BrightSide Theater receives three grants to support programming
BrightSide Theater recently received a $20,000 grant from the DuPage Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program to support its annual programming, including 10th Anniversary Mainstage Productions, the BrightSide Theater Youth Project and the New Program Theater in the Parks with BrightSide Theatre. Additionally, the theater received two $500 grants from two other funds.
Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak lead the BrightSide Theater’s 10th anniversary as Naperville’s only professional theater performing in the historic downtown district.
Productions this season include “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play”, “Promises, Promises in Concert”, “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, and “Mamma Mia!”, as well as the BrightSide Theater Youth production Project of “The Descendants of Disney.”
The second annual Theater in the Parks with BrightSide Theater will take place in Naperville area parks this summer. BrightSide Theater is committed to “enlighten, educate and entertain” through comedy and inspiring stories from around the world.
BrightSide shows are selected to be a mix of award winners, premieres, modern works and timeless classics intended to reflect and inform our community. For more information about BrightSide Theatre, visit www.brightsidetheatre.com.
BrightSide Theater is one of 31 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant through the DuPage Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program.
“We are proud to deploy these much-needed grants to nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to serve our community, especially as the lingering effects of the pandemic have forced many to reimagine and rebuild their operations and programs. said Barb Szczepaniak, vice president of programs for the DuPage Foundation. “We are grateful to our donors for their generosity and desire to increase funding to support these organizations.”
BrightSide Theater also received a generous donation of $500, courtesy of the DuPage Foundation’s Michael J. Schroeck Fund grant.
Additionally, on behalf of the volunteer efforts of Morgan Stanley employee Margaret Birch, the current treasurer of the BrightSide Theatre, the organization received a $500 grant to be used exclusively for public community programming and educational programs.
The Morgan Stanley Foundation is proud to support organizations that provide services in the areas of children’s health, community education, health and social services, and environmental protection. This foundation contribution represents the support of all Morgan Stanley business units.
During the Fall 2021 Community Needs Cycle, the DuPage Foundation awarded $432,193 to organizations working in education, arts and culture, the environment, and animal welfare. .
During the past fiscal year, the DuPage Foundation awarded nearly $9 million through Community Needs, Donor Advised Grants, Special Initiatives, and Named Grants. Thanks to additional donations from donors and donor-advisors of the DuPage Foundation, the foundation was able to award $179,393 in addition to its regular grant budget for community needs.
The DuPage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) community foundation, is DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. It manages more than $125 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving DuPage County residents since its founding in 1986.
Individuals and organizations looking to provide effective support to solve critical issues in DuPage County and beyond can create powerful, customizable gifting solutions and partnerships through DuPage Foundation. More at dupagefoundation.org.
Applications for the DuPage Foundation Community Needs Grant Program are accepted twice a year. The spring cycle awards grants to organizations working in health and social services with applications due Friday, March 4.