See below for how donors made a difference at the end of 2012.
Cal Shakes relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, and institutons to support our award-winning work on stage, our community-based creation of new plays, and our extensive arts-education offerings—all of which expand access to the arts to underserved Bay Area communities.
Your donations make our work possible—and make a difference to thousands of people.
The individual beneficiaries of your support—youth, elders, teachers in underserved schools,
and emerging artists—deserve to be part of a thriving theater community.
Give according to your preferences, and you'll access a variety of benefits in return.
• Individual donors who make gifts of $100 or more become Cal Shakes Champions, eligible
for a variety of exciting benefits.
• Young professionals who join Cal Shakers with a $75 contribution have access to a range of lively
networking events, discounts, and other opportunities.
• Businesses of every size and budget gain access to our highly desirable audience along with
hospitality benefits by collaborating with Cal Shakes through Corporate Partnerships.
• Individuals and business representatives alike attend ONE GREAT PARTY, our annual gala where you
can bid on impossible-to-buy-elsewhere experiences. Many also donate auction items, wine, or other
goods in exchange for recognition and marketing benefits.
• Volunteers give time to Cal Shakes in many ways and are rewarded with free admission to
performances and other "insider" privileges.
• Theater Store Another way to support Cal Shakes is to make a purchase one of our terrific logo
items, show-specific merchandise, picnic supplies, or specialty Shakespeare items from our on-site
or online Theater Store.
Choose the option that’s right for you, and make a difference. Your gift to Cal Shakes matters.
Take a look at the slideshow below to see how much power you can have as a donor to make an impact on the Bay Area’s cultural vitality.
Your generous investment makes the successes of this Theater—your Theater—possible, and helps to ensure that thousands of people have access to these experiences as well.
Our goal was ambitious but simple: We asked the Cal Shakes community to increase their support or become donors for the first time in order to help us meet two generous challenge gifts: The Otter Cove Foundation and Cal Shakes Board Member Jay Yamada would match gifts made above and beyond what our donors had given before, up to $50,000 and $25,000, respectively. Thanks to the incredible response to our campaign, we exceeded both those challenges by $25,000 and our overall fundraising goal for 2012! Nearly 700 donors—perhaps including you—made a contribution because they believe in the power of theater and arts education to make a real difference in people’s lives. Their investment in our work and in our communities inspires us, every day. We’re deeply grateful to all of our 2012 supporters!