Imagination Stage

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Imagination Stage’s work is informed by our core mission to offer theatre and arts education experiences that nourish children’s imaginations, inspire them to embrace the complexity and diversity of their world, and help them to overcome their challenges through hope, courage, and, above all, creativity.


We believe that every child needs the arts in their life. Arts participation offers a valuable tool for promoting understanding, facilitating learning, building awareness, increasing self-esteem, spurring critical thinking, providing appropriate outlets for emotion and quite simply for enjoyment.


Your support isn’t just an investment in our future, but a gift that will make a powerful impact today.

The Friends Circle

We rely on the generosity of our circle of donors to sustain the productions and programs that play such an important role in the lives of young people. You and your contribution truly makes a difference.



The 2024 Annual Gala: Celebrating the Women Who Made Imagination Stage will be on Friday, May 10, 2024, at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. The Annual Gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and all funds raised support our professional theatre and arts education programs.


Join us as we celebrate Founding Artistic Director Janet Stanford’s extraordinary contributions to Imagination Stage over the past 30 years, along with those of other women who made Imagination Stage into the youth arts powerhouse it is today.

a group of young people marching with smiling faces. They are dressed in costumes from 1920s newspaper sellers.

More Ways To Support

Online And Monthly

Donating online or setting up a monthly gift is an easy way to make a lasting and meaningful impact for Imagination Stage. Once your monthly gift is set up, you won’t need to worry about donating – we’ll take care of it for you, and you can cancel at any time. 


Make a one-time gift today, or set up a recurring monthly gift that is right for you, by using our

online donation form.


To send a check or money order made payable to Imagination Stage, please use the following address: 

Imagination Stage
Development Department
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814



Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

As an IRS-qualified public charity, Imagination Stage is eligible to receive donations through donor-advised funds. 

Donor-advised funds are the fastest-growing charitable giving vehicle in the United States because they are one of the easiest and most tax-advantageous ways to give to charity. 


With a donor-advised fund, you can let your contributions of cash, stocks, or other assets grow untaxed — maximizing your impact for Imagination Stage. 


Contact your adviser at your DAF-sponsoring organization, and recommend Imagination Stage as an organization to support through your donor-advised fund. Or, click here to learn more about donor-advised funds, and set one up today. 


Imagination Stage is a 501(c)3 organization (#52-1164889). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We encourage you to consult with your attorney or financial adviser to learn more about this option. 

Employer Matching

Many companies will match their employees’ gifts to Imagination Stage to double (or even triple) the impact of your donation! Some companies will also match the gifts of spouses, surviving spouses, and retirees. 


Contact your employer’s Human Resources department to learn about their matching gift program.


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Stocks and Bonds

Donating your stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to Imagination Stage is a great way to earn tax benefits and make a bigger impact when you give. By donating assets directly, and avoiding capital gains tax, your contribution to Imagination Stage can increase by up to 20%. 


To transfer stocks or bonds to Imagination Stage, please use the following account information:


Account Name: Imagination Stage Inc. (through PNC INVESTMENTS, LLC) Account #: 005-483809 


Imagination Stage is a 501(c)3 organization (#52-1164889). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We encourage you to consult with your attorney or financial adviser to learn more about this option.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

Do you have an individual retirement account (IRA)? Did you know you can make a tax-deductible gift directly from your account to Imagination Stage? 


A gift from your IRA allows you to utilize your required minimum distribution (RMD), and reduce your taxable income. 


Contact your IRA administrator and request that a “qualified charitable deduction” be sent directly to Imagination Stage. Or, click here to learn more about how you can give directly from your IRA. 


Imagination Stage is a 501(c)3 organization (#52-1164889). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We encourage you to consult with your attorney or financial adviser to learn more about this option.

Planned Giving

Individuals who include Imagination Stage as a beneficiary of their will, trust, life insurance, or other financial instrument provide tremendous support, allowing Imagination Stage to secure the future of our organization. 


If you plan to make a gift to Imagination Stage through your estate, we hope you will contact the development team ([email protected]) and allow us to recognize you as a member of the Creative Legacy Society.


In lieu of cash donations, Imagination Stage works with individual and corporate partners to secure in-kind donations that supplement our purchases. At this time we are specifically looking for in-kind donations of:


  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (to support our special events)
  • Hors d’oeuvres and desserts (for our community meetings and other events)
  • Advertisement space (to get the word out about our exciting programs)

Please contact [email protected] if you would like to donate in-kind.

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Thank You To Our Supporters


  • Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
  • Maryland State Arts Council
  • Maryland State Department of Education
  • U.S. Small Business Administration


  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
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