Thinking Outside the Fundraising Box Early resident stages often lost money and declared themselves non-profit by design. But today the fundraising challenge has grown exponentially -- and troupes are finding creative solutions to fundraising.
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Thinking Outside the Fundraising Box

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Early resident stages often lost money, but turned that to their advantage by declaring themselves non-profit by design — like symphonies, which could accept tax-free donations because they were "educational." Today, the fundraising challenge has grown exponentially. NPR's Neda Ulaby examines subscriptions, tax breaks and other highly creative solutions to the problem of raising money to raise the curtain.

Web Extra: Ben Cameron, executive director of the Theater Communication Group, talks about the challenges of funding regional theater in America.

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Scene from Living Out, a recent Borderlands Theater production of a Lisa Loomer play about "border people" -- in this case, a young woman illegally seeking work as a nanny. John Sweeney/Borderlands Theater hide caption

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