What we do
We serve through experiences, outreach, and education.
We serve through our three pillars: education, community outreach programs and performance underwriting. Each of these pillars is an important part of the Sandler Center Foundation’s mission to educate, inspire, enrich and build our community, strengthen local arts organizations, and instill an appreciation of the arts in future generations through the underwriting of world-class performances at the Sandler Center.
These pillars could not be achieved without the help of our volunteers, members, donors and partners. The Sandler Center Foundation works to provide funding or grants for each of our pillars. To learn more about our programs, click on their pillar.
Educate | Inspire | Enrich
- During this school year, the Sandler Center Foundation’s Education Program served over 20,300 students through its matinee offerings and participation at the 75th NAS Oceana Air Show with a STEAM display focused on theatrical lighting. A total of 14,360 students experienced a live arts performance through the matinee programs, with 11,599 (81%) attending with full funding through the Foundation. The Education Program’s matinee performances provide many students with their first experience in a world-class performing arts venue. This year we received over 6,000 reservation requests in the first 24 hours of opening registration.
- Our Local Heroes Program serves the military, first responders and their families by hosting them for a free Sandler Center resident company performance. Since its inception, over 1,000 Local Heroes and their families have participated.
- Our Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) Program serves nearly 200+ veterans, service members and military families. This program seeks to help these individuals to reintegrate and connect with their communities through the healing arts.
- The Foundation partners with Virginia Arts Festival to underwrite world-class performances such as Itzhak Perlman, Bernstein on Broadway, and Renee Fleming.
- The Foundation launched its first Giving Circle to provide grants to eligible resident companies that utilize the Sandler Center as their performing arts home. Giving Circle members pool their donations and give time throughout the year in order to create a larger impact on award recipients. To learn more about this opportunity for hands-on philanthropy, please visit our webpage on the SCF Giving Circle.
- Sandler Center Members gain access to special benefits by enrolling at various gift/giving levels. All members are appreciated and especially important to our fundraising efforts.
- Over 200 individuals volunteer nearly 22,000 hours annually for the Sandler provided by the Sandler Center Foundation.