Individual Support

We invite you to join the Cal Shakes family by becoming a Champion. In addition to enjoying great benefits, such as opportunities to interact with artists, special VIP treatment, and discounts offered exclusively to Cal Shakes supporters, Cal Shakes Champions know that their dollars directly support our award-winning work on stage and our meaningful work in schools and communities throughout the Bay Area.

You can also become a Cal Shakes volunteer. Our volunteers help in many different areas of the organization, including ushering, aiding our administrative offices, and giving a hand at our annual Gala.

Cal Shakes Champions are people who strengthen our community’s cultural vitality by making annual contributions of $150 or more to support our artistic and educational programs. Ticket sales cover less than 50% of the actual cost of creating and delivering Cal Shakes’ award-winning productions and highly-valued community programs for underserved Bay Area students and adults. By donating $150 or more (separate from purchasing tickets or subscriptions), Champions invest in our collective future by enabling Cal Shakes to make great theater and meet our shared community’s larger needs.

We’re deeply grateful to our Champions, and we like to show it. We offer Champions a host of benefits that provide special access and a deeper connection to our theater, artists, staff, and your fellow Champions; plus recognition for the difference you make. See below for details about the benefits available to you.

Other ways to support us:

Audience Ask
At the end of each performance, we ask our audience members to dig through their pockets and donate whatever they can. Your donations help us support our LEARN and ENGAGE programs. The Audience Ask may seem like small change, but that small change adds up in a big way.

Goods and services are just as important as cash. We gratefully accept donations of services such as catering, video production, and landscaping; or items that would sell well at an auction or make a great raffle prize, such as wine, tickets to sporting events, or a weekend at your vacation home.

Planned Giving
Our Legacy Circle recognizes generous donors who are participating in our future in a very meaningful way, by designating Cal Shakes as a beneficiary of your Estate though a bequest or other type of planned gift.

For information on how to become a member of the Legacy Circle or for additional information about making a planned gift or bequest to Cal Shakes, please click here.

Stock Gifts
A gift of stock is one of the many easy ways to make a gift to Cal Shakes. Your gift of stock is recognized at the full market value at the time of transfer. You can find more information here.

For more personalized information or questions please contact Chapin Cole, Associate Director of Development at 510.548.3422 x134 or

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California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is a 501(c)(3) organization. Click here to view or download our 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS.

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