We’re Glad You’re Here!
GiGi’s Playhouse is a non-profit 501(c)3. A donation of any amount will help us provide FREE programs to individuals with Down syndrome in our community and raise acceptance, awareness and achievement. We are able to keep our doors open due to grants, annual fundraisers, individual and in-kind donations, and volunteerism. Without the generosity and support of our valued investors, we would not be open today. All donations to GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee are tax deductible.
For less than a $1 per day, less than a third of the cost of a grande latte, you can make an impact. Specific impacts of your gift may include:
- More individuals learning to read and write.
- More individuals gaining greater self-confidence.
- More individuals learning to count and practice arithmetic.
- More individuals improving their motor skills and social skills.
- More program development for continued progress and achievement.
- The long-term outcomes of your monthly gift are courage, empowerment, and achievement
To donate monthly, please click HERE. We thank you for your generosity!
GiGi’s Playhouse hosts various fundraisers throughout the year such as a Dance-a-Thon, a Brew Ha Ha, and more. These events help us to raise awareness about Down syndrome and promote acceptance and individual success. When you invest in GiGi’s Playhouse, you are helping to promote academic and therapeutic programming which increases consistent participation and achievement. Think about the pride you'll feel in helping others; your belief and generosity can create so many opportunities for achievement! Because of investors like you, the future will be brighter and more hopeful. More individuals will learn to read, do math, create art, stay healthy, develop career skills, and live truly beautiful lives. More families will celebrate their child's abilities. More communities will embrace individuals with Down syndrome as equals and friends. These miracles begin at GiGi's Playhouse, as we are stronger together. Thank you for your consideration, and for believing in our individuals!
Events are publicized through direct mailings, e-mail newsletters, and social media such as Facebook. Event attendance can range from an intimate gathering of 50-75 people to several thousand guests. For more information on the benefits of event sponsorships, please e-mail us a t Milwaukee@gigisplayhouse.org. Please make sure to subscribe to all our COMMUNICATIONS and join us to celebrate our individuals and their families!
Honor a loved one or someone special in your life by sponsoring a room in GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee. Individual, family, foundation or business names will be prominently displayed outside the room on a special sign as sponsors. Anonymous sponsorships are also available. Funds donated through naming opportunities help pay for educational, therapeutic and career development programming that is FREE to our participants. Naming sponsorships are available for one-year, multi-year, and ongoing frequencies. Please contact us regarding sponsorship levels and availability at Milwaukee@gigisplayhouse.org.
Employee Giving and Company Matching
Did you know your gift can be doubled, tripled & even quadrupled? You may be able to increase the impact of your donation to GiGi’s Playhouse. Many corporations seek to engage their employees by offering them opportunities to give back. These workplace giving programs demonstrate an organization’s values and company culture and provide a simple way for team members to get involved with a nonprofit’s mission. Some common types of employee giving programs include: Automatic payroll deductions, employee peer-to-peer fundraising, volunteer hours, or volunteer time off. Click here to see if your company matches!
Each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving we take part in Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give to GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee.
Jeans for Genes
Host a Jeans for Gene’s day. On this day employees can pay $5 (or designed amount) to wear jeans to work! If just 50 employees participate we will fund one participant through five 1:1 therapeutic and educational sessions. Literacy and math are just some of the vital programs that we offer for FREE to families at GiGi’s Playhouse. View Jeans for Genes Flyer
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Host Your Own Event to Benefit the Playhouse:
Events like community lemonade stands, a local 5K, wine tastings, driving range days, book drives, or exotic car shows where donations are collected for GiGi’s Playhouse, all help to support our Playhouse. In-kind sponsorships include: volunteers’ time, services, or expertise as well as goods or donations including products. These are just some of the additional ways you can support our individuals with Down syndrome and the core programs they utilize at GiGi’s Playhouse. For more information on how to host a fundraising event for the Milwaukee Playhouse, please contact us at Milwaukee@gigisplayhouse.org.
Host a Supply Drive to Benefit the Playhouse:
Our core programs require various supplies and materials including markers, crayons, colored pencils, white boards, cork boards, toys, puzzles, educational and interactive games, and more. Our events and programs require snacks, sodas, water, and disposable plates or silverware. Our business operations require office supplies such as stamps, printer toner, copy paper, and more. We also need to keep the playhouse clean, and need supplies such as paper towels, garbage bags and more. Please contact our Site Coordinator about any “hot items” that are needed by the playhouse, and please consider creating a supply drive with your family, friends, local schools, co-workers and especially local businesses to support the Milwaukee Playhouse!
Special Occasion Giving:
Brides and grooms can make a charitable donation on behalf of their guests in lieu of wedding favors. You can also make a donation in honor of someone’s birthday or wedding anniversary. When you make an occasional gift, we can send a card to your honorees informing them that you have given the gift of confidence, belief and achievement on their behalf. For more information on occasional giving, please contact us at Milwaukee@gigisplayhouse.org.
Leaving a legacy of financial support through a bequest, life insurance policy or other planned gift arrangement in your estate planning, allows you to continue to support individuals with Down syndrome for years to come. We will always have many individuals and families to support each year, your bequest will provide programming, family resources, and continued advocacy long after you are gone. Your planned gift to GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee will truly be your legacy to our individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and the community.
The passing of a loved one is always difficult. We want to help you honor your loved ones in this time and in the future. By designating GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee as a recipient of memorial donations you can do just that. Donations in this manner are inspirational and help us to honor our community. Memorials can help to fund programs, renovate or update spaces for better use or specific uses, and help us to have a visual reminder of the good that came from a loved ones memory. Thank you for your generosity in this challenging time.
Company Match Donations
Your gift can change a life. Your company’s matching gift can change another.
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! A matching gift is a great way for a donor to increase the impact of your donation to GiGi’s Playhouse.
To find out if your company will match gifts to the GiGi’s Playhouse, please enter your employer's name below:
If you do not find your employer through this search, please check with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program that will match your gift or volunteer hours to GiGi’s Playhouse.
GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee
8685 N. Port Washington Road
Fox Point, WI 53217
Everyone at GiGi’s Playhouse thanks you for your generosity.
Impact Partnerships at GiGi's Playhouse: Benefits of Corporate Giving
GiGi’s Playhouse advances impact for individuals with Down syndrome and the community by connecting families and businesses. Through marketing, volunteerism, and charitable giving --- corporations and local businesses can impact:
Estimated discretionary spending of MILLIONS of families in the disability community exceeds $200 billion per year. We all work, eat, drink, shop, play and more!
• DID YOU KNOW: the collective number of individuals and families with disabilities actually make up the largest minority group in the world?
Connect with MILLIONS of families and households locally, regionally or nationwide via GiGi’s Playhouse social media, events and programs.
• Annual Network Facebook Fan Reach: 12,000,000+
• Annual Network Web Page Views: 1,000,000+
• Hundreds of Galas, 5K Run/Walks and Golf Outings
• Daily Foot Traffic at 33 Playhouses (and growing!)
Enhance and enrich employees’ work experience and work-life balance through volunteerism at Playhouses and various events throughout the year.
90% of ALL consumers are willing to switch brand preferences to one associated with a good cause that is important to them!
All partnerships can be customized to best fulfill the marketing, philanthropic and social responsibility goals of your company. For ways in which your company can partner with GiGi’s Playhouse please contact us, at firstname.lastname@example.org.