“Every adventure requires a first step.”

~ The Cheshire Cat

Step up and raise funds for Phoenix Youth Theatre this #GivingTuesday. We are celebrating our brand new status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit so your generous donations are tax deductible!

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We can’t do it alone.

Did you know that ticket revenue and class memberships make up less than half of our entire budget? As a nonprofit organization, PYT relies on the generosity of our families, friends and network to join in supporting the future of our remarkable theatre. Your fundraising dollars will make a BIG difference.

Kickstart your fundraising.

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Step 1: Be your own first donor

Your friends and family will be inspired by your dedication and will want to help you reach your goal. Locate your personal fundraising page link provided to you in an email from [email protected]

Step 2: Share your fundraising page

Time to get social! Post your fundraising page link on social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok—and tag your followers to encourage friends and family to donate. Tell them why you are stepping up—and why they should, too! Don’t forget to tag @PhoenixYouthTheatre on your posts so we can cheer you on!

You can send a text message, too! Text messages have been proven as a really powerful way to grab the attention of friends and family. You can get creative and personalize and/or simply use some of the text listed for social media posts!

We’ve provided some sample posts below.

Fun fact: people who use social media to promote their fundraising see a significant increase in donations.

Step 3: Send Emails

Send your story to friends, family and small businesses via email. Challenge your dentist, hair stylist, family attorney, accountant and orthodontist. When you CC [email protected] on a fundraising email request you send, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a chance for two to attend Phoenix Youth Theatre’s Mad Hatter Tea Party in February. Aim to send 10 emails on #GivingTuesday, and remember, the more you send, the more chances you have to win the raffle!

Step 4: Follow up Thursday

We did a little research and discovered that people are most generous on Thursday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00. You can take advantage of this information by following up with people you haven’t heard back from yet. Remember, it’s a busy time of year, so they may not have seen your first post. Let them know you’re counting on them.

Private Message on Facebook, Tag on Instagram and follow up with those emails you’ve sent.

Step 5: Express your gratitude

A simple thank you goes a long way! Don’t forget to thank your donors personally. Consider writing a handwritten note to put in the mail.

Social sharing and emails.

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Example Text

You can use the sample text below to get the word out to your networks! We have some example posts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and some example copy for emails and letters. You can copy and paste or get creative—just make sure to always include your personal fundraising page link in all of your posts.
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Post a Pic!

Along with the text, post a picture of your PYT student to grab some attention! Or, alternatively, check out the downloadable photos below.
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Tag and hash-tag

On all social media platforms, before hitting submit, tag your favourite friends followers in your comments. This way, they'll be notified of your amazing creation! Using appropriate hastags can increase reach, too. e.g #givingtuesday

Example text.

You can scroll right to view more of the caption.

PYT Story
Phoenix Youth Theatre is participating in #GivingTuesday_PYT, a month-long giving campaign beginning November 30th. 
Join  in supporting @PhoenixYouthTheatre as they recover from the devastating impact of Covid and rebuild what was lost and return to a full program. 
As a fundraising champion for Phoenix Youth Theatre, I have my own fundraising page, so check out this link to donate to my personal fundraiser today! [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Help Me Reach My Goal
#GivingTuesday_PYT starts today! 
My goal is to raise $500 for @PhoenixYouthTheatre, but I need YOUR help to get there. 
Remember, you don’t have to be on the stage to be a star! [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Support PYT
TODAY IS THE DAY! 
I need your help in supporting @PhoenixYouthTheatre so they can continue to bring remarkable theatre experiences to young performers like . 
I am fundraising for Phoenix Youth Theatre because [PERSONAL IMPACT STORY]. Please consider making a contribution to my fundraising page here: [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]. 
Your gift will make a huge impact on students.
Important To Me
#GivingTuesday_PYT is important to my family because . 
Join us as we support young performers at @phoenixyouththeatre! [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Support ‘student’
When you support Phoenix Youth Theatre on #GivingTuesday_PYT, you support . 
Give now: [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Support PYT
@PHXYouthTheatre needs YOU! Join me in supporting their #GivingTuesday_PYT fundraising drive. 
It’s your opportunity to step into the spotlight!: [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Help Me Reach My Goal
I am fundraising for @PHXYouthTheatre during #GivingTuesday_PYT beginning on November 30th through the end of the year! 
Check out my page here [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK] to donate and share! It’s your turn to step into the spotlight!
Thank you
Thank you to the donors and supporters that have helped me reach X% of my goal for @PHXYouthTheatre! 
Help me get to 100%: [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Important To Me
#GivingTuesday_PYT is important to my family because . 
Join us as we support young performers at @phoenixyouththeatre! [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Support ‘student’
When you support Phoenix Youth Theatre on #GivingTuesday_PYT, you support . 
Give now: [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]

Important: with Instagram, remember to insert the link to your fundraising page in your bio, that way your supporters will be able to navigate to your fundraising page right from Instagram! Then, remember to add, “link in bio” to the post.

