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During this time of crisis, any financial support can help ensure the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will continue to play an important role in the community. Your support is deeply appreciated.


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With donor support, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater was able to work with forty-eight different organizations last year to create dance, opera, and theater on our stage. Events like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Cardinal Stage’s production of Newsies, and the Indigo Girls concert brought together audiences of all types, resulting in nearly 50,000 visits by community members and 163 days of performances on our stage.

A contribution from you will expand our impact, allowing us to work with more organizations, engage more participants, and bring more opportunities for you to see great shows. Will you join us in supporting the theater today?

The BCT is a cultural & historical gem. I give to ensure that the theater is a vibrant asset for the community and a front door to the arts in Bloomington. — Catherine Dyar

An engaged community is a strong community, and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater plays a key role in bringing people together from all walks of life to express, share, and grow. Please set up a single or recurring donation today, and help us build a community of connection through the experience of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

For those interested in more details, the theater’s mission, programs, and successes can be found on our website, and a Gift Acceptance Policy is available upon request. Contact Philanthropy Director Lily Bonwich at community@buskirkchumley.org or 812-323-3020 ext 3.

Donation Options

  • Make a gift online. Gifts can be made once or scheduled to charge your credit card monthly or quarterly.
  • Mail your donation to 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47408. Checks should be made out to BCT Management, Inc.
  • Include BCT Management, Inc. in your estate plan. See below for more information.
  • Schedule a monthly donation through your online bill-paying system.
  • Make a gift of appreciated stock. Call 812.323.3022 for more information.
  • Designate BCT Management as the benefiting charity when you shop on Amazon/Amazon Smile.
  • Designate BCT Management as the benefiting charity when you use your Kroger Community Rewards card (nonprofit number = AV662)

Donor Benefits

Encore Donors ($2,000+)  Receive a rent-free use of the theater or seats for two at the show of your choice (pending availability) and the benefits listed below.
Marquee Donors ($1,000+)  Receive a one-day use of the marquee for a special announcement and the benefits listed below.
Spotlight Donors ($500+)  Receive an engraved chair arm to create a lasting legacy at the BCT and the benefits listed below.
Standing Ovation Donors ($250+)  Receive a set of BCT note cards and the benefits listed below.
Applause Donors ($100+)  Receive invitation to donor appreciation events and the benefits listed below.
Cast Member Donors ($50+)  Receive early access to tickets for BCT Presents events and recognition in our programs and annual reports.
Understudy (up to $50)  Receive a heartfelt thank you from our staff and Board of Directors.

Pre-Sale Access
All donors who make a gift of at least $50 are eligible to purchase tickets during the pre-sale period for BCT Presents performances, which in recent years have included Rhiannon Giddens, Tig Notaro, and Rufus Wainwright. You will receive an email when the pre-sale period begins, and purchases can be made online, over the phone, or in our box office. Donation benefits last for 365 days.

Save Your Seat
More than half of the armrests in the theater are already engraved with names of BCT supporters. Your name can be among them when you make a gift of $500 or more. You can also engrave an armrest in honor of someone else; they make wonderful wedding, anniversary, and birthday gifts.

Make a Gift Through Your Estate Plan

You can help to ensure that the BCT’s programming and services continue far into the future by including us in your estate plan. The two easiest options are listed here, but many more options are available. Consult your legal or financial adviser for more information.

Bequests: Giving to the BCT through your will or trust is one of the simplest ways to make an estate-plan gift. When making a bequest, you might want to use this sample language: I hereby leave [percentage of estate/dollar amount/residue of estate/percentage of residue] of my estate to BCT Management, Inc., a nonprofit corporation in Bloomington, Indiana (EIN: 35-2146138), to be used for the benefit of the organization in such manner as the Board of Directors may elect.

Retirement Beneficiary: Because retirement plan assets are subject to heavy taxation, they are popular for charitable giving. If your IRA, TIAA-CREF, 401k, or other qualified plan passes through your estate, your heirs must pay income tax as they receive distributions. As a tax-exempt organization, BCT Management, Inc. will benefit from 100% of your retirement asset donation. Consider leaving a percentage – from 1% to 100% – of your retirement assets to BCT Management, Inc. or naming BCT Management, Inc. as an alternative or contingent beneficiary on your plan.

For more information about how your financial support can benefit Bloomington’s Community Theater, contact Executive Director Jonah Crismore: director@buskirkchumley.org or 812.323.3022.

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