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The Collier Challenge

Nathan S. Collier, of the Collier Companies, has generously offered a 10-year dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to help secure the Hippodrome’s future. This unprecedented gift will allow the Hippodrome to build up an unrestricted fund to help smooth out the cash flow challenges inherent to the seasonal nature of theatre. The theatre’s staff and board of trustees expect it to lay the foundation for growth and an even higher caliber of artistic product in the coming years.

You fill out a simple one-page pledge form stating the amount you intend to give annually from 2019 through 2029. You can fill these out here online, or download them and submit via email to development@thehipp.org.

After you make your pledged 2019 donation, Mr. Collier will contribute to the Hippodrome in the same amount. Your gift will go towards actor salaries, script royalties, educational programming, etc., and the Collier gift will go into an unrestricted endowment fund that will help stabilize the theatre’s operations into the future.

Note that the intent of this campaign is to generate new funds above and beyond current fundraising. Matches will be reserved for new donors and increased gifts from current annual donors.

Why Ten Years

Nathan S. Collier is challenging the community to join him in contributions the Hippodrome can count on and grow upon. Long-term pledges will allow the Hippodrome to make long-term plans, realistically, and follow through with them.

Why Now

In recent years federal funding for arts grants has steadily dried up, and in Florida our state legislature’s funding decisions have been wildly erratic. Theatre companies like the Hippodrome, along with all the educational and cultural programs attached to them, now live or die on home-grown support.

Why Only New Funds

This challenge grant is meant not only to increase the Hippodrome’s donor base, but also to be a fund above and beyond the fundraising currently in the Hippodrome’s annual operating budget.

Why Me

You are interested in the quality of life of this community, interested in having shared cultural experiences with your friends and neighbors, and interested in ensuring these experiences will be available to future generations.


Hippodrome 2029 Leadership Circle

Donors who join the Hippodrome 2029 Leadership Circle will have access to benefits we’ve never offered before – dinner with the casts or designers of productions, pre-show Mainstage lobby access (pending renovations), exclusive merchandise, and more – in addition to their normal donor benefits.

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