GIVING weekend

Giving Weekend is a special time in July for alumni, parents, students, families, neighbors, artistic teams, and staff to come together with the shared goal of bridging the gap between where we are and where we need to be. Your generosity doesn’t just fill financial holes; it bridges the gap between uncertainty and stability, ensuring our staff can focus on what they do best: guiding and mentoring students towards their brightest futures. Every student has a light inside them – help us help them Shine Bright!

We’re seeking a benevolent donor to partner with us in matching donations. Your support will not only double the impact of every contribution but also empower young talents to shine brightly on stage. Let’s cultivate creativity, confidence, and character in our youth through the magic of theater. Will you be the guiding light that amplifies the impact of giving to First Act Theatre Arts? Interested? Email Grant Golson at grant@firstactkc.org!

Giving Weekend is a special time in July for alumni, parents, students, families, neighbors, artistic teams, and staff to come together with the shared goal of bridging the gap between where we are and where we need to be. Your generosity doesn’t just fill financial holes; it bridges the gap between uncertainty and stability, ensuring our staff can focus on what they do best: guiding and mentoring students towards their brightest futures. Every student has a light inside them – help us help them Shine Bright!

We’re seeking a benevolent donor to partner with us in matching donations. Your support will not only double the impact of every contribution but also empower young talents to shine brightly on stage. Let’s cultivate creativity, confidence, and character in our youth through the magic of theater. Will you be the guiding light that amplifies the impact of giving to First Act Theatre Arts? Interested? Email Grant Golson at grant@firstactkc.org!

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Last year, we raised $10,000 for our Scholarship Fund. Over the past year, we have distributed almost all of those funds to students in need. This year, we’ve set our goal even higher. With your help, we are going to raise $15,000 to help rebuild our Scholarship Fund and support general operating costs.

We are also launching our Monthly Giving Program – Star Supporters! This group of monthly donors will have access to exclusive benefits like 10% off all single ticket purchases, early access to ticket sales, and their name on the Wall of Stars! To be a part of this exclusive group, when you make your donation, click MONTHLY! Your Giving Level Benefits will reflect a year’s worth of monthly gifts.

Exclusive Offer: Join First Act Star Supporters by making a monthly donation of $20 or more during Giving Weekend and receive a professionally printed First Act Theatre Arts academic calendar featuring photos from the 2023-2024 season! It’s our way of saying THANK YOU for supporting First Act Theatre Arts Scholarships & Operating Expenses. Please give us 3-5 weeks to deliver.

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Last year, we raised $10,000 for our Scholarship Fund. Over the past year, we have distributed almost all of those funds to students in need. This year, we’ve set our goal even higher. With your help, we are going to raise $15,000 to help rebuild our Scholarship Fund and support general operating costs.

We are also launching our Monthly Giving Program – Star Supporters! This group of monthly donors will have access to exclusive benefits like 10% off all single ticket purchases, early access to ticket sales, and their name on the Wall of Stars! To be a part of this exclusive group, when you make your donation, click MONTHLY! Your Giving Level Benefits will reflect a year’s worth of monthly gifts.

Giving Day FAQs

Mark your calendar for First Act KC’s second annual Giving Weekend on July 26-28, 2024!

When we come together to give, we have the power to transform: transform student lives, families, and our greater community – by providing access to quality theatrical arts education and participation regardless of financial situation.

What is First Act’s Giving Weekend?

First Act’s Giving Weekend is a special fundraising event dedicated to raising essential funds to support First Act Theatre Arts. This event is focused on addressing the significant budget gap caused by the pandemic, rising production costs, and unprecedented inflation. The funds raised will help empower our dedicated staff to continue delivering exceptional theatre education and nurture the talents of our young performers. 

When is First Act’s Giving Weekend?

First Act KC Giving Weekend will take place July 26-28, 2024 alongside our High School Master Camp production of Curtains. We will be accepting donations toward our goal from curtain up on Friday, July 26th at 7pm to curtain close on Sunday, July 28th. 

How will my gift help?

By covering essential general expenses, your donation will enable us to maintain our high-quality programs, create more opportunities for students to shine on stage, and foster a vibrant, creative community. Every gift, whether one-time or as part of our monthly giving program, helps sustain the magic of theatre for our students and the broader community, ensuring that the transformative power of the arts remains accessible to all.

How can I help spread the word?

Invite your friends and family to come see Curtains! Share why you love First Act on social media, or send an email to people you think would be interested in supporting our goal. Share our posts about Giving Day on social media! 

Who can participate in First Act’s Giving Weekend?

Anyone! Parents, community members, friends and family are all encouraged to support First Act Theatre Arts on this special Giving Weekend! The gifts of many will be combined to ensure that our dedicated staff can keep inspiring and nurturing talent, while our students continue to shine bright on stage and beyond.

What if I’ve already made a gift to First Act KC this year?

Thank you for your gift! We are blessed by every gift. Another gift of just $10 or more will help us reach our goal for Giving Weekend, and we encourage you to participate in other ways as well! Share your First Act KC story using the hashtag #FAKCGivingWeekend.
You can also help us by sharing our social media posts during our 48 hours of giving!

What’s this I hear about a First Act Calendar?

What you heard is true! Those who join our new Monthly Giving Program, Star Supporters, at $20+/month during Giving Weekend will receive a complimentary, professionally printed academic year calendar featuring professional photos from our most recent season. Become a Star Supporter by visiting firstactkc.org/giving-day, or call the First Act office at (913) 681-3318. Make your first monthly gift by 7pm on Sunday, July 28th, and your calendar will be delivered within two weeks after the event. 

Is there a minimum gift amount?

Yes, the minimum gift amount is $10. We have credit card processing fees and administrative costs to cover, but we’ve kept it as low as we can so everyone can participate. Gifts of any amount make a difference and will be counted toward our First Act KC Giving Weekend total.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, all gifts made through First Act Theatre Arts are tax deductible. First Act Theatre Arts is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization.

Can I make a gift by mail?

Of course! We encourage you to support First Act Theatre Arts any time by mail, but we must receive your gift, specifically designated for Giving Weekend, by 7pm on Sunday, July 28th. Please mail it by July 15th to be counted toward the weekend’s totals. Mail to:
First Act Theatre Arts, 6800 W. 153rd St., Suite A, Overland Park, KS 66223.

Is it safe to make a gift online?

Yes, please don’t worry. Gifts made through the First Act Theatre Arts website are safe and secure.