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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, symposia, 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.

The following are benefits for individual donors. Individual donors make up the majority of the Festival’s contributors and the Festival is incredibly grateful for the generosity of those donors.

Bronze Giving Circle

$1 – $99

Silver Giving Circle

$100 – $249

Mention in program

Gold Giving Circle


Above benefits plus early single ticket purchase opportunity;

Platinum Giving Circle

$500 – $999

Above benefits plus an invitation to a backstage tour;

Sapphire Giving Circle

$1,000 – $2,499

Above benefits plus an invitation to first read-through;

Emerald Giving Circle

$2,500 – 4,999

Above benefits plus an invitation to visit a technical rehearsal;

Ruby Giving Circle

$5,000 – $9,999

Above benefits plus an invitation to an Opening Night Pre-Show reception;

Diamond Giving Circle


Above benefits plus your name at the entrance to the performance venue during the season.

For more information, please contact or call 507.474.9381.

The Leadership Circle

The 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
John and Margaret Cross Memorial Fund
Dahl Toyota
Great River Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Laurie Lucas
Merchants Bank
Dan & Pat Rukavina
Slaggie Family Foundation
Thern, Inc.
Winona National Bank

For more information, please contact or call 507.474.9381.

Business Partners

Become a Business Partner of the Great River Shakespeare Festival!

GRSF Business Partners are encouraged to join with GRSF to accomplish several goals:

  1. Cross promotion
  2. Increased revenues by driving business to partners
  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 Business Partner includes the following benefits (each level includes benefits listed in levels above it):

$50 to $499

  • Listing in the playbill
  • 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)
  • Business Partner window cling

$500 to $999

  • All above benefits plus:
  • Feature on the GRSF website with a link to your business page
  • Mention in GRSF development newsletter

$1000 to $3,499

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

$3,500 and above

Sponsorship of events such as Narrated Set Changeovers, Chill with Will Performances, Pre-Show Conversations, shows and more begins at $3,500.

For more information, please contact or call 507.474.9381.

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 Aaron Young, Managing Director at

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.

Great River Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and all gifts are eligible for tax deduction. Our FEIN is 01-0765907 and our business address is 121 E 3rd St, Winona, MN 55987.

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