Opening Day Giving Campaign
Now Through mid-April!
As we hopefully and cautiously plan to reopen our theatre doors, we are supremely grateful for 33 seasons of continued success and achievement. It’s only possible because of you.
You’re the reason we’re here and why we’re surviving the impact of the pandemic. Looking to our future, we’re asking our patrons to help us make a comeback as we launch our 33rd season. Your support ensures that the Commonweal can continue to operate into the summer months when we hope to be back in full swing. The artists whose skills and talents drive our work are a vital part of southeastern Minnesota and the tri-state area. When you invest in the Commonweal you are helping us to further our commitment to the communities we serve.
Your tax-deductible gift can be made by clicking the DONATE button below or you can send your gift by mail to:
P.O. Box 15
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Any amount you give today is especially important now and will go a long way towards ensuring that we are here to serve you in the years to come.
New charitable rules reward non-profit support during the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, contributors can enjoy new, added tax benefits for aligning their dollars with the organizations they support and love. READ MORE HERE.
Thank you for your continued support of the theater and the artists who make their home here. We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well so that we can see you as soon as possible back here at the theatre.
The Commonweal mission is “To enrich the common good through actor-based storytelling that is both transcendent and relevant.” We can’t enrich the common good unless we keep ticket prices within the common reach, and that’s why we need your help. The cost of producing high-quality live theatre year-round far exceeds the revenue from ticket and concessions sales alone. We rely on both large arts grants and private donations like yours. Your contributions are our stepping-stones, and every gift, of any size, is deeply appreciated. Pledge your support by joining the heart of our donation programs—the MDC—or make a one-time, tax-deductible donation today. Contact Jeremy van Meter: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 467 2905 x211.
For a list of our recent individual donors — CLICK HERE
The Scott Dixon Memorial Fund
In 2018 we lost a dear friend and colleague, our Director of Development, Scott Dixon. Scott was a playwright, author, director, actor, devoted friend, husband and father. He was a dedicated and passionate co-worker who worked tirelessly advocating for new plays, education, and Wealhouse, our second stage series. To carry forward his spirit as an artist and theatre practitioner, we created the Scott Dixon Memorial Fund. All funds received go towards these endeavors Scott was passionate about and more.
To learn more about the fund, CLICK HERE.
Underwriting & Sponsorships
Underwriters play leading roles in funding our programs and productions—and enjoy great opportunities to get their brand or business name seen by a lot of people. As thanks for your participation as an underwriter, we will place your name or company logo in our season program (reaching more than 20,000 people annually). Our actors will thank your business during the curtain speeches, you will be recognized in all press releases, and you’ll receive several free tickets for your employees or clients.
The Commonweal is very grateful to the following businesses for their generous sponsorship of past programming:
- CRW architecture + design group
- F&M Community Bank
- Gundersen Health System
- Houston Dental Clinic
- Merchants Banks
- Nethercut Schieber Attorneys PLLP
- Peterson Creative Photography & Design
- POET Biorefining
- Post Bulletin
- Rochester Women Magazine
- Thrivent Financial
Associates Ken Bittner (Winona)
Walter Bradley (Lanesboro)
- Wisconsin Public Radio
The Commonweal welcomes in-kind donations of sturdy furniture and home electronics and appliances (in good condition) for our theatre and our Artists Residence. In addition, we often accept donations of services from area businesses. Please let us know if you’d like to make an in-kind donation of any type.