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Why Donate to Center for Puppetry Arts

As 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Center for Puppetry Arts relies on your tax-deductible donations to share our collection and programs throughout the world. Each year, with your help, the Center opens its doors to more than 160,000 on-site visitors; engages nearly 17,000 learners around the world through Distance Learning programs; and reaches thousands more through community outreach programs.

In short, your donation toward the Center’s operating costs will provide critical funds where they’re needed most. Thank you!

Popular Ways to Support the Center

There are numerous ways to donate. Pick a specific fund, give a general donation or offer. Simply pick the donation type that sounds best to you. If you have questions, Contact the Development Office at 404.881.5118.
General Fund
These donations go to our general programming, including educational programs and productions.
Field Trip Fund
With your help, we offer over 70,000 deeply discounted (sometimes free) tickets each year to school and community groups, so all kids can enjoy our arts-infused education programs.

Museum Acquisition Fund
These donations made in honor of the Center’s main collector and contributor, Nancy Staub, go toward growing our collection of puppets from around the world.
Amazon Smile Fund
Thanks to the Amazon Smile program, you can help the Center at no additional cost to you! Simply visit smile.amazon.com, select the Center for Puppetry Arts as your chosen charity, then do your usual shopping.
Thanks to Your Field Trip Donations

Without the…school discount you provided, I’m pretty sure very few of our parents could afford for their child to go. We’re very appreciative. Today was the first time most (if not all) of our students have been to the Center and they all want to go back!

Kindergarten Teacher, Birney Elementary School

The Best Field Trip Ever

Dear Puppetry Center, Thank you for that puppet show. My favorite part was making the puppets. I really love watching the Billy Goats Gruff and other tales. You people made this the best field trip I ever had.

Kevonna, a student

TEACHERS LOVE US

Thank you so much for the amazing experience…. We’re so impressed with the Center for Puppetry Arts’ level of commitment toward making the experience enjoyable for all students.

Michelle, The Lionheart School

Other Ways to Give

Enduring Donations

Give Monthly

Set it and forget it!

Monthly donors provide ongoing, critical support for the Center’s operations – from hands-on educational workshops, to awe-inspiring performances, to one-of-a-kind Museum exhibitions.

Making a monthly gift is a convenient way to have a very real impact on the lives of those who engage with the Center’s programs.

Your monthly donation also helps the Center to plan ahead and budget more efficiently throughout the year. Best of all, you can adjust or cancel your monthly gift easily at any time.

Featured Creature

Get a Nameplate on the Wall

“Featured Creatures” are personalized puppet nameplates installed right on the Center’s wall!

Each nameplate is digitally printed with an image of a puppet from the Global Collection or the Jim Henson Collection, along with your inscription or dedication. You and your loved ones will be able to see your personal nameplate every time you visit the Center!

If you wish, the Center can send a notification of your gift and nameplate dedication to your honoree or their family. Your Featured Creatures donation of $250 (for a 4×4-inch nameplate) or $1,000 (for a 9×9-inch nameplate) is fully tax-deductible and supports the Center’s Worlds of Puppetry Museum.

Name a Seat

Make Your Mark on the Center’s Mainstage Theater

Honor or memorialize your favorite theater-goer by naming a seat after them in the Center’s Mainstage Theater. 

Your seat sponsorship gift of $250 is fully tax-deductible and will support the Center’s daily operations. This is the perfect birthday or holiday gift for the puppetry aficionado in your life!

Memory Gifts

Honor a Loved One and Continue Their Legacy

You can make a gift in honor or in memory of someone anytime, in any amount. Upon your request, we will also notify the recipient that you have made a gift in their honor.

To send a tribute or memorial gift by mail, send your check made out to Center for Puppetry Arts to the following address: Attn: Development, Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Be sure to include the address of the person you are honoring or memorializing if you’d like us to send a notification. 

Matching Gifts

Double Your Impact!

Many companies will match charitable donations or the tax-deductible portion of your Center Membership!

Find out if your company offers a matching gift program by contacting your Human Resources Department. Then contact the Center to set up your matching donation.

Naming Gifts

Perfect for Larger Sponsorships

For those who wish to showcase their support of the Center by naming a Center space or exhibition, the Center offers a variety of naming opportunities.

