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Support USITT by Setting the Next Stage Today

USITT will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020.  In recognition of this major milestone, the Institute’s Board has authorized an ambitious fund-raising campaign and we want to give you an opportunity to get involved by making certain USITT is ready to tackle the challenges that will come in its next 60 years. 

The Setting the Next Stage campaign was announced at our Annual Meeting in Louisville on March 20, 2019. Immediate Past President Mark Shanda announced that the Institute is already well over halfway to its goal of raising $600,000 before the 2020 Conference.

Be a part of this exciting launch so that USITT can celebrate your commitment as an early leader in this transformational endeavor for our Institute and our industry. 

Setting the Next Stage will provide improved financial liquidity, security and stability for the Institute, while establishing a strong platform for growth in member services and programming. Newly raised funds given throughout the campaign will be distributed at the donor’s request to any one of four well-established funds:

  • Edward F. Kook Fund to support research;
  • New Century Fund to support awards and early career programs, diversity and inclusion initiatives and the Rigging Safety Initiative;
  • Samuel H. Scripps International Fund to support international activities;
  • USITT Fund to support projects for the future of USITT.  Gifts are restricted and only the investment growth of this fund is used. 

The campaign goal will raise $100,000 each for the Kook Fund and the Scripps Fund; $200,000 each to the New Century Fund and the USITT Fund.  Additionally, the campaign seeks to increase the numbers of people who join the Loft Block Society, USITT’s planned giving program.

Access our online pledge forms below to make a one-time gift in the total amount of your pledge or to devise a multi-year pledge payment schedule. To make your gift using a stock transfer, IRA distribution or other payment method, contact Carol Carrigan in the USITT National Office.




Make Your Gift to USITT’s Annual Fund

USITT raises money every year to fund its operations. These gifts make-up an important part of USITT’s ability to provide member services, programming, and business activities.  It is a predictable base of support to help meet current and growing operating needs year after year.

Gifts to General Operations help us help others by lowering the cost of education and training, maintaining the website, supporting the production of publications.

The New Century Fund supports initiatives for the next generation of design and technology professionals. In addition, it supports the funding of the Young Designers, Managers, & Technicians Awards. 

The Rigging Safety Initiative provides safety inspections and training for secondary schools in the United States. In its first five years, RSI has already improved stage safety at more than 120 secondary schools impacting more than 150,000 students.

The Diversity & Inclusion Initiative is the cornerstone of USITT's efforts to grow opportunities for underrepresented populations in design and technology.  Through mentoring programs such as the Gateway Program, we help promising individuals develop their network, gain confidence in their ability, and open doors to create a world where creativity and skill are honored above all.

The Fellows Fund provides seed funding for new initiatives allowing USITT to act quickly and responsively to opportunities.

Gifts to the Edward F. Kook Fund helped the development of LED lighting for the entertainment industry.  Gifts support current research like virtual textiles and high-speed braking for entertainment applications, and new Innovation Research Grants projects addressing technology challenges faced by the entertainment industry.

The Samuel Scripps International Fund provides assistance for USITT's work abroad. It also helps fund master artists coming to the United States to share their skills and talents.

The USITT Fund grows to support projects for the future of USITT. Gifts are restricted and only the investment growth of this fund is used.

Planned Giving & The Loft Block Society

People who have made gifts to USITT through their wills and estates are included in the Loft Block Society. Their support insures the Institute will continue to rise for many years to come.



The United States Institute for Theatre Technology is a 501(c)3 corporation (Tax ID #13-6216921).  Gifts to all Funds are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For questions, please contact Carol Carrigan.