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Planned Giving

Estate gifts are critical to ensuring CTC’s future in our community and our continuing leadership in the field of multigenerational theatre. As a member of the Encore Circle, your planned gift becomes part of CTC’s endowment, a fund that is invested to generate sustainable income for the important work we do each day. Your gift serves as an enduring legacy of your generosity and ensures that CTC can empower the generations of today and tomorrow.

For more information on gift planning or to let us know you’ve already included CTC in your estate plans, please contact Director of Development, Katie Nelsen, CFRE, at or 612.872.5106.


Encore Circle Members

CTC gratefully recognizes the following lifetime members of the Encore Circle. 

Marty Allen
Ann Barkelew*
The Estate of Helen Barton, M.D.
Kay and Rick Bendel*
The Bendel-Stenzel Family+
Mollie and Wayne Brunetti*
Carol E. Cook
Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation*
Mary Anne Ebert and Paul Stembler
Rajiv Garg and Sangeeta Jain*
Beverly Grossman*
Alfred Harrison and Ingrid Lenz Harrison
Sandy and John Hey*
Barbara and James Jeffers
Gloria and Ivars Kauls

Joe and Anne Keeley*
Liz and Jim Krezowski*
Lindsay J. Kruh
The Estate of Ilona Lazar*
Jo Ann and Jerome Noack

The Estate of Joyce R. Nordstrom
Deane G. Peters
Martha and Greg Pomerantz*
Frank and Betsy Russomanno*
Deb Sakry Lande and John Lande
Anne Larsen Simonson/Larsen Fund*
Glenda and Richard Struthers*
The Estate of Scott Thatcher
Denny and Karen Vaughn
The Estate of Eva O. Young   

+ Member of CTC Board of Directors
*Former member of CTC Board of Directors 


As an Encore Circle member, you’ll enjoy the following lifetime benefits:

  • Invitations to exclusive CTC events and an annual Encore Circle reception 
  • Recognition in CTC’s print and digital publications 
  • Private, personalized backstage tours upon request 
  • Two tickets to an opening night reception and performance

Why We Give

Lindsay Kruh

It’s important to know that I can make a small difference in continuing the work that has been meaningful to me. CTC brings opportunities to so many children and families who might not otherwise be able to experience the arts.” 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I establish a planned gift with CTC? 

You can establish a planned gift for CTC by simply naming Children’s Theatre Company (EIN 41-1254553) as a full or partial beneficiary of your will, IRA, retirement plan, life insurance policy, trust, or donor advised fund. There is no minimum amount required to build a legacy.  

Once you have established your gift, please let us know—we would love the opportunity to recognize your generosity. 

What kind of impact can my planned gift make? 

When you become a member of the Encore Circle, your gift becomes a part of CTC’s endowment, a fund that is invested to generate sustainable income for the important work we do each day—educating, challenging, and inspiring the young people on our stages, in our classrooms, and throughout our community. Generations of young people will benefit from your generosity and your belief in the power of transformational theatre experiences. 

I would like to learn more about establishing a planned gift for CTC. Whom can I contact? 

For more information on the Encore Circle and planning your CTC legacy, please contact Director of Development Katie Nelsen, CFRE at 612.872.5106 or