USITT is launching its first #GivingTuesday this year by asking the backstage community to support USITT programs with a Year-End gift.
#GivingTuesday is the opposite of Black Friday & Cyber Monday -- it's a day of giving and supporting giving on social media. Look for USITT #GivingTuesday posts about our programs -- and please consider making a gift to support them at www.usitt.org/giving.
Every gift matters, no matter how small! USITT has many causes that benefit the backstage industry:
Rigging Safety -- USITT offers free rigging inspections and safety training for high school stages. No other organization does this!
Diversity -- USITT provides educational opportunities and mentoring for students from under-represented populations via its Gateway Program, and works to increase equity and inclusion in theatre design & tech.
Continuing Education – Thanks to our members, sponsors, and donors like you, we can offer affordable training opportunities via USITT Presents, Elite Training, the upcoming Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes, and more.
Grants & Fellowships -- USITT offers grants and fellowships to support advanced study and research for problem-solving and innovation in performing arts and live entertainment technology. USITT grants funded development of the 7-LED color engine used in ETC’s Seletron lighting products. Recent grants support Rich Dionne’s “Izzy” Intelligent Scenery Simulation Platform, and Catherine Bradley’s Creation of Educational Materials for the Virtual Textile Project. USITT grants are funded by the Edward F. Kook Fund.
General Operations -- USITT’s General Operations Fund is unrestricted and may be used for any and all projects and activities. Gifts help USITT continue to grow as a year-round educational resource, an active network of people who support each other’s careers, and a repository of the knowledge and artistry of those who have gone before us.
A gift to USITT is 100 percent tax deductible and, if made by December 31, counts as a deduction for the 2015 tax year!
USITT is top-rated by #GreatNonprofits and has a #GuideStarGold rating for financial transparency. Visit www.usitt.org/giving to support USITT’s service to the backstage community.