Individual & Planned Giving

Individual Giving: Friends of the Shubert

As a donor to the Shubert Theatre, you play an important role in raising the critical 20% of donations that are needed to keep this historical theater open and support our Education and Outreach programs.

When you give to the Annual Giving Fund, you will become a Friend of the Shubert and help to ensure that the Shubert Theatre continues to reach a more diverse audience and provide educational opportunities and access to children and adults from underserved neighborhoods in the community.

Friends of the Shubert Giving Levels

  • Friend: $50
  • Sustainer: $100
  • Backer: $250
  • Producer: $500
  • Benefactor: $1,000
  • Society of 1914: $1,914
  • Galaxy Circle: $3,500
  • Director’s Circle: $5,000
  • Leadership Circle: $10,000
  • Signature Circle: $20,000+

Here's how you can become a Friend of the Shubert

  • Donate Online
  • Contribute by mail to:
    • Shubert Theatre
      Development Department
      247 College Street
      New Haven, Connecticut 06510

For additional information, please contact Nick Bussett at 203-773-4339 |

Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts are a simple and effective way to double ­or even triple ­ your gift. Simply enclose a completed form provided by your employer with your gift or pledge.

Planned Giving

Planned giving ensures the future of this important historic and cultural asset and the presentation of the finest performing arts, vital education and community programs.

Through charitable estate planning, you and your family can support the Shubert Theatre while receiving financial and philanthropic benefits. Learn how you can keep this essential beacon in our community alive today, tomorrow and for generations to come in a manner that is consistent with your financial goals.

The Rewards of Funding a Gift

For the Shubert, you'll allow us to further support the arts. And for you, the benefits vary depending on what assets you use to fund your gift:

The Gift of Cash

It's the easiest way to give and offers tax-deductible advantages in the year in which you contribute.

The Gift of Securities

Donating long-term appreciated securities offers two rewarding benefits. You can deduct the present market value of your gift; in addition, you will owe no tax on the appreciation in value. If you have securities on which you have a loss, you could sell them and then donate the proceeds to the Shubert. The benefit for you is that your loss deduction will offset any gains in sales, and of course, you'll enjoy the emotional rewards of your charitable donation.

Keep in mind, 30 percent of your adjusted gross income is the limit on deductibility in any tax year -- any excess is deductible over the next five years.


The greatest numbers of planned gifts made to charities are in the form of charitable bequests, which transfers assets upon a donor's death by means of a will or a trust.

Life Income Plans

A gift through a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust will provide income to you and benefit the Shubert Theater.

Charitable Lead Trust

A gift through a lead trust will provide income to the Shubert during your lifetime while eventually passing assets on to your heirs.

Life Insurance or Retirement Plan Bequest

By designating the Shubert as a beneficiary of a life insurance or retirement plan when making a charitable bequest may offer significant tax savings to your estate.

We hope that you will notify the Shubert of plans to include us in your estate plans to give us the opportunity to thank you and recognize your generosity.

The information on this website is not intended as legal or financial advice. The Shubert strongly encourages you to discuss this, and any, planned giving option with your attorney and/or financial advisor.