GEMS - Giving Every Month Society

Donors who make monthly gifts to First Stage are members of GEMS – Giving Every Month Society.

How It Works: Monthly giving provides a steady and cost-effective source of income to First Stage. And because your monthly donation is processed automatically, you help us reduce our costs—which allows us to fund more programs and serve more young people.

Monthly payment: As an online monthly donor, you will be automatically registered to make a credit card donation every month. After you make your initial donation, your credit card will be charged on the 15th of every month, or the following business day. For example, if you choose to make a monthly donation of $50 today, your next donation of $50 will be automatically charged on the 15th of the following month, and each subsequent month thereafter. You will receive an annual statement by mail with all your payment details prior to January 31 and when your pledge is fulfilled.

Credit Card: Please maintain a sufficient credit limit on your credit card on the payment date. If we are unable to process your gift you will be notified.

Record of payments: The amount and date of your monthly gift will appear on your credit card statement.

Account/donation change: To ensure timely payments, please notify us of any credit card updates or address changes by phone or email (see below).

To discuss your monthly donation at any time, call (414) 267-2937 or email

Benefits of joining GEMS (Giving Every Month Society):

  • You can make a larger impact with a larger gift by spreading out your payments over many months.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to renew your GEMS membership without having to fill out another pledge card.
    • You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your continued support helps keep First Stage programming funded throughout the year.
    • You’ll receive special recognition in First Stage’s playbill.
    • You'll receive First Stage’s donor newsletter, Transformations detailing how your contribution is helping Transform Lives Through Theater.
    • You'll be notified of opportunities to become more involved with First Stage.
    • You’ll be saving trees since monthly giving is paperless.
    • PLUS, you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to the annual Donor Preview event. 

This authorization shall remain in effect until I notify (in writing) First Stage that I wish to end this agreement and First Stage and my bank have a reasonable time to act on it. I will notify First Stage promptly of any credit card changes. I understand that I can change or stop my automatic monthly giving at any time by contacting First Stage. Each payment will be indicated on my credit card statement and will serve as my receipt. Prior to January 31, I’ll receive an annual statement summarizing my total support over the previous year. The tax-deductible portion of my gift is determined by the benefits I receive.

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