For more information and pricing, please contact Kerry Ayers-Smith at 404.881.5118 or email kerryayerssmith@puppet.org.

Stock Gifts

Give Stocks or Securities and Increase Your Tax Benefit

The Center welcomes gifts of appreciated securities, such as stocks and mutual funds. In fact, these gifts may provide you with a greater tax benefit than an equivalent cash gift.

For more details on how to make your stock gift, including stock transfer instructions, please contact Kerry Ayers-Smith at 404.881.5118 or email Kerry Ayres-Smith.

Planned Gifts

Make the Center for Puppetry Arts Part of Your Own Legacy

Has the Center for Puppetry Arts played an important role in your life? If so, consider making a planned gift, to ensure that your generosity leaves a lasting impact for years to come.

By leaving the Center in your will or living trust, or by designating the Center as a beneficiary of your life insurance plan or retirement plan, you’ll help future generations of children and arts lovers engage with the Center.

Making a planned gift is easier than you might think – and planned gifts offer flexibility as well as tax benefits for your estate.

For more details on how to make your planned gift,  please contact Kerry Ayers-Smith at 404.881.5118 or email kerryayressmith@puppet.org.

Donate Auction Items

Our annual fundraiser is promoted to 350+ attendees and our entire email list. Donating auction items is a great way to get publicity for your business and support a great cause! To donate, contact us or call 404.881.5118. Items include:

  • Chef’s dinners, wine tastings and gift cards
  • Vacations and behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Jewelry, art, and other luxury goods
  • Sports tickets or autographed memorabilia
Other Non-Monetary Donations

Donate Goods, Services & More

Museum Puppets

How to Donate Puppets to the Museum

Our Museum accepts donations of puppets only if it intends to accession them into its collections. We must be very selective to ensure that objects acquired are appropriate to the collection’s mission statement and can be properly cared for and displayed.

A sub-committee formed from the Center’s Museum Advisory board will determine whether to accept Museum pieces. Fractional interest in an object, whereby the donor retains a percentage of ownership, is not acceptable.

Both the donor and an authorized representative of the Center must sign a deed of gift for transferring full ownership of the item(s) to the Center.

For more information about donating a puppet, email museum@puppet.org.

Educational Puppets

How to Donate Puppets for Educational Purposes

The Center offers engaging workshops, residencies, and live video conferencing programs to allow learners of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the art of puppetry. 

Puppets accepted as donations into the Education and/or Distance Learning Department collections will be used in these hands-on, curriculum-based presentations. 

To support learning in the best possible way, our needs are specific and our standards for donations high, so please DO provide photographs and detailed identification (country of origin, artist/builder, materials out of which the puppet is made, age of puppet/date puppet was built, and condition of puppet) when submitting your donation inquiry.

For more information about donating a puppet, email museum@puppet.org.

Goods & Services

Our Goods & Services Wish List

Running a puppet theater, museum, and educational center takes a lot of supplies! We gratefully accept donated goods or services (i.e. in-kind donations). Our wish list includes:

  • Gift Cards for groceries, gas, office supplies, and construction supplies. (Ex. Office Depot, Target, The Home Depot, Publix, and Amazon)
  • Office supplies such as pens, Sharpies, tape, post-it notes, glue, and more
  • Puppet workshop supplies such as masking tape, foam shapes, construction paper, “magic” erasers, crayons, markers, and glue sticks (contact education@puppet.org for specific needs).

Remember, in-kind gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law! To coordinate a pick-up or drop-off of your in-kind donation, please contact Kerry Ayers-Smith at 404.881.5118 or email kerryayressmith@puppet.org.

Gift Policy

Gift Acceptance Policy:

Acceptance of auction items is subject to the Center’s approval and discretion. The Center for Puppetry Arts solicits and accepts gifts that are consistent with its mission and that support its core programs, as well as special projects.

Donations and other forms of support will generally be accepted from individuals, partnerships, corporations, foundations, government agencies, or other entities, subject to the following limitations: useable condition and of use to the Center; delivered to the Center; proof of ownership; and fits the brand of the Center.

Gifts of real property, personal property or securities may only be accepted upon approval of the Finance Committee and, if appropriate, the Executive Committee.

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