The non-profit Garde Arts Center is the sum of all those who claim it.

It is the result and reflection of the many communities it serves.

You, then, are the key to ensuring that the Garde remains as the hub and heart where not only the arts flourish but all those who visit and participate can come together in an historic, intimate and beautiful “town green” setting.

Every year, since 1985, individual donors, families, businesses, foundations, government and volunteers have provided critical dollars and resources to sustain and maintain the Garde’s programs and historic facilities. Your support matters now more than ever.

If you enjoy our landmark theater and our wide range of offerings – and believe that they enrich the lives of your neighbors, our children, our region, and generations to come – we welcome your support at any level.

Below, we offer some details on the many opportunities to support your state-of-the-arts quality-of-life enhancing Garde Arts Center.

Give Now

Donate Online Make a Recurring Donation Safe Stairs Donation Dedicate a Seat

We rely on current gifts to support our programs and daily operations as well as facilities improvements and other special projects.  To ensure our longterm financial sustainability, we are also building an endowment.  The most common ways to make a gift are online, by mail, donating appreciated securities and increasingly popular for those aged 70 1/2, the IRA Charitable Rollover (The IRA Charitable Rollover Provision allows people aged 70 ½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 of qualified retirement assets to a charity, which goes toward required minimum distribution and may offer additional tax savings).

Give Later

Have you ever considered making the Garde and its mission part of your legacy?  The most common form of a legacy gift is a bequest. Other vehicles range from making the Garde a beneficiary of your IRA/retirement plan or a life insurance policy to gifts of real estate to gifts that provide income for you. You may be surprised about how easy some of these options are!

Scroll through to learn more about our initiatives and ways to give.

And, for a confidential conversation about any ideas you have to support the Garde, please get in touch with Jeanne Sigel at 860-444-4430.


What is Safe Stairs to the Stars?

For the first time in 93 years, the wall railings to the mezzanine and balcony need to be upgraded and new handrails to the loge installed.

By donating or dedicating a seat in the balcony you can help ensure that current and future audiences can enjoy the Garde Theater in a more safe and accessible setting


Give Online

Contribute Online Dedicate a Seat

Give Online

Donate Online Recurring Donation

Give by Phone or Fax

You can make a gift by calling: (860) 444-4430 or faxing a donation form to: (860) 447-0503

Give by Mail

You can also give by printing this form and mailing to:

Garde Arts Center
Friends of the Garde
325 State Street
New London, CT 06320

The Garde has been fortunate to win the confidence of annual or multi-year gifts of $10,000 or more towards very costly facility and operations needs.  To learn about current projects that can benefit from major giving, contact Development Director Jeanne Sigel at (860)444-4430 or


Program and Operating Support

Major gifts have supported summer programs for children, ticket subsidies, underwriting for music, Broadway and opera programs, educational programs, cash reserve funds, seed money for additional staff.


Facility Preservation and Equipment Capital Support

Major capital projects have recently included installation of the new Digital Cinema projection and sound system, replacing HVAC equipment, repairing the building facade, waterproofing the stagehouse, replacing the theater fire curtain, purchasing stage equipment, new roofs, new piano. box office hardware and software systems.


Named Gifts

Major gifts for programs or capital needs can be acknowledged with special signage and printed acknowledgement for areas in the theater facilities or as a named designated fund or program.

It’s Never Too Early

Contact Development Director, Jeanne Sigel at (860) 444-4430 or for more information. The Garde Arts Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Why Give

  • You want to be remembered
  • You want to make a difference
  • You want to choose your legacy

Giving Mechanisms

  • IRA beneficiary designation
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Bequests

A gift to the Garde Arts Center in your will leaves a lasting legacy, ensuring that the arts continue to enrich lives in our region for years to come.

A simple sentence is all it takes to include the Garde:

“I give to the Garde Arts Center, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 325 State Street, New London, CT 06320 or it’s successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

When creating any estate gift for the Garde Arts Center, we encourage you to speak with your legal and financial advisers.


Did you know…

…that an estate gift can be made in any amount?! Large or small, every estate gift that is made to The Garde is meaningful, is received gratefully and, most importantly, is helping to elevate the spirit of our community for generations to come! What a wonderful legacy we all can create at The Garde!



Program and Operations Fund

A Garde-managed fund for unrestricted or designated contributing to various Garde programs and operational needs.

Facility Preservation and Equipment

A Garde-managed fund for building and maintenance reserves and designated gifts for annual capital improvements and equipment.

Garde Endowment Fund

The Garde Arts Center Endowment Fund was established by the Garde’s Board of Trustees to fulfill its vision for greater stability and sustainability for this regional hub for the arts, education and community.

