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Why Donate to Center for Puppetry Arts

As a 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 200,000 on-site visitors; engages learners from 90 countries around the world through Digital 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.
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


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.

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 Sarah Dylla at 404.881.5120 or email

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 Sarah Dylla at 404.881.5120 or email

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 Sarah Dylla at 404.881.5120 or email

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

Puppet Donation

How to Donate Puppets to the Museum

The Center for Puppetry Arts appreciates your interest in donating puppets. The museum seeks to collect examples of historic global puppetry, unique modern puppetry, and pieces that have been created and performed by artists in the field of puppetry. The Center does not currently accept mass-produced puppets, toys, or collectibles at this time, including Pelham puppets.

All potential donations to the museum’s permanent collection must be approved by our Acquisitions Committee, formed from the Center’s Museum Advisory Board. While the museum seeks to add items to the collection that serve current and future exhibition purposes, the museum does not guarantee that items donated will be displayed on exhibit. If items are not accepted for our permanent collection, donors may wish to offer these pieces to our Educational Department for use in outreach programming.

Donors will be required to sign a Deed of Gift transferring full ownership of the item(s) to the Center. Fractional interest in an object, whereby the donor retains a percentage of ownership, is not permissible. 

The Center for Puppetry Arts cannot provide information regarding the value of items, including items for donation or items accepted into the collection. We recommend the American Society of Appraisers or the Certified Appraisers Guild.

For more information about donating a puppet, please email

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 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 Sarah Dylla at 404.881.5120 or email

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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