Every donation helps ArtsWest produce artistic events that provoke conversation, incite the imagination and use live theater as a powerful agent of change.  Less than 30% of our operating revenue comes from our ticket proceeds. We rely on the generosity of our donors to allow us to do the work we do!

Mail in a check to us at:

c/o Development Officer


P.O. Box 16768

Seattle, WA 98116

Stop by the Box Office during our Gallery hours, Thursday and Friday 4pm – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm or coordinate a time to stop by our administrative office by contacting our Company Administrator, Athena Duran, at

A donor advised fund is an irrevocable charity fund that you can set up with certain banks or financial firms to facilitate and provide flexibility in your charitable giving. 

Generally you fund the charity account with a lump sum that will be donations paid over years.

You get the tax deduction the year that you fund the charity account, again increasing the likelihood of exceeding the standard deduction in that year and potentially providing additional tax savings.

The flexibility is that you can invest the funds while in the charity account, and distribute the funds for donations over any length of time and to multiple charities.

Donate through stock, mutual funds and/or ETFs that you have held for at least one year, and you will realize special tax advantages.

Donors can receive a tax deduction for the full market value of the gift while avoiding capital gains tax on the appreciation.

ArtsWest has a special donation form for gifts of securities.

Apply for a matching gift if your company provides a matching program. 

Individuals over 70½ years old must take a minimum distribution every year from their IRA.

If it is a traditional IRA (not a Roth IRA), the distribution is taxed as income.

However, if you direct your traditional IRA to make a distribution directly to a non-profit (such as ArtsWest), that amount counts towards your minimum distribution but is not taxed as personal income.

The new IRS tax law established new, higher standard deductions—$12,000 for single filers, $24,000 for married couples, and $18,000 for heads of household.

There is an additional $1,300 for each married taxpayer and $1,600 for unmarried taxpayers who are over 65, as well as a per child deduction.

If you plan on making some sizable donations over the next two or three years, you could consider doing so in a lump sum, or “bunching” them, in one year.

This will increase the likelihood of exceeding the standard deduction in that year and thus potentially providing additional tax savings.

Donors in our Circles of Giving are among our most generous annual contributors. Members of our Circles of Giving make three-year commitments at $1000 per year or more and are given special insider access and benefits listed below.

Artist’s Circle-$1,000-$2,499

  • Recognition in the program, donor wall, and website
  • Invitation to donor recognition events
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • Branded gifts

Playwright’s Circle-$2,500-$4,999

  • Artist’s Circle benefits
  • A free drink per performance
  • One-on-one coffee with leadership

Director’s Circle-$5,000-$9,999

  • Artist’s & Playwright’s Circle benefits and
  • Post show meet & greet w/cast for up to 6 people

Producer’s Circle-$10,000+

  • Bespoke benefits based on your interests

Ready to Make Your Donation?

Interested in joining? Please contact our Operations Manager, Athena Duran at or by phone at (206) 938-0963


ArtsWest | Milk Like Sugar

Each year, ArtsWest presents a full mainstage theatre season in our 149-seat space. We select challenging, progressive plays designed to spark conversation about relevant topics. Your support helps us offer pay-what-you can preview performances for all mainstage productions, free or discounted tickets for other nonprofit organizations and individuals in need, and general ticket prices that makes the ArtsWest theatre experience accessible to everyone! Your support also helps produce our FIRST LOOK events, which are free and open to the public.  Click here to see our current theatre offerings.


The Epic and the Puny | Lauren Boilini & Patty Haller

The Runnings Family Gallery at ArtsWest provides community members, theatre patrons, and art enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience high quality, contemporary visual art. Each year, ArtsWest produces exhibitions featuring professional Pacific Northwest artists, providing these artists with an opportunity to showcase their work. Your support helps ensure the Gallery remains free and open to the public. ArtsWest hosts receptions and Artist Talks with each exhibition, and participates in the West Seattle ArtWalk the second Thursday of each month. Click here to learn more about our current exhibition season.

RESURGENCE is ArtsWest’s capital & social justice campaign that will not only revive us, but will allow us to rise stronger than we were before.

We know that to weather any storm, we need to own our building, our foundation, allowing us to retire the only debt held by ArtsWest. We need to make post-Covid modifications in our space, tackle repairs for our 20 year-old building, provide new tools to meet our audience & artist access needs, as well as new equipment that will allow us to be the best home for artistic theater excellence. Most of all we know it is the time to invest in our community, to not just be what we were, but to do better than before creating brave spaces for those voices historically marginalized. We want not just our world back, but a new community. One that nurtures every seedling as we know that the smallest seed can change the shape of our forest.