It is a permanent endowment fund held at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT).  CFECT will be a partner in growing the Garde Arts Center Endowment Fund and the predictable revenue stream it will produce over the long term.  This is yet another strategy in the Garde’s quest to ensure it will continue to provide stimulating, relevant cultural programming for a diverse audience from all age groups and a broad geographic range, in a treasured top-notch historic theater.

For more information contact:

Alison Woods
Vice President & Chief Development

To contribute to the Endowment Fund on-line, click here:     Garde Endowment


Memorials and Tributes

Gifts in honor or memory

Dedicate a tax-deductible donation in the memory of a friend, family member, or loved one. Your memorial message will be acknowledged in our annual season Playbill. To make a memorial gift, click here. You can also call (860) 444-4430 or  mail your gift to: Garde Arts Center Garde Memorial Fund 325 State Street New London, CT 06320

Seat Dedications

You can ensure that the Garde continues to play a vital role in our community for generations to come with a tax-deductible contribution of $1,000 for one or more seats in the name of your family, business or a loved one with a permanent inscribed seat plaque in the beautifully restored historic Garde Theater.

Named Gifts

Major gifts for programs or capital needs can be acknowledged with special signage and printed acknowledgement for areas in the theater facilities or as a named designated fund or program.


To assist in serving your needs, please contact Development Director Jeanne Sigel at
(860)444-4430 or

The Garde Arts Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Why Sponsor?

In general, ticket sales cover only 65% of program costs. Sponsorship is a critical source of support to bring onto the Garde stage great performances for a large and diverse audience. Sponsorship helps underwrite specific performances and programs, while showcasing businesses and individuals as leaders in the community.

Garde staff can customize your sponsorship needs based on your choice of programs and performances.

Call Jeanne Sigel at (860) 444-4430 or email at for further information.

Sponsorship Options

Event Sponsorship
Garde-presented and hosted events and series such as Winter Cinema, Schooltime Performance, Broadway at the Garde, Opera, Music, New London Talent Show, Summer on Stage  and Special Events are a memorable way to creatively entertain and engage friends and business associates  in an exciting entertainment setting.

Community Access Sponsorship
Many sponsors help underwrite  ticket subsidy, scholarship, education programs and volunteer and intern offerings, often through the Garde’s community outreach initiative P:ACE (Partners: Arts, Community, Education).

In-kind Sponsorship
Businesses can receive sponsorship benefits by donating essential services for operations, maintenance and improvements.  Examples are Atlantic Broadband providing free phone and internet services, BluPrints Unlimited providing free posters, signage and printing, and Nutmeg Restoration providing new doors for Garde storefronts.

With Thanks to Our Sponsors

Playbill Advertising

As a featured advertiser in the Garde Arts Center Playbill, your company’s message will be delivered to over sixty thousand patrons attending Garde performances all season long. Our audience is your audience! The Garde Playbill is a keepsake publication, typically read cover to cover by our patrons, many of whom are part of a highly desirable demographic for your business:

  • 35+ with disposable income
  • Well-educated and professional
  • Dual-income, affluent households
  • Multi-generational families

Our patrons recognize that Playbill advertisers provide vital support to the Garde Arts Center and reward those companies with their patronage and business. In addition, your playbill advertising dollars directly support Garde events and PACE: Partners in Arts, Community, and Education programs which, in turn, support our education/non-profit partners and stimulate the local economy as well.

Reserve your space TODAY to lock in the best position. To place your ad, use the order form below, call Jeanne at (860) 444-4430 or email your interest or questions to We look forward to showcasing your business in our 2018-2019 Garde Arts Center Playbill and sharing a brand new season with you.

Playbill Order Form

Volunteer Opportunities

As a community-supported non-profit organization, the Garde welcomes the participation of talented folks who lend their time and skills in support of programs, projects, and staff.

The volunteer categories include:

    • Performance Volunteers: (supporting these general event types: Garde Theater, Schooltime Matinees, Oasis Room)
        • Lobby Monitors
        • Aisle Captains
        • Program Distributors
        • Seat Ushers
    • Patron Service Volunteers:
        • Concessions (bar backing, candy sales, merchandise sales)
        • Concierge (providing theater and community information to patrons)
        • Reception Attendants (help support show-related and community receptions, and private parties and meetings)
    • Box Office Volunteers: (ticket scanning and assistance during performances, answering phones and providing general information during regular box office hours)
    • Artist Hospitality Volunteers: (set up/presenting dressing room and green room food, providing amenities and special services/transport for artists)
    • Facility Volunteers: (assisting with displays, décor and cleaning; theater and building maintenance)
    • Special Project Volunteers: (community outreach, social networking and administrative support)

Volunteer Portal    Click Here for Our Volunteer Application