Make a Gift – Next Act Theatre

Make a Gift

Next Act Starts with You

Without a doubt, your donation makes our work possible. And, contributions represent more than hard cash. Your gift is a vote of confidence and an expression of trust. We are grateful that you find our intimate brand of theatre meaningful and worthy of your support. Thank you for believing, and investing in Next Act.

Would you rather send us a check? Complete the form below, and return to us along with payment at PO Box 394, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Donors are recognized in our playbills. Next Act Theatre is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

For more information regarding donations, please contact Anne at 414-278-7780.

Additional Ways to Make a Gift

Stock Donation

Donations of stock are accepted. Please call Anne at 414-278-7780 for instructions.

Double Your Gift

Check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program.

A matching gift program directs a company to contribute to an organization that an individual employee supports. Sometimes gifts by retirees, members of the board of directors, and spouses of employees are also eligible.

To have your gift matched, complete and sign your company application and mail it with your donation payment to Next Act Theatre. Not only will you be recognized in our donor listings, but your employer will be recognized as well.

Companies listed below are known to match employee gifts. Check with your benefits manager or Human Resources department for matching policies and restrictions.

Abbott Funds
Aetna Foundation, Inc.
Akzo Nobel
Allegheny International, Inc.
Oster/Sunbeam Co.
Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc.
Allied-Signal Foundation, Inc.
Phillip Morris
American Express
American Transmission Co. LLC
Amoco Corporation
Amsted Industries
AON Foundation
AptarGroup, Inc.
Assurant Health Foundation
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
AXA (F.K.A. Equitable)
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Banc One Corporation
Bank America
Basic American Foods
Baxter International Foundation
BearingPoint Foundation
Becor Western Foundation, Inc.
BF Goodrich
Bitumious Insurance Co.
Brady Corporation
British Petroleum (BP)
Brunswick Foundation, Inc.
Bucyrus-Erie Foundation, Inc.
C & H Distributors, Inc.
Carson Pirie Scott Foundation
Case Corporation
Clarica (U.S.)
CNA Insurance Companies
Computer Associates
Cooper Industries, Inc.

Deluxe Corporation
Eaton Corporation
Ecolab, Inc.
Emerson Electric Co.
Exxon Corporation
Fireman’s Fund Insurance
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.
National Surety Corporation
Fireman’s Fund/McGee
FM Global Foundation
General Electric
GE Healthcare
General Mills Foundation
Giddings & Lewis
Hartford Steamboiler
Home Depot
IBM International
IKON Office Solutions
Illinois Tool Works
Industrial Electric Wire & Cable
Industrial Towel & Uniform
John Hancock Financial Services
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls International, Inc.
JP Morgan Chase Bank
K-Mart Corporation
Kemper Group
Eli Lilly & Company
Lucent Technologies
Markel Corporation
McDonald’s Corporations
Mead Witter
Merck Company
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Miller Brewing Company
Monsanto Fund
Motorola Foundation
National Starch & Chemical
NCR Corporation
Northern Trust Company
Northwest Coatings
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Novartis US
Nuveen Investments

PepsiCo. Foundation
PepsiCo, Inc.
Pfizer, Inc.
PPG Industries, Inc.
Quest Diagnostics
RBC Dain Rauscher
Safeco Insurance Companies
Sara Lee Corporation
SBC Foundation
Sentry Insurance
SPX Corporation
Square D
St. Francis Bank
St. Paul Companies
Strong Financial Corporation
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sundstrand Corporation
Falk Corporation
Sundstrand Service Corporation
TCF National Bank
Textron Inc.
Thomson Financial Services
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Tribune Media Services
United Technologies
US Bancorp
US Oil
Union Pacific Corporation
United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
United Technologies
Washington Mutual
We Energies
WellPoint Foundation
West Bend Mutual
William Wrigley Jr. Co.
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Zurich Kemper

IRA Charitable Distributions

People age 70-1/2 or older may directly contribute funds from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a charity tax free.

Those who qualify can transfer up to $100,000 per year directly from their IRA to a charity, which is tax favored for a number of reasons:

  • A direct transfer does not count as taxable income to the recipient. Your adjusted gross income can impact taxable Social Security, deductible medical or miscellaneous expenses, and Medicare premiums.
  • You do not need to itemize deductions to benefit; the entire amount is tax free to the individual donor.
  • If you make large donations as a percentage of your income, this donation is not limited, other than the $100,000 annual maximum.
  • Assuming the IRA has increased in value, you are donating appreciated assets without paying income taxes on the growth.
  • The IRA distribution counts as a required minimum distribution for the individual.

The key requirements for a direct IRA donation are the following:

  • Individual must be 70½ at the time of the donation.
  • Donation must be from an IRA and not a 401k, pension, or other employer-sponsored retirement plan.
  • Donation must be to an eligible charity (generally a 501(c)3 organization).
  • Donation can be any amount up to $100,000 per year; for married couples, it is $100,000 each.

If you are eligible and interested in learning more, contact your investment advisor. Your advisor may contact Anne at Next Act Theatre, 414-278-7780, for any information they may require.