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Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Support Us

Whitaker Center was founded to make Central Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play!

As a non-profit organization, we are not self-sustaining. We rely on donations from those who support first-class learning experiences, inspiring live performances, and amazing films. Your gift will help Whitaker Center stay accessible to all and be the place where people of all ages can discover the wonders of art and science while creating unforgettable experiences.

Whether you are an individual looking to make an outright or planned gift or a company interested in supporting your community and reaching new patrons, we have a variety of giving options to meet your needs. For information on giving options, please see the specific items below or contact the Development Office at development@whitakercenter.org or call 717-724-3886.


 

GENDER AND RACIAL EQUITY NETWORK

EQUITY GIVING. NEW TO WHITAKER!

Despite being among the highest paying and fastest-growing careers in the United States, women and people of color account for just a small percentage of people in STEM careers. Studies show that this lack of diversity is due in part to a lack of access to STEM engagement and stereotypes surrounding STEM fields.



  • STEM Scholarships – In FY 2019 over 9,000 students and chaperons received scholarships to attend Whitaker Center programs.
  • Community Classrooms - Whitaker Center opened its doors to students in need of support during online learning, offering internet access, homework assistance, and free meals to students.
  • Girls in STEM Programs - In FY 2019 over 600 girls and chaperons attended programs including Girls in STEM Summer Camps, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Night, Girls in STEM: Exploring Your Future Day, Girl Scout Badge Workshops, and more.
  • Girls in STEM: Emerging Healthcare Careers Program - Piloted in 2020 in partnership with Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine, this program offers young women in high school the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare and biomedical fields.
  • Women in STEM Initiative - The annual Women in STEM Awards Program and Women in STEM Networking Nights offer opportunities for connections and breaking of stereotypes surrounding STEM careers.
  • Youth Rising: Stand Together - A speaker series in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sister and the Chamber of Commerce. It is offered to middle and high school students so that they may have opportunities for meaningful interactions with professionals of color and bridge the gap in opportunities for youth in the Capital Region.
  • Pre – K STEM Grow Up Great Partnership with PNC Bank and the United Way – In FY 2019 over 1,333 children and parents from moderate-income backgrounds were able to attend Pre-K STEM educational programs.
  • Holiday Gift Drive-In 2020 Whitaker Center, through the support of Representative Patty Kim and sponsorship from Highmark, provided 4-5 fun and educational STEM gifts to over 85 children (ages 0-16) from local families who may need a little help this holiday season.

We are proud to offer a range of Gender and Racial Equity Programs that address the unique financial and engagement needs of students from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. We hope you will join us in supporting these efforts and building the next generation of STEM leaders in Central PA.


Support our Gender and Racial Equity Programs

Corporate Partners - $10,000 minimum

SMALL BUSINESS & INDIVIDUALS - $5,000 minimum 

OR SMALLER MONETARY DONATION

As you review your year-end charitable donations, please consider Whitaker Center and the impact we have made in our community. To donate, please mail checks to Whitaker Center 222 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 or email mholloway@whitakercenter.org for payments by card.


 

Stock Gifts

To make a tax-free stock gift to Whitaker Center, please contact the Development Office by email or call 717-724-3886 for transfer instructions.
 

Matching Gifts

Your contribution could go twice as far with a matching gift!

Many employers offer matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. By taking advantage of your company’s matching gift program, you may be able to double, or even triple, the impact of your contribution. To find out if your company participates in a matching gift program, please check with your company’s Human Resources Department. To send a matching gift, please request a matching gift form from your company and send a completed copy with or following your contribution to the Development Office address listed above.


 

HOW TO GIVE

To make a contribution to Whitaker Center, you may choose to give in any of the following ways:

  • Send a check made payable to Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts to:
    Development Office
    Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts,
    222 Market Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17101
  • Call the Development Office at 717-724-3886 to make a credit card donation over the phone
     


Stock Gifts

To make a tax-free stock gift to Whitaker Center, please contact the Development Office by email or call 717-724-3886 for transfer instructions.
 

Matching Gifts

Your contribution could go twice as far with a matching gift!

Many employers offer matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. By taking advantage of your company’s matching gift program, you may be able to double, or even triple, the impact of your contribution. To find out if your company participates in a matching gift program, please check with your company’s Human Resources Department. To send a matching gift, please request a matching gift form from your company and send a completed copy with or following your contribution to the Development Office address listed above.



INDIVIDUAL GIVING

CORPORATE GIVING

PLANNED GIVING

WHITAKER SOCIETY

ADVANCING PERFORMING ARTS CHALLENGE

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH FUND

TRÈS BONNE ANNÉE

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