PYT Story
Phoenix Youth Theatre is participating in #GivingTuesday_PYT, a month-long giving campaign beginning November 30th. 
Join  in supporting @PhoenixYouthTheatre as they recover from the devastating impact of Covid and rebuild what was lost and return to a full program. As a fundraising champion for Phoenix Youth Theatre, I have my own fundraising page, so check out this link to donate to my personal fundraiser today! [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Help Me Reach My Goal
#GivingTuesday_PYT starts today! My goal is to raise $500 for @PhoenixYouthTheatre, but I need YOUR help to get there. 
Remember, you don’t have to be on the stage to be a star! [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Support PYT
TODAY IS THE DAY! I need your help in supporting @PhoenixYouthTheatre so they can continue to bring remarkable theatre experiences to young performers like . 
I am fundraising for Phoenix Youth Theatre because [PERSONAL IMPACT STORY]. Please consider making a contribution to my fundraising page here: [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]. 
Your gift will make a huge impact on students.
Important To Me
#GivingTuesday_PYT is important to my family because . 
Join us as we support young performers at @phoenixyouththeatre! [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Support ‘student’
When you support Phoenix Youth Theatre on #GivingTuesday_PYT, you support . 
Give now: [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]
Family/Friends OPTION A:
Subject: Join  in supporting Phoenix Youth Theatre!
Dear (insert recipient name):

[Insert an appropriate relationship/connection introduction.] I am enrolled at Phoenix Youth Theatre and am performing in Alice in Wonderland Jr. this spring as [insert character]. It has been an incredible experience so far! I’m writing to ask you to spread the love this #GivingTuesday by donating to support the future of our remarkable theatre.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that inspires people to celebrate giving. As a nonprofit organization, PYT counts on the generosity of our families, friends and local businesses to support our programming. Can I count on you to help? [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]

In response to Covid, PYT closed its doors to in-person theatre opportunities. We weathered this last year with thoughtful determination—and now we’re back with nonprofit status, big ideas and a solid platform to grow. But we can’t do it alone.

We are seeking funding so we can 1) rebuild what was lost in membership and programming, 2) retain our current families, and 3) return to a fuller, more robust program, including Pre-K classes, four style-specific dance classes, a triple threat combination class, and adding one or two shorter run programs for our older performers.

Phoenix Youth Theatre provides remarkable theatre experiences for children and teens of all ages and abilities. We learn from professionals who are worthy heroes—veterans of the stage, experienced educators who love, inspire, and are overflowing with passion and positivity.

Whether in the audience, on the stage, or behind the curtain, our donors play a vital role in PYT’s ability to continue to provide these experiences for young aspiring performers.

Your donation will make a BIG difference, and it’s tax deductible!

​​“The secret, Alice, is to surround yourself with people who make your heart smile. It’s then, only then, that you’ll find Wonderland.” ~the Mad Hatter

[PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]

Thank you very much.

Love,

[Student name, cast role]
Family/Friends SHORT OPTION B:
Starting on November 30, I’m fundraising to support Phoenix Youth Theatre whose mission is to provide young people with the skills and personal attention they need to grow artistically and individually while participating in and learning about all aspects of high-quality theater production. 
Will you please consider supporting me today with a donation of ($100 or your suggested amount)? You can make your donation here [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]. Your dollars will be put to immediate work to create the greatest possible impact. 
And your donation is tax deductible!
Small Business Email
Subject: It’s that time of year!
Dear (insert recipient name):
 
My name is _______ and I am enrolled at Phoenix Youth Theatre in Scottsdale. [Insert family connection statement.] I am writing to ask you to spread the love this #GivingTuesday by donating to support the future of our remarkable theatre. [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE LINK]. 

Phoenix Youth Theatre provides amazing theatre experiences for children and teens of all ages and abilities. We learn from professionals who are worthy heroes—veterans of the stage, experienced educators who love, inspire, and are overflowing with passion and positivity.

Family connection possibilities:

Our family has been clients of your business for the past seven years.
        	I’m the one with the blue and gold elastics on my braces.
        	You’ll remember me from the time I…

#GivingTuesday is November 30, a global day of generosity that inspires people to celebrate giving. Our #GivingTuesday campaign continues through the end of the year.

In response to Covid, PYT closed its doors to in-person theatre opportunities. We weathered this last year with thoughtful determination—and now we’re back with nonprofit status, big ideas and a solid platform to grow. But we can’t do it alone.

We are seeking funding so we can 1) rebuild what was lost in membership and programming, 2) retain our current families, and 3) return to a fuller, more robust program, including Pre-K classes, four style-specific dance classes, a triple threat combination class, and adding one or two shorter run programs for our older performers.

As a nonprofit organization, PYT counts on the generosity of our local businesses so our students can keep experiencing the WOW we are famous for. Whether in the audience, on the stage, or behind the curtain, our donors play a vital role in PYT’s ability to continue to provide these experiences for young aspiring performers.

Your donation will make a BIG difference. And don’t forget, the CARES Act allows corporations to deduct charitable gifts up to 25% of the corporation’s taxable income for 2021.
 
Thank you very much.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
[Student name, cast role] 

Downloadables.

Fun fact: posting photos and videos with text creates a significant increase in engagement. People like pics! Who are we to argue? The images below are provided to supplement your posts and emails. You can, of course, post your own photos (your cast member for example) if that suits you better.

Social Media Images

On a desktop, click the image you like to download. On an iPhone, if you touch the image you want, you’ll be taken to a new window. Once there, touch the image once more, and an ‘Open in…’ link will appear. Click and ‘Save Image’.

Download Film To Share

On a desktop, click the image and click the arrow (top right) in the download window that opens. On an iPhone, click the three dots (top right) and click ‘Send a Copy.’ Once there, click ‘Save Video’ to save to your device photo app.