Invest in the future

Contributions in any amount are welcome and make a difference. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Thank you for your interest and support of the historic Lerner Theatre.

As a not-for-profit, our success and continued growth requires the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations. By making a tax-deductible gift to The Lerner, you’re helping sustain a vibrant cultural life in the Michiana region. Every time you make a donation or purchase a ticket or subscription, you support us in our mission to provide and promote theatre excellence!

Contributions in any amount are welcome and make a difference. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

You may add a gift to your ticket order, call the Box Office to contribute or mail a contribution to:

410 South Main Street
Elkhart, IN 46516.

Through numerous opportunities, you can create a lasting legacy!

Outright Gifts

Gifts of cash allow donors to receive full tax benefits to the extent allowed by law.


Pledges are a way of making a commitment now to the capital campaign, spreading payments over a period of time. While most pledges are for a three-year period, longer-term (up to five years) pledges can be arranged depending on the size of the gift.

Gifts of Securities

An attractive option for donors is through gifts of appreciated securities. Gifts of this type may provide greater tax advantages than gifts of cash. The donor can deduct the current fair market value as a charitable gift and completely avoid any capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Deferred Gifts/Planned Giving

The Lerner has a bequest and deferred gift program to accommodate the forethought of such donors. “Planned gifts” are gifts that are created now, yet fully realized at a later date, such as through a will, a gift of life insurance, or setting up a charitable remainder trust. Many planned gifts provide income to the donor, spouse and children for life, and still allow a significant gift to The Lerner. Donors interested in this option should consult with their attorney or financial advisor.

Endowment Fund

Now that the renovation is complete, we will need funds to secure top-notch experience. If you are interested in giving a sustaining contribution, please indicate so on any of the above gifts.

Matching Gifts

Where appropriate, those who wish to enhance the value of a gift are encouraged to contact their employer to determine if a corporate matching program is in place.

Buy a Seat

Your tax-deductible donation will buy a theater seat with your name engraved on it! You can also use this distinctive opportunity as a gift for a friend or loved one.

Community Foundation of Elkhart County

If you are interested in any of the above donation options, click or call the Community Foundation of Elkhart County at (574) 295-8761.

Become a Friend

Friends of The Lerner ensures that The Lerner continues its long history of enriching the Elkhart community. With the generous support of donors like you, we can make The Lerner stage come alive.
Life's a Performance | Live it at the Theatre

Rent The Theatre

The historic Lerner Theatre is available for manner of events. Get Creative! It can be utilized for lectures, films, television and video taping, professional workshops and conferences, as well as performances.


By making a tax-deductible gift to The Lerner, you're helping sustain a vibrant cultural life in the Michiana region.


We have part-time/as-needed openings for Ushers, Stage Techs, and Box Office Clerks. If you would like to be part of the team, fill out an application.

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