Georgia Shakespeare Hits $1 Million Fundraising Goal

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Georgia ShakespeareHarland Foundation’s $50,000 Challenge Gift Pushes Campaign Past Its Goal

Georgia Shakespeare announced today that the company had raised $970,575 by the final day of its annual giving campaign, triggering a $50,000 challenge gift from the Harland Foundation.  The Harland Foundation gift enabled Georgia Shakespeare to surpass its annual giving campaign goal of $1 million, with a total of $1,020,575 (unaudited).

Entering the final week of the campaign, the company needed $67,000 to achieve its goal.  The late surge was powered largely by gifts from nearly 100 individual donors, but also received big boosts on the final day with substantial gifts from the Turner Voices program of Turner Broadcasting and former Georgia Shakespeare intern Jennifer Garner.

“We still have much progress to make, but hitting our goal was a huge step forward in restoring ourselves to a strong, vibrant company that is sustainable over the long haul,” said co-founder and producing artistic director Richard Garner.  “We are thankful to everyone who gave, and are moving forward with strong determination to accelerate our momentum.”

In 2012, the company announced that it was focusing its 2013 programing on a limited number of productions while it reworks its operating model.  While that new operating model is not expected to dictate a move outside the company’s focus on world-class productions of Shakespeare and other timeless stories, it is expected to feature substantial changes in how the company schedules and structures its productions.

The company’s board of trustees reviewed and endorsed the key elements of that new operating model at its annual meeting on January 26, and the specifics of that new approach will be announced fully in late March.

“We truly believe our best days are ahead of us,” said Richard Garner, “and we are more determined than ever to keep taking bold steps to get to where we need to be.”