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We are launching the PLAY YOUR PART WITH NEW VILLAGE ARTS fundraising campaign to raise $150k by November 30. 

Rest assured, COVID-19 will not stop our commitment to creating adventurous artistic experiences to awaken the human spirit. New Village Arts has always been a forum for laughter, discussion, and deeper thinking within our community, and like you, we cannot wait to open our doors once more, and to share the stories that make us laugh, cry, and c
elebrate together.

However, like most theater companies, the majority of our revenue is related to ticket sales – nearly 70%, in fact. COVID-19 has changed everything for us this year. Our doors closed in March and most likely won’t open again until 2021. Without live events, likely until 2021, NVA has essentially lost 70% of our income.
But we are planning for the future and we need your help!
Despite losing all of our revenue from events, we are working hard to plan for future successes. In order to continue our online programming, online education programs, pay reduced salaries for staff and artists, organize for our future programming, and to cover our most basic monthly expenses, we need to raise $150,000 by November 30.  Your generous donation will ensure that NVA can re-open as soon as is safely possible and be ready to bring you the theatre you love! 
The arts are the fundamental expressions of what it means to be human. And we need the arts now more than ever. 
Please help us to continue planning for a future that includes theater and the arts for all of North County. Your support now will make all the difference later. 
By supporting NVA, you are also playing a role in supporting...
  • Mainstage Plays & Musicals 
  • Final Draft New Play Festival
  • Acting, improv, design, and playwriting classes for students ages 4 - 16
  • Inclusive theatre programs for teenagers and young adults with neurodiversity
  • Improv programs for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Professional arts training in local high schools
  • Teatro Pueblo Nuevo: Latinx community outreach initiative
  • Foundry Artist Studios
  • Music @ NVA

Please consider making a gift to New Village Arts in this time of crisis. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of funds go directly toward ensuring NVA is ready and able to reopen in 2021.

To those of you who have already given a gift or donated the cost of your tickets, thank you. We hope you will share this message and help NVA gather even stronger support.

Even in times of crisis, the arts are desperately needed. Your support is appreciated now more than ever. This historical moment has highlighted the need for stories that bring us together, and that is what NVA strives for each day; your gift today will ensure that NVA is able to tell those stories when the urgency has lifted, for years to come.  

With gratitude,

All of us at New Village Arts


$50 - $99
• Recognition on the NVA website

$100 - $499
• The above, plus:
• Exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public when we reopen
• Invitations to exclusive online “Sneak Peek” events
• Listing in the first program after we reopen

$500 - $999
• All of the above, plus:
• Donor spotlights in email and social media
• Signed and framed photo from the production of your choice (within the past 2 seasons)

$1,000 - $2,499
• All of the above, plus:
• Invitation to the workshop performances of HOME
• Recognition at the end of New Virtual Arts programming

$2,500 - $4,999
• All of the above, plus:
• Online cocktail hour with EAD Kristianne Kurner and 2-3 NVA Artists
• An NVA playwright will work with you to  dramatize your personal story, or a story of your choice.
• Exclusive invitation to our gala reopening celebration

$5,000 - $9,999
• All of the above, plus:
• Host a private event at NVA, or have NVA performers share a 30-minute cabaret at a location of your choice (following all regulations)

$10,000 and Above
• All of the above, plus:
• Recognition on the NVA Marquee in Carlsbad Village
• Lifelong recognition in NVA’s renovated lobby
• Invitation for two to every opening night performance during the 2021/2022 season (or two additional tickets for Opening Night subscribers)

New Village Arts Theatre could not exist without you – the other half of our Ensemble. Please consider making a generous donation to New Village Arts today and help us continue to bring thrilling, thought-provoking, Ensemble-based theatre to Carlsbad.

New Village Arts has recently introduced its Artist Advocate Program, where you have the opportunity to sponsor an individual artist of your choice. Click here to learn more about the Artist Advocate Program and support local artists.

Click here to learn about marketing partnership opportunities for individuals and organizations.
Every donation of every size counts and you would be amazed at how quickly those $25 dollar donations add up and make a big impact.

Learn more about what we have been up to in our Annual Reports: Season 17Season 16Season 15Season 14
To give a one-time gift, click here
Or send your gift via mail or stop in and visit us at:
New Village Arts
2787 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
New Village Arts is a non-profit, tax exempt organization
listed under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS. Tax ID #52-2320930


Discuss your options with your tax advisor.

