Ways to Give
Online with a credit card
Phone & Email *please do not send credit card information via email
For membership gifts, call our box office at 1.800.567.1600, or email email@example.com
For Playwright’s Circle gifts, call Sharon Butler 1.800.561.1233, ext 5635, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For leadership gifts, call Christine Seip at 1.800.561.1233, ext 5630, or email email@example.com
For legacy or planned gifts, call Kathryn McKie at 1.800.561.1233, ext 5640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For corporate gifts, call 416.363.5369
For tribute (in memoriam or in honour gifts), call Cathy Kemp at 1.800.561.1233, ext 5617 or email email@example.com
Gifts of Securities
Many donors now make their donations through a gift of securities. There may be tax benefits associated with donating appreciated securities to the Festival.
Information for our Canadian patrons
Information for our American patrons
IRA Charitable Gift Rollover - NOW extended until December 31, 2014
The IRA charitable rollover allows US taxpayers starting at age 70½ to direct up to $100,000 per year from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to eligible charities – without counting the distributions as income for tax purposes. more...
On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Senate passed the "Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014," (HR 5771) which includes an extension through December 31, 2014 of this popular tax-law provision.
Thus, if you are age 70½ or older and intend to renew your membership or make a donation to a public charity through to Jan 2014, such as the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of America, you might want to consider making your donations from your IRA or Roth IRA. Consider the Advantages
In doing so, you can lower the amount of mandatory IRA withdrawals you will have to make in future years and thus pay tax on. Alternatively, if you do not itemize your return or if you live in a state that doesn’t allow you to itemize charitable donations, you formerly had to pay federal and possibly state tax on your IRA withdrawals for charity. Now you no longer have to. Rollover donations from IRA funds do not enter into calculations of charitable giving thresholds based on income. Also, you do not have to include your donated income distribution as part of either your federal or state income, thus avoiding both types of income tax.
Your tax-free IRA donations may consist of one or more distributions from one or more IRAs, donated to one or more charitable organizations, as long as the total amount does not exceed $100,000 in a year.
In making your donation, it is important to keep in mind that you must not withdraw the funds directly. Rather, the funds must be “rolled over” from your IRA account by the fund administrator to the charities you designate, such as the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of America, and not redeemed or exchanged beforehand. Usually a simple form is all that is needed to effect the transfer.
For more information, or to share with us your intent to make a “rollover gift” to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of America, please contact Kathryn McKie, Planned Giving Manager, at 1.800.561.1233, ext. 5640, or firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 520
Stratford, ON N5A 6V2
Memberships are valid for one year and advantages are personal and non-transferable. Please note that there is limited availability of Member seats at performances designated for student/senior groups. Membership advantages, contribution amounts and ticket offers are subject to change. Tickets subject to availability. Canada Revenue Agency regulations and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) require that we deduct the value of tangible advantages offered in exchange for charitable donations. Some examples of tangible advantages include: complimentary Souvenir Programs, beverages and parking depending on your level of membership. You may forego your advantages and receive a full tax receipt/tax acknowledgement letter by checking the appropriate box when you donate.