Donation Impact

Donations are important to sustaining Starlight and its programs for generations to come. Your gift supports a number of Starlight initiatives and its operations. Ticket sales only cover part of Starlight’s annual operating costs.


Find out how your donation makes an impact in these ways:

Enhancing Kansas City’s Culture

Approximately 320,000 guests from across all 50 states attend an average of 100 performance nights. Starlight’s work contributes an estimated $61.2 million into the local economy.


Empowering Future Generations

Starlight has the unique ability to provide opportunities for students and young professionals by developing leaders through college internships, performing arts industry training, and youth scholarships.

Preserving An Historic Landmark

Starlight is the oldest and largest continually operating performing arts organization in Kansas City. Since 1992, $35 million has been privately invested in the city-owned theatre, which receives less than 2% of its annual revenue from public funding.

Promoting Accessible Art

Starlight provides 13,000+ free Broadway show tickets to more than 120 nonprofit organizations each year, providing theatre arts programs to Kansas City’s most vulnerable residents at hospitals, shelters, and other social service agencies.

Inspiring Local Communities

Community engagement programs inspire area residents, including community schools, local nonprofit organizations, neighborhood associations, community families, and individuals.

Sustaining Starlight’s Impact

In an average year, approximately 90 cents of every dollar we receive from donations directly supports Starlight performances, community engagement programs, and our historic venue.


“When we invest in Starlight, we are investing in the opportunity for more people to experience Starlight and the magic that happens here.”

Kelly Jander, Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Starlight’s Impact Report shares annual highlights, important statistic, and stories with our stakeholders.  

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