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Frequently Asked Questions
Aren’t I supporting you when I buy a ticket to Renton Civic Theatre?
When you buy a ticket to the movies or to a baseball game, the cost of that ticket covers at least 100% of all expenses associated with producing that event. When you buy a ticket to the theatre, the cost of that ticket only covers 50% of the expenses associated with producing the play. Theatres are non-profit organizations which thrive off the generosity of their donors.
Why don’t you just raise your ticket prices?
A night at the theatre should not be a luxury for the rich and famous! In order to cover the cost of production and administrative expenses without additional fundraising, an evening for two at Renton Civic Theatre would cost $150! Ticket sales would decrease rapidly with such an expensive ticket price and Renton Civic Theatre would lose many of its current patrons. Although we would earn more money per ticket, we would lose a significant number of ticket buyers and probably end up having to solicit funds anyway!
If I make a donation in addition to my ticket purchase, aren’t I paying that much anyway?
Well, maybe. But not everyone can afford to donate at the same level. Renton Civic Theatre keeps the ticket prices at a reasonable level in the hopes that our patrons will donate at a reasonable level in return. Whether it is a $5 donation from a first-time patron, or a $500 donation from a long-standing friend of Renton Civic Theatre, generosity at any level makes an enormous impact on our success.
Is my donation tax deductible?
YES! After your donation is processed in the office, if you need a thank-you letter just ask.
What do you do with my donation?
We spend it on the shows in our season! Next time you visit our theater, just look at the costumes, props, and scenery to see the affect of your generosity. You can be assured that your donation will directly fund the productions in the current season. When attending a Renton Civic Theatre show, take pride in knowing your contribution is reflected on that stage.
What do I get in return for my donation?
Besides the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting outstanding theater in Renton? You want MORE than that? Well, all of our donors receive a subscription to our newsletter, WordPlay. In addition, any donor who gives $50 or more receives recognition in all of our playbills.
What about corporate and foundation giving?
Renton Civic Theatre solicits support from hundreds of foundations and corporations each year. With so many Performing Arts groups in such a small town, corporations and foundations typically rotate their giving cycles. Additionally, the events of September 11th and the nation’s current economic situation have taken quite a toll on many foundations and corporate giving programs. After all, a corporation who needs to lay off 100 employees just to survive is in NO position to donate money to non-profits. Therefore, we are in constant search for new corporate and foundation support. If you are involved with a corporation or foundation and are interested in donating to Renton Civic Theatre, please contact the box office at 425.226.5529 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What can I do if I can’t afford to donate money?
Renton Civic Theatre has a long list of items that we can always use. Check our website to find our updated “wish list.” An in-kind donation of any of the following items will help at any time:
- White or colored copy paper
- General office supplies: pens, pencils, paper clips, binders, folders, tape, etc.
- Poster board
- Burnable CDs
- Clear plastic storage bins
How do I make a donation?
It’s very easy to make a tax-deductible donation to Renton Civic Theatre. Subscribers and past donors will receive a solicitation letter for our Annual Fund. If you do not receive a letter, you may pick up a donation envelope in the lobby during one of our productions, or contact the box office at 425.226.5529 or via e-mail at email@example.com for more information, as well.
Current Specific Theatre Needs
We are especially in need of the following items:
- New Alarm System — Our current alarm system was installed in the 1980s and is desperately in need of an upgrade to ensure the safety of our staff, actors, and renters
- Retractable movie screen, 16′ by 30′ — We would love to start showing movies again!
- New electrical wiring
- New letters or neon for the marquee
- Theater curtains
- Lighting equipment
Thank you again for your kind generosity.