1. Deduct $300 without itemizing

This year only! You can deduct $300 of charitable gifts without itemizing. The $300 limit is one per tax filing unit. (So, married couples filing jointly don’t get $600.) This must be a cash gift paid to an operating nonprofit. (So, not to a donor advised fund.)

2. Deduct up to 100% of your income

This year only! You can deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income using charitable gifts of cash. These gifts must go to an operating nonprofit. (So, not to a donor advised fund.)

3. Combine a Roth conversion with a donation

A Roth conversion moves money from a standard IRA into a Roth IRA. The benefit: all distributions from the Roth IRA are tax-free. (Even distributions of future growth are tax-free.) The downside: the money moved into the Roth IRA counts as immediate income.

However, this year only, up to 100% of income can be offset by charitable deductions. This includes income created by a Roth conversion. If you already have a multi-year charitable plan or pledge, donating it all this year and combining with a Roth conversion might make sense.

4. Make IRA gifts @ age 70½ +

IRA accounts have no required minimum distribution (RMD) in 2020. But those age 70½ or older can still make gifts directly from an IRA to a nonprofit up to $100,000. This gift donates pre-tax dollars. The earned income is never taxed because it goes directly to the nonprofit.

5. Move your 401k/403b into an IRA rollover now to prepare for future IRA gifts

RMDs will return next year for those age 72+. A qualified charitable distribution from your IRA or IRA rollover reduces RMD. It’s a great way to give!

To do this with a 401(k) or 403(b), you must first convert the account into an IRA rollover. But conversion requires first taking any RMD from the 401(k) or 403(b). You must pay taxes on that distribution.

You can avoid that by making the conversion this year. There are no RMDs in 2020. So, you can convert your 401(k) or 403(b) into an IRA rollover. And you can do it without paying any taxes, even if you are age 72+. Then, you’ll be set up to make future donations from your IRA rollover whenever you want.

6. IRA gifts @ age 55 – 70½

IRA withdrawals during this age create no penalties. But they are taxable. However, this year cash gifts can be deducted up to 100% of income. If you are already itemizing deductions this can help offset the tax impact from an IRA withdrawal.

7. IRA beneficiary v. gift in a will

Many people like to include a charitable gift in their will to support a cause that has been important in their lives. One tax smart strategy is to leave part of an IRA, 401(k), or 403(b) account to a nonprofit. (It’s easy to change account beneficiaries by contacting the financial institution.)

Why is this smart? Because heirs pay income taxes on this money. Starting this year, heirs (except spouses) must take out all funds (and pay taxes) within 10 years of inheriting. But any part left to a nonprofit avoids these taxes. So, if you’re leaving anything to a nonprofit, use these accounts first.

8. Make a charitable swap: Give appreciated investments WITHOUT changing your portfolio

Donating appreciated assets creates TWO tax benefits. The tax deduction is the same size as a gift of cash. (The asset must have been owned for a year or more.) PLUS, you avoid paying capital gains tax.

With a charitable swap, you donate old shares of stock and immediately purchase new shares in the same company. Your portfolio doesn’t change. But the capital gain is removed. (There is no waiting period. Why? Because this is gain property not loss property. So, the “wash sale” rule doesn’t apply.)

9. Take an immediate deduction for donating inheritance rights to homes or farmland

Many people like to include a charitable gift in their will. But you can donate the inheritance rights to farmland or a home using a special deed instead. Doing this creates an immediate income tax deduction. Right now, these deductions are large because interest rates are low.

Example: A 55-year-old donor deeds the inheritance rights to $100,000 of farmland before the end of 2020. The donor gets an immediate income tax deduction of $90,371. The donor keeps the right to use the property for the rest of his life. It’s deductible because, unlike a will, the donor can’t change his mind once the gift is made.

10. Bunch gifts with a donor advised fund

The 2018 tax law created much higher standard deductions. Fewer people can use charitable deductions because they aren’t itemizing. One way around that is to “bunch” charitable gifts.

Example: A donor puts 5 years’ worth of donations into a donor advised fund. The donor takes a tax deduction for the entire amount in that year. Because the deduction is so large, the donor itemizes in that year. In later years, the donor makes gifts to charities from the fund. This creates no tax deduction. But in those years the donor takes the standard deduction instead of itemizing.

Remember: The above is for informational purposes only. These are just a few ideas to discuss with your financial or tax advisor. They may not apply in your situation. These insights are courtesy of Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., CFP®


“Shows are timely, relevant, and moving!”
“New Village Arts is a real asset to the communities 
of Carlsbad, North County and really all of San Diego.”
“Thank you to NVA to making a huge difference
in my life and my friends' and family's lives.”

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