Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GSC News: Grassroots Levels Up

Today, we’re happy to announce that Grassroots Shakespeare is now an officially recognized 501 (c)(3) status non-profit organization!

What does this mean?

This is a HUGE deal. This means that we’re now eligible for a wide range of grants and funding opportunities. And any donations made to Grassroots are now tax-deductible.

Where we've come from:

For the past five years, we’ve been operating on a prayer and a shoestring:

  • A good portion of our revenue has come in the form of small, non-deductible, one-time donations at shows and on Kickstarter—truly a grassroots effort.

  • In addition, our workforce consists entirely of volunteers who have contributed thousands and thousands of unpaid hours as a labor of love.

Five years ago, we started with nothing more than the grass under our feet and a yellow rope to mark out the playing space. Since then, we've mounted nearly two dozen shows, built an Elizabethan-inspired touring stage, hosted the world's leading expert on Original Practices, presented at the American Shakespeare Center, started sister companies Grassroots London and Grassroots Alabama, and most importantly: we've connected with passionate and engaged Shakespeare fans all over the world.

Where we're going:

In order to keep Grassroots going, we need to find a way to provide competitive compensation for our amazingly talented teams of artists and collaborators. (Without which, our talent will continue to move on to bigger, better, and more lucrative opportunities.)
Obtaining 501 (c)(3) status is our first major step towards providing our artists with fair compensation.

With your help, we also plan on:
  • Re-building our wooden Elizabethan-inspired touring stage: It's been transported to every corner of Utah, assembled in the sun, rain, wind, and snow (not an exaggeration). It is literally coming apart at the seams.
  • Improving our Costume Stock: Costuming was perhaps the most visually appealing element of Shakespeare's theatre. We think we can up our game when it comes to costuming. Additional funds will help greatly in this effort.
  • Bringing more shows to you! As we grow, our main goal remains of bringing you the rowdiest, fastest, most engaging Shakespeare in the West.

How Can I Help?

  • Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to Grassroots Shakespeare today? Drop us a line at and we’ll guide you through the quick and easy process.
  • Do you know someone who would like to sponsor the arts here in Utah? Send them our way!

By Shopping on Amazon!?

Yes! If you select Grassroots as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate a percentage of their profits to our cause. It won’t cost you anything extra, and only takes about 15 seconds to sign up for. Just follow this link for the one-time set-up:

So what are you waiting for? Send us some love today!

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