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Olney Theatre Center

Here are some of the ways you can support Olney Theatre Center!

Cash Gifts
Olney Theatre Center is a not-for-profit professional theatre. We depend on the generosity of individuals like you as well as public and private organizations to help us sustain and develop our artistic, educational and cultural mission. Your cash gift underwrites production, programming, and operating costs. Learn more about individual giving and corporate giving opportunities.

IRA Rollovers
On December 18th, President Obama signed a law that retroactively extended the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and made this provision permanent for the future. Up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs annually to charitable organizations and recognized as donations. 

If you are 70½ or over and have not yet taken your mandatory distribution from your IRA this year, you might want to consider a gift from your IRA to Olney Theatre Center before December 31, 2015. To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift, but distribute them directly from an IRA to qualified charities. Please check with your IRA administrator or your financial advisor for more information.

Pledges and Recurring Gifts
Gift installments scheduled over months or years allow donors to continue their support in an affordable and flexible manner.

Memory & Honor Gifts
Giving a gift in memory of a loved one or in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion is a unique way to pay tribute to an individual while supporting Olney's mission. Donate Now

The Gertrude Poe Opening Night Fund
Beloved friend and philanthropist Trudy Poe (1915-2017) helped make Olney Theatre what it is today through her great generosity and constant advocacy. Trudy's friends and family have established the The Gertrude Poe Opening Night Fund at Olney Theatre Center to commemorate her legacy and celebrate the scucess of each new show as it opens, the way Trudy would have wanted. To donate to the fund, contact Wes Meekins at 301.924.4485, ext. 130 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Naming Opportunities
Give a gift that will become a permanent part of Olney Theatre Center for all to see.  Naming opportunities can include placing the name of your choice on our: beautiful theatre seats, garden benches placed throughout the campus, dressing rooms, landscaping, lobby and other major public spaces.

Employee Matching Gifts
Many employers match donations to charitable organizations for their employees, retirees and family members. Employer matching gifts can double your donation to Olney Theatre Center. To initiate a matching gift, check with the personnel or human resources department at your employer. If the employer uses a Matching Gift form, please complete and send it to:  Wesley Meekins, Development Dept., Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney- Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832.

Gifts of Stock
Olney Theatre Center accepts gifts of publicly-traded stocks and bonds at fair market values as determined under Internal Revenue Service rules. Gifts of publicly-traded securities will be sold as soon as possible. We will be happy to provide directions to you or your stock broker to facilitate stock transfers.

Planned Giving
You may choose to make Olney Theatre Center part of your trust, bequest, or endowment. Planned gifts ensure the continuation of our artistic productions and outreach programs and create your own legacy of support.

Amazon Smile
You can support Olney Theatre Center while you shop! Through the Amazon Smile program, Olney Theatre Center will received .5% of the cost of your eligible purchases. To shop through Amazon Smile, click here and choose Olney Theatre Center as your Supporting Charity.

In-kind Donations
In-kind donations are contributions of goods or services, other than cash. Due to limited storage space, not all items can be accepted, so please contact the Development Department to see if we can accept donations of furniture, office supplies or equipment.

For general inquiries, please contact Wesley Meekins at 301.924.4485 ext. 130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Olney Theatre Corporation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your personal financial advisor. A copy of our financial statement is available upon request by contacting Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Maryland 20832 or by calling 301.924.4485. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Maryland Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.