Make a 2020 Donation

This is a challenging time for all, and the arts are experiencing an existential threat to programs in schools and dark theaters for the foreseeable future.

Donations directly support OE's bold and innovative plans created in response to the global pandemic, and our ability to continue serving the community through our education programming and (new) virtual concerts. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.


Checks can be made out to 'Opera Edwardsville' and mailed to:

116 Briar Lane, Edwardsville, IL 62025


OE is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit arts organization and donations are 100% deductible.

CARES Act Increases Deductions for Charitable Contributions

As a non-profit, OE relies on the support of music fans and philanthropists – like you – who believe in our mission to empower musicians and inspire audiences. Music has never been more important to us as a source of inspiration and entertainment than in this time of uncertainty. We are deeply appreciative of your commitment to OE during these times and want to share how some of the legislation in the new “CARES” Act may help you deduct your donations to OE.

For those who don’t itemize their taxes…

The bill allows for up to $300 in charitable contributions to be an above-the-line deduction, meaning you don’t have to itemize to claim the deduction. Contributions must be cash donation(s) to qualified charities.

For those who do itemize…

The bill increases the cap on annual giving from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent.

Here is a quick explainer from the New York Times:

As part of the bill, donors can deduct 100 percent of their gift against their 2020 adjusted gross income. If you have $1 million of income, you can give $1 million to a public charity and deduct the full amount in 2020. The new deduction is only for cash gifts that go to a public charity. If you give cash to, say, your private foundation, the old deduction rules apply. And while the organizations that manage donor advised funds are public charities, you do not get the higher deduction for donating cash to your donor advised fund. If your assets are substantial enough that you can give more than your income this year, you won’t lose the deduction for the excess amount. You can use it next year, as has always been the case.

2020 Sponsors & Donors

Lead Sponsors

Edwardsville Rotary Club

Lewis Rice



Barbara Archer and Carol Rogers

Kathryn and Bob Biarkis

Tara and Patrick Biarkis

Susan Bostwick

Maxine and Doug Callies

Andrew Carr

Patricia and David Cassens

Becky and Dale Claussen

Cathy Crowder

Carol Dappernt and Mary Christine McMahon

Dr. Thersea Elofson

Mary Ruth Kettenbach

Barb and Tom Kinsella

Carol Gerdt and John Harvey

Deb and John Higgins

James Hopkins

Susan and Bill Lucco

Michael MacDonald

Brenda Mainer and Bob Wetzel

Michelle Mulligan

Catherine O'Neill

Radon Safety Squad

Mitchell Rotman

Kristine Rull

Diane Schrage

Edward Schroeder

Marian and Mike Smithson

Margaret and Bart Solon

Michelle and Jason Stacy

John and Mary Tabash

Margaret and Rod Vaught

Richard and Missy Walker

Joan and Clark Wagner

Suzanne L. Wagner

James and Jane Weingartner

Kay and David Werner

S. LaVernn Wilson