The power of theatre to unite us knows no boundaries. Whatever our backgrounds, whatever our circumstances, we all have the capacity to feel a sense of wonder, to be dazzled by the sights and sounds, to love, to laugh, and to cry.

Live theatre performance draws out these emotions, and when we feel them, we feel them together.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we depend upon the contributions of many individuals and organizations in our community whose gifts allow us to create transformative experiences both on and off the stage.



It is a privilege to produce theatre for our thoughtful and engaged audiences, as you challenge us to do better, think deeper, and laugh louder. In turn, we hope that we inspire you to do the same.

By making a gift to CATCO today, you are supporting our mission to produce transformational high-quality theatre, foster local artists, and engage our community with outreach and education programs for students across central Ohio.



Many employers have matching gift programs that will double or even triple your contribution, furthering the impact of your gift. For more information, please contact your employer’s department of Human Resources or our Development Office at (614) 719-6702. Then, mail us a completed form or submit your matching gift online and let us know.

Each production in our season requires care and attention to make the magical moments happen. Supporting a particular show through a sponsorship helps us give that show the love it needs to reach its full potential. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Barbara Markus at (614) 719-6702.

CATCO strives to tell stories poignant in the present, but we also hope they endure in the future. Leave your legacy with us through a planned gift, enjoy the benefits of alleviating your tax burden, and support our work in a meaningful tribute. Whether you have included CATCO in your estate plan or as a beneficiary in your charitable trust, retirement plan, or insurance policy, let us know so that we may express our gratitude for your outstanding generosity.

Our development team would be glad to work with you and your financial adviser on determining your best approach to planned giving. For more information, please contact Barbara Markus at (614) 719-6702.

The Fred and Howard Fund for CATCO at The Columbus Foundation was established by the late Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns, longtime CATCO supporters. You can contribute to this endowment through The Columbus Foundation’s website. For further information, contact Brad Britton at The Columbus Foundation at (614) 251-4000.

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Please request that checks are made payable to CAPA and mailed to the following address:

CATCO Development Office
55 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 719-6702

CATCO’s tax identification number is 31-1168461.

Gifts of stock, especially long-term appreciated stock, provide benefits to both CATCO and you. CATCO can put your stock donations to immediate use and you can:

  • Give away appreciated assets and usually avoid a tax gain.
  • Receive the regular charitable income tax deduction if you itemize your taxes.
  • Claim a tax deduction for the full, fair-market value (rather than the cost value) of your stock if you have owned the securities for more than one year.

Please contact us and let us know the name of the broker who will handle the transaction for you, the name of the stock, and the number of shares you are donating (example: 500 shares of XYZ Stock) so that we can be aware that the gift is forthcoming. We will also provide you with CATCO account information to make the transfer.

For information about stock transfers, please contact Barbara Markus at (614) 719-6702 or by email at

For your reference, our Tax ID is #31-1168461

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The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted last December, provides several provisions to help individuals and businesses who give to charity. The new law generally extends through the end of 2021 four temporary tax changes originally enacted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Here is a rundown of these changes.

Donors who take the standard deduction may also take an “above-the-line” deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations given in 2020. This effectively allows a limited charitable deduction to taxpayers claiming the standard deduction. For example, if you take the standard deduction and give $300 to charity, you will get a $300 tax break in addition to the standard deduction.
For donors who itemize deductions, the limit on charitable deductions – generally 60% of modified adjusted gross income – doesn’t apply to qualifying cash contributions to public charities in 2021; instead the CARES Act allows taxpayers to claim a tax deduction of up to 100% of your Adjusted Gross Income for contributions to qualifying charities.
These new deductions are only for cash gifts that go to a public charity, not to Donor Advised Funds or Private Foundations.
For corporate donors, the limitation on charitable deductions, which is generally 10% of modified taxable income, doesn’t apply to qualifying contributions made in 2021. The new law temporarily lifts the limit from 10% to 25% of modified taxable income for 2021 filings.

Please consult your accountant or tax preparer for more information about these changes, and how they can help you with your charitable support, or click here to visit the IRS webpage about benefits.