Annual Operating Fund

Center in the Square’s newest museum, Kids Square, will create a space in Downtown Roanoke the whole family can be a part of. Kids Square is geared towards children from toddler to age 10. The museum encourages play, education and gross motor skills that are important for development of children in this age range. The museum will also offer a sense of support for parents by introducing them to other parents in similar situations, and with classes and workshops that discuss parenting at different stages of a child’s development. All of this will be provided at little cost to the families with scholarships available for economically disadvantaged families.


Annual Operating Fund

Your contribution to the Annual Operating Fund goes directly to help pay the rent, maintain the buildings, pay the utility bills, provide custodial, security, and janitorial supplies and services for all of our organizations so they don’t have to worry about funding to cover those essential costs. By giving to Center in the Square, you are supporting arts and cultural education and high standards of learning in history, science, theatre, music, and dance; all provided by our beneficiary organizations.

We absolutely can’t do it without your help! Non-profit arts and cultural organizations enhance the opportunities, benefits, and programs provided to our community. Each of us can make a difference in a small way, in our own sphere, and can find ways to help that will make our efforts worth the time and trouble we invest.

Your contribution does make a difference! No matter how you stack it, anything you decide to do can make your little corner of the world a happier, healthier, more creative, and educated place – and that is the greatest gift of all.

Giving Levels
Young Professional Donor – $1,000 (paid over four years)
Major Donor – $500 – $990
Sustainer Donor – $250 – $499
Sponsor Donor – $100 – $249
Notable Donor – $50 – $99
Patron Donor – up to $49

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Special Annual Fund Programs

Docs Society

A special program just for doctors. For a minimum annual donation of $250 to Center in the Square, you will receive:

DOCS Society lapel pin • Framed Certificate of DOCS Society membership • Two Roanoke Greek Festival Dinner Tickets • Special DOCS Family Day at Center in the Square • Listing in Center in the Square Annual Report • Recognition on DOCS Society Listing on Center’s website • Recognition in Center in the Square’s Atrium during year of donation • Invitations to Center in the Square events and an opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public.

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Chairman’s Blue Ribbon Society

For a minimum annual donation of $250 and a four-year commitment you will receive:

Highlighted recognition in Center’s Lobby • Invitation to the Chairman’s Blue Ribbon Circle Evening hosted by Board Members • Two free tickets to Center in the Square’s Annual Dinner • Invitation for two to Center Society Evening, an elegant VIP donor reception with a special beneficiary performance • Certificate of appreciation • Center promotional materials

Center Society

A Society for dedicated individuals and corporations who annually contribute $1,000 or more to Center in the Square.

Highlighted recognition in Center’s Lobby • Invitation for two to the Center Society Evening, hosted by Board Members • Two free tickets to Center in the Square’s Annual Dinner • Listing in Center in the Square Annual Report • Center Society Certificate

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This special Adopt-A-Fish Sustainability Program provides exceptional educational opportunities for students of all ages, and offsets funding that helps our aquariums stay strong and vital. Your special gift will go toward keeping our 1,500 fishes and invertebrates thriving, vibrant, and healthy. Your gift also helps to supply the best nutrition, medications, and monitoring systems to watch over our animals. Other funds go toward the specialized maintenance of the tank to ensure the habitat is clean and pristine, maintaining the delicate balance required for a healthy ecosystem. There are many adoption levels and benefits to choose from.

Adopt-A-Fish Giving Levels
Friend $25 • Protector $50 • Classroom Club $75 • Nurturer $100 • Sustainer $250 • Guardian $500 • Conservator $1,000

Get Schooled Aquarium Education Fund

Sponsorships begin at $5,000
This sponsorship opportunity gives corporations and individuals the power to enhance the educational opportunities for the students in the region and beyond. Sponsorship offers multi-level benefits for participants. The sponsorship funds support the entire education program, including teachers, curriculum and educational tools used for in-house lessons and outreach programs.

Memorial and Honor gifts

Memorial and Honor gifts are an especially meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones while supporting Center in the Square. Memorial gifts made to Center in the Square are a unique way to honor a special person in your life and to provide a lasting tribute. The gift may be made by you alone or by a group of people such as family, neighbors, or fellow workers.
Honor gifts allow donors to recognize special milestones in your loved ones lives, or just to recognize a special individual or occasion. Honor gifts are also a meaningful way to acknowledge their commitment to education, arts, and culture.

Matching Gift program

Corporate matching gift programs support employees and reitrees in their personal philanthropy/charitable giving by providing matching funds. Check to see if your company has a matching gifts program. Through a Matching Gifts donation you will receive full recognition for the total amount.

Planned Giving

To make a planned gift [deferred gift], a person decides to give at some future date, either a number of years from now or at death. A planned gift is a present decision to make a future gift through a legal contract. Planned gifts are referred to as such because they require more planning, negotiation and counsel than many other gifts. These types of gifts can result in immediate income, income to Center over time, or serve to delay a gift for life or other period of time while the donor or others retain income and/or access to the assets used to fund the gift.

By far, the most commonly utilized planned gift is the bequest of property through a person’s final will. Other types include:

  • Charitable bargain sale
  • Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)
  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT)
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT)
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable lead annuity trust
  • Charitable lead trust
  • Donor Managed Investment Account
  • Pooled income fund
  • Retained life estate
  • Testamentary life income

Assets to give include: Securities • Business interests • Cash • Life Insurance • Personal Property • Real Estate • Retirement Plan

In Kind Donations

In-kind gifts are contributions of goods or services other than cash. Center in the Square has benefited greatly from in-kind gifts such as accounting services, legal services, consulting services, photography services, aquarium supplies, furniture, computers, IT equipment, and much more.

Naming Opportunities

Center in the Square has built a world-class facility that has positively impacted our community and will do so well into the future. As part of our continuing capital improvements, Center donors can choose to name a space or a specific installation. Below is a list of naming opportunities still available.

Space and installation naming opportunities in Center in the Square and Center on church:

  • Development Conference Room -$5,000
  • Elevator Center on Church – $10,000
  • Technology Screen (Screen 2) -$10,000
  • Technology Screen (Screen 5) – $10,000
  • Community Room (Bridge) – $20,000
  • Roof Butterfly Wings & Dome – $20,000
  • Rooftop Corner Planter (right) – $25,000
  • Rooftop Corner Planter (left) – $25,000
  • Entrance to Center on Church – $25,000
  • Event Space/Lobby – $25,000
  • Main Parking Garage Entrance – $25,000
  • Dashboard area – $100,000
  • Main Entrance (Campbell) – $250,000
  • Roof – $2,500,000

Naming gifts can be customized to meet the needs of our donors and we are happy to discuss your specific areas of interest.

To find out more about these opportunities and to take a tour of our facility, please call Michael Guntlow at 540.342.5733 or e-mail