Give a Piece of History

Thank you for your interest and support of the historic Lerner Theatre. As a not-for-profit, Our success and continued growth requires the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations. By making a tax-deducible gift to The Lerner, you're helping sustain a vibrant cultural life in the Michiana region. Every time you make a donation or purchase a ticket or subscription, you support us in our mission to provide and promote theatre excellence!

Contributions in any amount are welcome and make a difference. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law. You may add a gift to your ticket order, call the Box Office to contribute or mail a contribution to: DONATION 410 S. Main Street Elkhart, IN 46516.

Through numerous opportunities, you can create a lasting legacy!


Outright Gifts

Gifts of cash allow donors to receive full tax benefits to the extent allowed by law.


Pledges are a way of making a commitment now to the capital campaign, spreading payments over a period of time. While most pledges are for a three-year period, longer-term (up to five years) pledges can be arranged depending on the size of the gift.

Gifts of Securities

An attractive option for donors is through gifts of appreciated securities. Gifts of this type may provide greater tax advantages than gifts of cash. The donor can deduct the current fair market value as a charitable gift and completely avoid any capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Deferred Gifts/Planned Giving

The Lerner has a bequest and deferred gift program to accommodate the forethought of such donors. "Planned gifts" are gifts that are created now, yet fully realized at a later date, such as through a will, a gift of life insurance, or setting up a charitable-remainder trust. Many planned gifts provide income to the donor, spouse and children for life, and still allow a significant gift to The Lerner. Donors interested in this option should consult with their attorney or financial advisor.

Endowment Fund

Now that the renovation is complete, we will need funds to secure top-notch experience. If you are interested in giving a sustaining contribution, please indicate so on any of the above gifts.

Matching Gifts

Where appropriate, those who wish to enhance the value of a gift are encouraged to contact their employer to determine if a corporate matching program is in place.

Corporate Sponsorships

The Lerner is pleased to offer corporations the opportunity to enhance their presence in the community and offer their employees, clients, and customers a wide variety of benefits and services. At The Lerner our approach to corporate sponsorship is to tailor packages that suit our partners to maximize the potential benefits for all those involved. Click here for more details.

If you are interested in any of the above donation options, please click here or call the Elkhart County Community Foundation at 574-295-8761 (