SHOW LOVE with Circus Center this Winter!

Show Love: donate to support Circus Center’s community productions!

Circus Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been spreading the joy of circus through performance, training, and outreach since 1984. This year, we ask you to join our mission and support our season of free/low-cost/pay-what-you-can performances.

Giving is easy! Just click here:


In 2016, we produced 4 high-quality free/low-cost/PWYC shows (not including the Cabaret!) They featured our spectacularly talented youth, adult recreational students, Clown Conservatory students, and instructors displaying all the circus arts we teach here, including hoop, aerial straps, clowning, juggling, diabolo, hand-balancing, rope, Chinese Pole, flying on San Francisco’s only permanent flying trapeze, and more.


Donations make it possible for Circus Center to continue to offer multiple free/low cost/PWYC shows by and for our community every year. They cover things like:

$25 - Rental of one lighting cable (a show can use anywhere from 20-25 cables)

$50 - Base costume pieces for one performer (a show usually has 20-30 costumes)

$100 - Follow-spot rental (we use 2 per show so you can be seen!)

$200 - Extra speakers (we rent 2-4 per show so you can hear!)

$500 - Makeup for a full cast (So they can be beautiful! Or spooky, or funny...whatever the show requires.)

$1000 - A basic set piece

Not to mention essential items like compensation for talented directors and creative staff to develop shows, design and printing costs for our beautiful posters, flyers, and programs, increased building cleaning and utility costs, food for performers...


In 2017, we have at least 4 more full-length community shows planned:

March: Clown Conservatory’s full-length clown show
May: The San Francisco Youth Circus’ annual Spring production
September: The Adult Recreational Student Show in the Theater (more on that soon!)
December: The beloved annual Winter Showcase

All community shows will continue to be low-cost, free, or Pay What You Can, so everyone can experience the joy of circus.


You know that nothing compares to the magic of live circus performance, up close and personal. By producing a regular season of student performances, Circus Center gives our students a spotlight that honors the dedication and love they pour into training, and gives valuable experience for those pursuing professional circus dreams.

But most importantly, performances let us share the wonder of live circus with our beloved community - YOU!


Circus performance is important, now more than ever. Performance is an essential part of sharing everything that circus means to us.

With your continued support, we can invest in our student performers and the artists that develop new circus works every day here at Circus Center, and share the delight and majesty of circus performance with our beloved circus community.

Thank you - and see you at the show!

Click here to give:

Can I donate offline (check or cash)?
Definitely! All donations made this winter will go to support our community productions. Simply mail or drop off your donation at 755 Frederick St, SF, CA 94117

I’m having trouble with donating on Generosity, help!
Check with the Generosity help desk here, or email Sarah directly:

Is this tax-deductible?
You betcha! Circus Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

How do I find out if my employer does gift matching?
Employer gift matching is a super easy way to double the impact of your donation! Check here to see if your employer has a program:
We are always ready to help in any way we can!

Can I get a receipt?
In addition to your receipt from Generosity, we send all our donors a donation receipt and thank you letter after the campaign closes. Thank you so much for your support!

What is your tax ID?

Where can I learn more about Circus Center?
Check our website: or email the Student Services Team:

I have a question, concern, or comment.
Let Sarah know at

This winter, help us Show Love - donate to support affordable, accessible circus by and for our community.

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