Why Give to GRSF?

GRSF Belongs To You!


At  Great River Shakespeare Festival the lights go down, the actors speak, and together we begin a conversation about love, war, jealousy, truth, honor, grace.

Because of your participation, together means all of us.

View our 2016 Annual Report here.



Your contribution will help create:

Theater that moves the heart and touches the soul.

Educational opportunities that bring the compelling experience of theater to learners of all ages.

1.6 million dollars of revenue generated annually into the region.

Special events, free concerts, symposiums, and collaborations with art scholars and artists in all mediums.



All contributions are tax deductible and will be listed in the Playbill at the appropriate level.

iam GRSF: Individual Giving



The following are the benefits each member receives at each partnership level (all levels receive benefits of the levels of giving above them in addition to listed benefits):


  • Mention in iamGRSF section of Seasonal Playbill
  • Development E-newsletters


  • Priority Seating Selection
  • iamGRSF lapel pin (to be picked up at GRSF Box Office at 79 E. Third Street)


  • Commemorative Season Gift (available only at GRSF Merchandise Booth during performances)


  • Complimentary backstage tour (date to be arranged)


  • Invitation to view a rehearsal

$10,000 and up

  • Invitation to join the Leadership Circle, which entitles you to be a part of a select group of major donors who:
    • Are the first to hear the selected plays for upcoming seasons at a pre-season breakfast
    • Make a special toast from the stage on the first opening night of the season
    • Recognized with name/logo on sponsorship board in lobby and video sponsor loop that runs through the entire GRSF season
    • Invited to sponsor one show and have sponsorship announced from the stage

What our iamGRSF members are saying about their festival:

“GRSF is great for the community and our region, and what’s great is well worth supporting.” – Gary Evans, Senior Consultant, HBC, Inc.

“We are happy to be able to support Great River Shakespeare Festival. We view it as a very important part of what’s happening in Winona and wish them continued success. We all recognize the Festival’s award-winning productions and positive impact on Winona’s business community.” -Mike Slaggie, Slaggie Family Foundation




Please contact Kelley Olson, Development Director at kelleyo@grsf.org or call directly at 507-474-9381 with any questions on how to become a part of iamGRSF!

The Leadership Circle: Major Donors

The Leadership Circle

Leadership-Circle-LogoThe Leadership Circle was created with a very clear goal:

To secure major sustaining sponsors, each with a proven commitment to the enrichment of our community and/or a long history of supporting Great River Shakespeare Festival.

The Circle forms the cornerstone of private funding for the Festival’s foreseeable future. Having added their collective names to this initiative, each member of The Leadership Circle is sending a clear message to

  • Foundations
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Public Funding Sources
  • Individual Community Members

that the Great River Shakespeare Festival is integral to the fabric of Winona. The Leadership Circle is committed to providing guidance, solid business input and insight, and resources that will foster the stability the Festival needs to further sustain its programming and impact the arts in our region.

The following proud members of the GRSF Leadership Circle invite you to join them in their support of GRSF:

Dave & Muriel Arnold and Family
Angus & Judith Callender
John and Margaret Cross Memorial Fund
Dahl Toyota
Great River Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
JR Watkins Naturals
Laurie Lucas
Merchants Bank
Miller Scrap
Dan & Pat Rukavina
Slaggie Family Foundation
Thern, Inc.
Winona National Bank

Please contact Kelley Olson, Development Director at kelleyo@grsf.org or 507-474-9381 with any questions.

Great River League: Businesses

Great River League

Become a GRL Sustaining Member!

Great River League

Great-River-League-logoBecome a GRL Sustaining Member!

The Great River League program encourages businesses and professionals  to partner with GRSF with four goals:

  1. Cross promotion
  2. Increased revenues by driving business to GRL members
  3. Collaborating on special events and offers that enhance visibility and community engagement
  4. Ongoing support of the Festival to create even more opportunity for growth to the region

A gift to become a Great River League Member includes the following benefits (each level includes benefits listed in levels above it):

$50 to $499

  • Listing in the playbill as a GRL member
  • Listing in the information packet handed to the entire GRSF company on their arrival to Winona (over 100 company members!)
  • Your promotional materials visibly placed in the GRSF Box Offices (over 10,000 attendees come through each season)
  • GRL Window Cling

$500 to $999

  • Feature on the GRSF homepage with a link to your business page
  • Mention in GRSF bi-monthly development newsletter

$1000 to $2,999

  • Vouchers for up to six tickets (to be used any way you wish–donate, share with employees, family or friends)

$3000 to $4,999

  • Business logo listing on the GRSF sponsor Board displayed prominently in theater lobby and in the downtown Box Office
  • 10% discount on playbill advertisements

$5000 to $9,999

  • Vouchers for up to eight tickets (to be used any way you wish–donate, share with employees, family or friends)
  • Complimentary one-inch advertisement in playbill or 25% discount on any larger program advertisement

Any donation above $10,000 includes an invitation to join our Leadership Circle.

See the Leadership Circle section above for more details.

Please contact Kelley Olson, Development Director at kelleyo@grsf.org or 507-474-9381 with any questions.

Grants and Foundations

Grants and Foundations

Foundation and Government funding is integral to the non-profit arts world, and we are very appreciative of the guidance and assistance from the following Foundations and Granting Organizations who continue to recognize GRSF’s value and accomplishments by awarding us with support:



MNState Arts Board

National Endowment For The Arts


Winona Community Foundation



Elizabeth Callender King Foundation

IBM Corporation

LaCrosse Community Foundation’s Bob and Jean Marck Family Fund

Margaret H and James E Kelley Foundation

Red Wing Shoe Foundation

Target Foundation


For additional information please contact Valerie Williams, Development Associate, at valeriew@grsf.org

Please make a donation to the Great River Shakespeare Festival.

From Chill With Will, to student and group discounts, and Prelude Pricing, GRSF is doing even more than ever before to ensure everyone in the community has access.

So join us and “Get Carried Away.” Your donation makes it all possible.