SAN DIEGO – April 27, 2016 – The Old Globe received a $75,000 donation from the Blachford-Cooper Fund at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. The Old Globe, located in Balboa Park, is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for more than 80 years.
“The Old Globe’s annual budget is approximately $22 million, but only a portion of the organization’s expenses are covered by ticket revenue, so donations from the public are vitally important to keep the mission of the Old Globe alive,” said Peter J. Cooper, the vice chair of arts engagement at The Old Globe and funder of the Blachford-Cooper Fund at SDHDF.
“The Board, staff, artists, and audiences of The Old Globe are grateful to the Blachford-Cooper fund for their generosity,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “This wonderful gift will help sustain the Globe’s year-round artistic operations. Norman and Peter are great friends to this institution and also to the arts in San Diego more generally. Their philanthropy makes a difference and sets an example for others to follow. We congratulate them and thank them for this gift.”
The Blachford-Cooper Fund is one of 16 Donor Advised Funds that are managed by the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. Establishing a Donor Advised Fund allows individuals to make a gift to the SDHDF and remain actively involved in suggesting uses for the financial gifts, targeting the issues they care about the most. Donor Advised Funds allow philanthropic people to take an active role in grantmaking to organizations, with SDHDF handling all investment and administrative details. Learn more about establishing a Donor Advised Fund with SDHDF here.
“We are so proud and pleased to present The Old Globe with this donation,” said John Brown, Executive Director, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. “We are honored that Norman Blachford and Peter Cooper have chosen to include us as a partner in their active giving through their fund.”
About the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), which celebrates their 20th anniversary in 2016, is the sole community foundation in the San Diego region dedicated to the benefit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. SDHDF funds programs and projects that promote equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, well-being, and above all else, human dignity. We work to strengthen LGBT organizations and leadership. The organization nurtures philanthropic giving to support LGBT people and address important issues such as aging, arts and culture, health and wellness, youth and families, and civil rights. For more information, visit www.sdhdf.org. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.
About The Old Globe
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.