Operating a community theater incurs many costs. Most community theaters generate enough income from ticket sales to cover only the costs of the production itself. General operating expenses such as utility costs, administrative and office expenses, building and grounds expenses, and others must be supported through other income sources. Arts organizations also must contend with each other for limited governmental or foundation grant support opportunities, and few of those allow for general operating support funding.
CHT, and other similar organizations, exist through the above limited revenue opportunities and through the kindness of its patrons and supporters. Without public support, we wouldn't be the center for culture, youth and adult education and community entertainment that we are. Even small donations add up toward the necessary funding CHT must have to continue its goals and community work.
As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, donating to The Church Hill Theatre, Inc. is tax deductible. For your donation, you will receive from us a "thank you" note and acknowledgement containing the necessary recognition verbiage for your tax deduction. Your name will also appear under the proper donation level category in the next season's Showbill publication, which is put into the hands of patrons for all performances throughout the year.
Support through item donation is an excellent way to assist The Church Hill Theatre, Inc. to have the things we need to do business or put up a show. Many of the items you see on the stage as a part of our productions once belonged to someone who decided to donate it to CHT. We have been the recipient of generous donations of costumes, furniture, dishes and silverware, building materials, fabric, and even things like fake plants or other household goods.
In our office, anything we normally must pay for would make for an excellent donation item. If you purchased office supplies that you realize you cannot use, think about giving such things to us.
We cannot always accept every donation. Between our theatre facility and our office, we only have so much space. For clothing, the more unusual or character-driven the piece is, the more likely we will take it. We do not usually take paint because of the storage restrictions on it. However, we may consider it based on age, color and type. Anything else is certainly something we will consider on a case by case basis.
Material donations are tax deductible provided you accompany your donation with a statement of value identifying your name, address and phone number and a specific itemization including individual worth. We can release to you an acknowledgement letter which includes proper verbiage for your tax filing in exchange for the donation and the value statement.
Call the office at 410-556-6003 if you have any questions or would like to donate over the phone. Your support will go a long way in assisting us to build our community through the arts!