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WTF’s 2020 Vision Fund

The Way Forward Is Clear

For a very limited time, all gifts made to Williamstown Theatre Festival will be matched 1:1 by members of our Board of Trustees.*

The impact of the current global health crisis on Williamstown Theatre Festival this year is heartbreakingly certain; this summer, we will not come together in one unifying space in Williamstown to celebrate the enduring power, beauty, resilience, and complexity of our shared humanity. But even in this complicated moment, our way forward is clear. We are committed to sustaining artists year-round, to funding commissions and new play development activities, and to ensuring the future of artists convening in Williamstown to make great theatre. We are determined to reimagine how we can uphold our commitments to you, our audience, providing you with the intellectually and emotionally stimulating work that you have come to expect from Williamstown Theatre Festival. And we are inspired to make sure that next summer, and the summers to come, are our strongest—artistically and financially—yet.

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Now is not a time to mince words: Williamstown Theatre Festival grapples with existential threats even in the very best of times.

And we are not alone. As this pandemic has revealed, revered American institutions, many far larger than WTF, have business models that rely on inconsistent sources of revenue. As a result, cultural institutions in the United States are hugely reliant on philanthropy to bridge the gap between costs and revenue. For organizations like Williamstown Theatre Festival, the threat is real: our revenue stream—which represents 60% of our budget in a typical year—will run dry with the absence of a summer season in Williamstown.

In order to ensure that Williamstown Theatre Festival can weather this storm and the next, providing dependable support for artists in times of prosperity as well as times of crisis, we must appeal to your generosity at this critical moment. Members of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Board leadership have provided seed funding to establish WTF’s 2020 Vision Fund, and we hope you will join them. If you were planning to purchase a ticket to a WTF production this summer, please consider making a contribution to the 2020 Vision Fund to support this urgent fundraising campaign. The future of Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the artists we are proud to call family, depends on you.

Give What You Can

All donors to the 2020 Vision Fund will receive a digital program booklet featuring exclusive WTF content later this year. Donors who contribute $150 or more will be listed in the digital program booklet in recognition of their support.

Special Access to the 2020 WTF Season on Audible

This year, WTF is creating a season in collaboration with Audible, the world’s largest producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks.** As a token of our appreciation, special access to the 2020 WTF Season on Audible will be made available to new donors at the $600 level and higher and to current donors at the $600 level or higher who sustain or increase their support this year. Click below to make a donation in support of Williamstown Theatre Festival.

*Now through May 31, 2020, all gifts made to Williamstown Theatre Festival will be matched 1:1 by members of our Board of Trustees. Gifts to the 2020 Vision Fund will support theatre activities in 2020 and 2021. **The 2020 WTF Season on Audible will be made available for global Audible listeners to enjoy and experience. Additional information will be shared at a later date.

Other Ways to Give

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Major Gifts

Play a leading role!

Individual donors can play a leading role by underwriting a Festival production or by backing one of the educational initiatives that make up our nationally-recognized Professional Training Program.

For more information about Major Gifts, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

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Planned Giving:
The Encore Society

Securing Artistic Excellence for Future Generations

The Encore Society consists of those loyal and dedicated supporters who have designated a special gift to benefit Williamstown Theatre Festival in the future through bequests, life insurance, trusts, IRAs, or other planned giving arrangements. These important gifts ensure that the Festival will continue to be the nation’s premier summer theatre for generations to come.

We invite anyone who has remembered WTF in their estate plans to formalize their commitment by becoming a member of the Encore Society and allow us to thank you today for the generosity you will be providing in the future.

For more information about Planned Giving, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

All inquiries are completely confidential.

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Corporate Giving

By becoming a corporate sponsor of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, your organization will support the Festival’s artistic and educational programs while enhancing your company’s philanthropic involvement in the community and building corporate visibility among Festival audiences.

Our Business Partner program is designed to provide valuable sponsorship opportunities that act as effective marketing tools for small businesses and big companies alike. At any level of contribution, WTF can help you satisfy goals for philanthropy, marketing, and community participation.

New sponsorship opportunities are available each season at WTF. In addition to sponsoring plays on stage, there are targeted opportunities to sponsor special productions, Festival events, as well as education and community programs.

Current Sponsorship Opportunities Include:

  • Main Stage and Nikos Stage Production Sponsorships
  • COMMUNITY WORKS Underwriting
  • Fridays@3 Reading Series
  • Opening Nights

For more information about Corporate Giving, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

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Matching Gifts

Many companies will match charitable gifts made by employees—doubling or even tripling the amount of your original gift, thus increasing your benefits. It’s easy. Just contact your personnel office and ask them if your company matches gifts to nonprofit organizations.

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Planned Giving:
The Encore Society

Securing Artistic Excellence for Future Generations

The Encore Society consists of those loyal and dedicated supporters who have designated a special gift to benefit Williamstown Theatre Festival in the future through bequests, life insurance, trusts, IRAs, or other planned giving arrangements. These important gifts ensure that the Festival will continue to be the nation’s premier summer theatre for generations to come.

We invite anyone who has remembered WTF in their estate plans to formalize their commitment by becoming a member of the Encore Society and allow us to thank you today for the generosity you will be providing in the future.

For more information about Planned Giving, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

All inquiries are completely confidential.

Meet Our Team

Josh Martinez-Nelson
Director of Development & Communications
josh@wtfestival.org
212.395.9090 x108

Henrietta Key
Development Coordinator
henrietta@wtfestival.org
212.395.9090 x110

The 2019 summer team: Kara Hogan (Development Associate – Administration), Henrietta Key (Development Associate – Special Events), Claire Shea (Development Assistant), and Brynn Gauthier (Development & Special Events Intern)

Find Us

By Phone: 413.458.3200
By Email: wtfinfo@wtfestival.org
By Snail Mail: PO Box 517
Williamstown, MA 01267