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I've never left a Barter production without feeling better about the world.

Dean EdwardsBarter Theatre Patron

Barter Theatre is deeply honored by the support of hundreds of individuals and institutions. It is through the generosity of these supporters that we are able to reach nearly 163,000 audience members each year. We gratefully acknowledge the gifts and partnerships provided by these donors.

Barter Theatre’s Annual Fund for Artistic Excellence helps sustain everything you cherish about Barter as a hub of artistic vitality, educational innovation, economic strength and regional pride.

Because ticket sales generate only 65% of Barter’s income, we rely on investment in the Annual Fund by individuals, the business community, foundations and government entities. In return, your tax-deductible gift supports our life-changing mission throughout our region.

For more information, please contact Katherine Foreman, Senior Advancement Officer.
276-619-3304
majorgifts@bartertheatre.com

Individual Donations

Through Barter’s Annual Fund for Artistic Excellence, your generosity helps create the extraordinary experiences you cherish at the nation’s longest running professional theatre. Donations are considered a tax-deductible gift. No contribution is too small, and we welcome payment plans.

There are many ways for an individual to support Barter Theatre. We accept donations of stock and matching donations from employers. We also offer nameplates on seats and gifts in honor of a loved one. Please contact us for information on more ways you can give to Barter Theatre!

Thank you for making Barter Theatre a priority in your life.

Click here to view donor benefits!

Corporate and Foundation Contributions

Extraordinary partnerships create extraordinary theatre.

Corporate and community partners provide essential support for Barter Theatre’s productions, educational programs, capital campaigns and special events. As the region’s leading arts and cultural organization, we provide unique value to your company, employees and community.

Benefits include:
Complimentary invitations to opening nights and galas
Complimentary tickets for employees and clients
Discounted tickets for your employees
Exclusive behind-the-scenes access for recruits and VIPs
Recognition in curtain speeches
Recognition in Publications
Recognition on Website

Barter welcomes relationships with businesses of all sizes. Let us work with you to customize benefits that best fit your organization’s goals and needs. For information, please contact Barter Theatre’s Director of Corporate and Government Relations.

Jackie
276-619-3303
advancementmgr@bartertheatre.com

To learn about foundation support for Barter, please contact our Advancement Officer for Institutional Relations at grants@bartertheatre.com.

The Porterfield Society exists to support Barter's goals for both the present and the future, and to keep the marvelous story of Barter and its founder alive.

Evelyn CookFounding Member

The Porterfield Society

Barter’s future is made secure through planned gifts that help create “a community of tradition, a sense of a link between the generations,” as Barter’s founder, Robert Porterfield, so aptly expressed. Members of The Porterfield Society provide permanent and lasting support of Barter Theatre through deferred gift planning.

Gifts to The Porterfield Society include:
Bequests by will or trust
Contributions of real estate
Beneficiary designations of life insurance policies and retirement accounts
Gifts providing lifetime income (such as charitable gift annuities).

For more information on how you can provide future generations with the Barter experience, please contact our Senior Advancement Officer, Katherine Foreman.

Amazon Smile

You can also support Barter through AmazonSmile. Start here and go directly to Barter’s AmazonSmile account.

Facebook Birthdays and Donations

Because Barter Theatre is a non-profit organization, you can choose Barter Theatre as your Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook. We also use Facebook as a way to promote events and campaigns, so we appreciate your super there as well!

Proposed Barter Theatre Specialty License Plate

Help us meet our goal of collecting the 450 prepaid applications by early December to be able to introduce a bill in the 2019 Session of the Virginia General Assembly!

Please mail the completed pre-order form and a check ($25 for a standard plate, $35 for a personalized plate) made payable to Barter Theatre to:
Barter Theatre
ATTN: Erika Goad, Grants Manager
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212

Barter Theatre plans to have a new specialty license plate available from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in 2019 or 2020. The proposed plate design is shown above. The specialty plate will cost $25 annually for a standard plate and $35 annually for a personalized plate.

