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Why Give

Whitaker Center is the mid-state’s premier center for the arts and sciences offering exciting new learning experiences, intriguing world-class exhibits, breathtaking giant-screen films, live performing arts and grand events.

Whitaker Center makes Central Pennsylvania a better place to live, work and play, and is widely regarded as a regional treasure. However, the Center is not self-sustaining.  Since admissions and ticket sales cover only two-thirds of our expenses, we rely on donations, sponsorships and grants for more than $2,000,000 annually and additional gifts for large capital and building expenditures so that everything the Center offers can remain affordable and accessible to all.

Since Whitaker Center is a not-for-profit organization, recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS, all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.  The official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.

How to Give

Outright Gifts

To make a contribution to Whitaker Center right now in any amount, you may choose to give in any of the following ways.  Donors who give $500 or more during the year are invited to join our Gems Society, which includes a variety of donor privileges and recognition in addition to membership benefits.

  • Send a check made payable to Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts to:
    Development Office
    Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
    225 Market Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17101-2205
  • Call the Development Office at 717/724-3886 to make a credit card donation over the phone.
  • Click here, or click the 'Donate Now' button at the top of the page to give a donation online.
  • The new Whitaker Society has been created to ensure that the spirit of philanthropy of Uncas A. Whitaker and his wife, Helen F. Whitaker, lives on and that their legacy continues. Join the Whitaker Society here.

Stock Gifts

To make a tax-free stock gift to Whitaker Center, call the Development Office at 717/724-3886 for transfer instructions.

Automatic Withdrawal

To make a commitment to give on a regular basis over time, click here to download a form for automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account.  You will need to return the completed form with a voided check.


To make a commitment to give over a period of time before the end of our fiscal year (September 30) or over a multi-year period, click here to download a pledge form.

Gift Planning

There are many ways to make a contribution from assets other than cash.  You can name Whitaker Center as a beneficiary of an individual retirement account (IRA), pension, life insurance policy, charitable trust or charitable gift annuity.  You can make a gift of stock, real estate or other tangible assets, such as automobiles, artwork and collections.  You can also name Whitaker Center in your will for a bequest of a certain percentage or dollar amount or a residuary or contingent bequest.

The Slate & Stone Society

Create A Lasting Legacy - Planned Giving
Legacy gifts to Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts can affect our mission for generations to come.

There are many creative ways to affirm your commitment to our mission through a legacy gift. An outright bequest, a gift of life insurance or a charitable gift annuity are just a few of the ways you can have a lasting impact on the future of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Click here to download a Gift Intention Form.

Thank you for your generosity on behalf of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts!

The Mission of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is to serve as the center for scientific, artistic, cultural and educational activities to enhance the region’s quality of life and economic vitality.