A message to our patrons regarding COVID-19



Devan Mercurio
Manager of Donor Relations


412.316.8200 ext. 716 

When you give to YOUR Pittsburgh Public Theater, you ensure that the region’s largest producing theater can tell powerful stories through exquisite artistry, support Pittsburgh-based talent, and bring acclaimed arts education programming to the next generation of theater-makers and audiences. Your gift – of any size – has real impact and value. Thank you. 


COVID -19 and CARES Act Update

On December 27, the U.S. Government enacted a second stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, attaching it to a year-end spending bill. The new stimulus package extends many of the charitable giving incentives for donors who give to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations like Pittsburgh Public Theater, outlined in the original Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law in late March of 2020. 

If you are someone who does not itemize on your taxes:

The stimulus package extends through 2021 the CARES Act's allowance for up to $300 of a taxpayer's charitable contributions to qualify as an above-the-line deduction. It increases the amount to $600 for married couples filing joint returns. This means you don't have to itemize deductions in order to claim the $300 (or $600) as a deduction. Qualifying donations must be made in cash or cash equivalents (as opposed to stock, for example). 

If you are someone who does itemize on your taxes:

Donors who itemize their deductions can now give more cash to charity before reaching their adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation. Formerly set at 60%, the limitation for cash contributions to certain public charities has now been raised to 100% of an individual’s AGI for both 2020 and 2021. Any giving beyond this 100% limitation may be carried over and used in the next five years.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. Learn more about the CARES Act and how this can impact your charitable giving by speaking to your tax professional or read more here.


Other Ways to Give



  • Please send your check made payable to Pittsburgh Public Theater to:
    Pittsburgh Public Theater
    Attn: Development Office
    621 Penn Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222


  • A commemorative gift of any amount is a unique way to celebrate a special occasion or to honor the memory of a friend or loved one. The Public will notify the honoree or a family member (with no mention of the amount of your gift).
  • Make your Commemorative Gift ONLINE


Pittsburgh Public Theater is grateful for all donations from donor-advised funds and will work with you to make the giving process simple and efficient. Also, as with a retirement plan or life insurance policy, you may make a legacy gift to The Public by listing the theater as a charitable beneficiary of your existing donor-advised fund. 

To give through your donor-advised fund, a check can be made payable to Pittsburgh Public Theater, 621 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Alternatively, if you would like to recommend a gift through your donor-advised fund online, please click the link below:



  • Your company may have a matching gift program that can double your level of support. Each company's guidelines for participation are different, so please contact your Human Resources Department for more information.



  • Your broker can assist you in making a stock gift via direct transfer. Please contact Jan Fleisher, Director of Development, at 412.316.8200, ext. 706 for The Public's broker and account information.


  • The Charitable IRA Rollover gift is a great option for making annual gifts to your favorite charities. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 in gifts each year to qualified non-profits like Pittsburgh Public Theater. Generally, when you take a distribution from your IRA, it is treated as taxable income. Under this provision, you can reduce your taxable income, even if you don’t itemize deductions, by directing the distribution directly to the charity. It’s a simple process that your IRA administrator can facilitate. For more information, contact Jan Fleisher at 412.316.8200, ext. 706.

    This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. The Public strongly advises that you consult your professional advisor(s).


  • If Pittsburgh Public Theater has been an important part of your life, consider including The Public in your estate plan. You don't have to be wealthy to make a meaningful gift. Each year millions of people find creative ways to leave legacy gifts to the organizations they value. Naming us in your will, trust, or by beneficiary designation will help ensure that your Public Theater is here for future generations. By planning now, you can maintain control of your assets and significantly reduce estate taxes. For more information, contact Jan Fleisher at 412.316.8200, ext. 706.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. The Public strongly advises that you consult your professional advisor(s).