As a revenue share plate, the Commonwealth of Virginia will share a portion of the annual plate fees with Barter Theatre. Since its founding 85 years ago, Barter Theatre — the State Theatre of Virginia — has been a cultural mainstay in southwest Virginia and the central Appalachian region. The funds from the sale of license plates will help further Barter Theatre’s mission of “Enriching Lives Through Extraordinary Theatre,” including artistic productions and educational activities.

The pre-order applications and plate fees must be sent to Barter Theatre (not to the DMV) and Barter will hold the fees in a non-interest bearing bank account until a minimum of 450 pre-order applications have been received. Once we have collected at least 450 prepaid applications for the new plate, a bill will be submitted to the Virginia General Assembly to designate the plate as an official Virginia license plate. After the General Assembly approves the plate, the collected fees will be transferred from the bank account to the DMV for processing.

For more information, contact our advancement team.

Due to a temporary issue with some browsers and our online ticketing provider, you may experience trouble with online donations. If you are experience issues, please call us at 276-628-3991 or you can mail in a donation at the following address:

Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212

Thank you for your patience while we work to improve!

Your Support Makes a Difference

Give through a one-time gift or monthly below

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Who is Being Recognized?
Your benefits package includes:
Producer ($10,000+)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Usher concierge service at performances
  • Invitations to company parties
  • Additional customized benefits available upon request
Director ($5,000-$9,999)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Access to a VIP hotline for reservations
  • VIP Will-Call for tickets & intermission concessions
  • follow the creation of a production from start to finish
Stage Manager ($2,500-$4,999)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • VIP parking
  • invitation to a dress rehearsal
Leading Role ($1,750-$2,499)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitations for two complimentary seats at each opening performance at Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre and Stage II, including galas
Scene Stealer ($1,200-$1,749)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitation to watch the set being changed between performances
  • a production mini-poster signed by the cast
Supporting Role ($500-$1,199)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • unlimited use of 15% discount for Barter’s Gift Shop & concessions (non-alcohol)
Understudy ($250-$499)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitation to Theatre Thursdays, a luncheon & discussion series giving you an insider’s view of Barter Theatre
  • invitation to the 2020 season preview event
Player ($100-$249)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Behind the scenes tour
Curtain Raiser ($50-$99)
  • listing in the souvenir program
  • biannual donor e-newsletter
  • window decal
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Give a Monthly Gift to Barter
$5/month
$10/month
$25/month
$45/month
$100/month
$150/month
$210/month
$420/month
$834/month
Your benefits package includes:
Producer
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Usher concierge service at performances
  • Invitations to company parties
  • Additional customized benefits available upon request
Director
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Access to a VIP hotline for reservations
  • VIP Will-Call for tickets & intermission concessions
  • follow the creation of a production from start to finish
Stage Manager
  • All previous tiers plus
  • VIP parking
  • invitation to a dress rehearsal
Leading Role
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitations for two complimentary seats at each opening performance at Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre and Stage II, including galas
Scene Stealer
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitation to watch the set being changed between performances
  • a production mini-poster signed by the cast
Supporting Role
  • All previous tiers plus
  • unlimited use of 15% discount for Barter’s Gift Shop & concessions (non-alcohol)
Understudy
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitation to Theatre Thursdays, a luncheon & discussion series giving you an insider’s view of Barter Theatre
  • invitation to the 2020 season preview event
Player
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Behind the scenes tour
Curtain Raiser
  • listing in the souvenir program
  • biannual donor e-newsletter
  • window decal
Donate

Meet Our Team

Katherine Foreman, Senior Advancement Officer
276.619.3304
majorgifts@bartertheatre.com

Jacqueline Blevins-Johnson, Senior Advancement Manager
276.619.3303
advancementmgr@bartertheatre.com

Elizabeth Hickman, Advancement Associate
276.619.3315
advancementassoc@bartertheatre.com

Erika Goad, Grants Manager
276.619.3314
grants@bartertheatre.com

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212