Individual Giving

The new CARES stimulus bill adds greater tax benefits for charitable giving

While so many organizations have been impacted by the Covid-19 emergency – and will continue to be for some time – there is some good news. For those who have already contributed through our annual campaigns or ticket donations, or are planning to make a contribution, you can now get greater benefits from your giving.

The new CARES stimulus bill includes the following changes to charitable giving:

  • If you do not itemize your deductions, and give up to $300 in cash contributions to charity in a year, you can add up to $300 to the standard deduction. This is an above-the-line deduction, which means it has the added bonus of decreasing your adjusted gross income. This covers all of 2020. Section 2204.
     
  • If you itemize your deductions, for 2020 you can now deduct 100% of your charitable contributions from your adjusted gross income (up from the previous 50% cap). If you have a business, the 10% limit has been increased to 25%. This only applies to cash gifts to public charities and is not applicable to private foundations or donor advised funds. Though donor advised funds are managed through public charities, you do not get a higher deduction rate for donating cash to these funds. Section 2204.

We Welcome Your Support

As many of you know, in March we made the heartbreaking decision to cancel our production of I and You on its opening night. Cancellation of the remainder of our 19-20 Season soon followed.

As you can imagine, finishing our season and planning for the next, without ticket sale revenue and our Annual Silent Auction fundraiser is an ongoing challenge. We hope you will consider making a gift of any size to help sustain The Public Theatre during this unprecedented time.

Thank you for being a theatre-goer. You are the reason why we are here.


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Your tax-deductible gift helps us in continuing with our mission to provide affordable and accessible professional theater and arts education to our community.

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The Public Theatre
31 Maple Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

The new CARES stimulus bill adds greater tax benefits for charitable giving

While so many organizations have been impacted by the Covid-19 emergency – and will continue to be for some time – there is some good news. For those who have already contributed through our annual campaigns or ticket donations, or are planning to make a contribution, you can now get greater benefits from your giving.

The new CARES stimulus bill includes the following changes to charitable giving:

  • If you do not itemize your deductions, and give up to $300 in cash contributions to charity in a year, you can add up to $300 to the standard deduction. This is an above-the-line deduction, which means it has the added bonus of decreasing your adjusted gross income. This covers all of 2020. Section 2204.
     
  • If you itemize your deductions, for 2020 you can now deduct 100% of your charitable contributions from your adjusted gross income (up from the previous 50% cap). If you have a business, the 10% limit has been increased to 25%. This only applies to cash gifts to public charities and is not applicable to private foundations or donor advised funds. Though donor advised funds are managed through public charities, you do not get a higher deduction rate for donating cash to these funds. Section 2204.

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The Public Theatre

31 Maple Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

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