You Can Create Extraordinary Opportunities 

As a not-for-profit arts organization, NWT depends on a broad network of public and private support. Accessibility to the arts is a vital part of our mission, so we keep ticket prices affordable. This allows people of all economic means the ability to experience professionally directed, live musical theatre. Only 5% of our costs are covered by box office sales. Your donation enables us to provide on- and off-stage theatre experiences for all people- most especially the youth of our community. Click here for information about our Annual Appeal.

How can you give to NWT?

There are many opportunities to become involved in the life of the theatre. Volunteer, become a donor, audition for a show, attend our special events. Choose how you can help create extraordinary theatre!

Individual Giving

NWT welcomes donors at all levels.  Extraordinary people just like you donate amounts ranging from $1 to $25,000. Financial support from individuals is critical to NWT's ability to carry on its legacy.  For more information, please contact Hans Holznagel.

Community Shares Workplace Giving Program

Community Shares is a collaboration of 38 progressive non-profits working for meaningful change. Shares provides an easy, effective way for people, through gifts at work, to support the social justice missions of their members.

As a member organization of Community Shares, you can support Near West Theatre through the Community Shares campaign at your workplace – simply designate NWT on your pledge card.

When giving through Community Shares, NWT will receive 85% of any contribution you make. To find out more about adding Community Shares to your workplace campaign, call Community Shares at 216-361-9920 or visit their website at:

Become a Benefit Sponsor

You can support NWT by becoming an Official Sponsor of this gala event. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels and offer significant benefits. For additional information, contact Hans Holznagel.

Corporate Giving 

NWT offers a broad range of opportunities to support our work with youth and individuals. Started in 1978 to give youth an alternative to hanging out on the streets, NWT has expanded to provide job readiness and performance training skills through the medium of musical theatre. In 2005, NWT was ranked the top performing arts group in northeast Ohio among organizations with budgets of $1.5 million or less by the Ohio Arts Council. This rating was based on several factors including organizational and financial management. Companies aligning themselves with NWT can be confident that donations are prudently spent. To explore how your company might partner with us, please contact Hans Holznagel.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are a great way to increase your donation. To make a matching gift, follow these steps:

  1. Contact the personnel office at your company to check its Matching Gift policy.
  2. If your company matches gifts, complete a Matching Gift form.  
  3. Mail the form to Near West Theatre, 6516 Detroit Avenue, Suite 9, Cleveland, OH 44102 along with your donation.

Matching gifts often double your giving power- and help NWT meet its goals. Over 1,000 organizations in the United States match their employees' gifts to not-for-profit groups. For more information on supporting us, contact Hans Holznagel.

Near West Theatre's Legacy

Your long-term philanthropic goals can help NWT continue to serve our community for generations. When you make a legacy gift, you create a permanent remembrance--ensuring that your philanthropic goals are fulfilled as well as determining the future for NWT.  For more information, contact Hans Holznagel. Or make an outright gift to our fund at The Cleveland Foundation by clicking here and selecting “Near West Theatre Endowment Fund.”

Donate Online

Click on this link to submit a secure tax-deductible online donation to Near West Theatre through Paypal.

Printable Donation Form

Click Here to download a printable donation form (Adobe PDF format). Please return with your check or credit card information to Near West Theatre, 6516 Detroit Avenue, Suite 9, Cleveland, OH 44102.