Why and How to Give to City Lights


You know City Lights is a major cultural asset in our community. Perhaps you value our artistic quality, the exuberance of our shows, or our risk-taking scripts? Or maybe it’s our intimate venue and friendly staff that keep you coming back. Whatever the reason, we’re glad you’re part of our family. In an expensive area that can be tough for nonprofits, we’re proud that City Lights, a registered 501(c)(3), has closed the last 14 consecutive years in the black. Your patronage is an essential part of our success.

Please donate and help us keep creating innovative theater. In addition to accepting cash and in-kind donations, City Lights offers many ways to make your gift, and a number of benefits for giving. Please contact us at citylights@cltc.org or 408-295-4200 if you have questions or other ideas. Thank you!


Giving Options

Donate cash, one-time or monthly: The most straightforward way to contribute is also the most needed.

Sponsor a show, donate your expertise, contribute a car: Get creative with your generosity.

Corporate grants and matching gifts: Be good company.

Give while you shop: Check out the AmazonSmile and eScrip programs.

Include City Lights in your plans: We can now accept donations of stock, as well as bequests or legacies.

Volunteer: From the administrative office to the concessions stand to the backstage, we appreciate our volunteers! Call 408-295-4200 for more information.


Donor Levels and Benefits

Are you a doer, a dreamer, a visionary? See the City Lights donor levels and benefits that come with them.


Corporate Sponsorship

For companies interested in sponsoring, we also have many different benefits in return.



These are a few of our favorite people. View lists of individual and corporate & foundation supporters.


Steve Lambert and Julianne Arnal in  Proof (2005).