+Can I leave the Straz Center in my will?

Absolutely. We are prepared to help you identify the best ways to support your family and the Straz Center. We can answer your questions and guide you through the process with your financial planner, attorney or representative. Visit our planned giving page or give us a call at (813) 222-1036.

+I have tickets to a show that I can’t use. Can I donate them back to The Straz?

You can, and they will go to an amazing use. We can funnel donated tickets to our Operation Tickets program, which provides your tickets to veterans and their families, educators, first-responders, students, seniors on limited incomes and our community outreach partners. Just donate them five days in advance of the show so we can find a new home for your seats. You’ll get a tax-deductible receipt equal to the value of your tickets plus you’ll make somebody else really happy.

+I’m thinking about making a longer-term commitment to The Straz’s financial health. Do you have an endowment fund?

We do! The Straz Center's endowment is a permanent fund that is invested to generate income. You can contribute to the endowment today or leave a gift through your estate planning. In either case, we pledge to retain and invest your gift in perpetuity. A portion of the income from the endowment will be available each year to support our mission. Endowment gifts may be either restricted or unrestricted. To get started visit the endowment page or give us a call at (813) 222-1036.

+How can I volunteer at The Straz?

We need volunteers who love the arts, enjoy making friends and want to be a part of our creative, fun, vibrant culture at The Straz. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

You have a say where your gift goes.

It takes a lot to run this place. Ticket sales only cover a fraction of our costs – and some of our programs only exist because people give generously to ensure the arts are thriving and reaching the whole community.  Here are the key areas where your gift can make a difference:

Area of Greatest Need

The Straz, we’re more than just a show. We are the Patel Conservatory, where thousands of kids awaken their talents and explore their passion as performers. We are a vast network of partnerships, working with more than 50 non-profits and underserved schools to provide resources so they can experience the arts. We are a gathering place for friends to see a show, we’re an anniversary treat, a birthday present, and a free show in Curtis Hixon Park or on the Riverwalk. We’re able to be all these things to the community because someone like you sees the value in having a thriving arts scene in our town. Giving to the Area of Greatest Need helps make all this happen.

Arts Education

Since the doors to the Straz Center opened in 1987, we have been committed to making arts training accessible to all. Gifts designated to support Arts Education will help bring artists from every corner of the world to visit Tampa Bay area schools; put teaching artists in classrooms to help develop student skills in music, dance and theater; and bring disadvantaged children and families to The Straz to experience a world-class performance.

Patel Conservatory Scholarships

We have numerous students at our Patel Conservatory who need help covering the tuition and fees to pursue study in music, dance and theater. Donations provide financial aid for need- and merit-based scholarships, and give these kids their moment in the spotlight, fueling their hopes and dreams.

Opera Tampa

The resident grand opera company of the Straz Center, Opera Tampa produces the highest caliber of grand opera in the region, complete with the spectacle and grandeur that makes opera "the queen of the performing arts."

Operation Tickets

The Straz makes tickets available at low or no cost to people who might not have the budget for a full-priced ticket.  Low-income individuals and families, educators, students, military and first responders all have access to special offers through Operation Tickets. We also use this program to distribute tickets that are donated back to us – and the donor gets a receipt for the ticket value as a tax-deductible gift. Cash gifts to this program help offset the ticket costs for the many tickets we give to our community partners and other worthy non-profit organizations.
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