Chandler Center for the Arts is one of the city’s jewels, a central gathering space for our community; a place to experience both new and well- known artists and entertainers, to share ideas, and to create lasting memories with family and friends. In order to support the mission of the Center and preserve its legacy for future generations, Chandler Center for the Arts has established two philanthropic giving programs, The Jerry Brooks Legacy Society and The Chandler Center for the Arts Endowment Fund. Each fund enables individuals to include Chandler Center for the Arts as part of their philanthropic giving in two distinct ways:
Mayor of Chandler from 1984-1988, Jerry Brooks is an inspirational leader and visionary who spearheaded the major effort to develop the cultural community of Chandler. In order to attract high tech industry and employment to Chandler, as well as develop cultural facilities for the city's students and citizens, Jerry imagined a collaborative partnership, between the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District. With an unprecedented organizational vision, Brooks developed the concept of a "shared-use" partnership to serve multiple needs within the Chandler community. Through his tireless efforts and leadership, the Chandler Center for the Arts was born: a world-class arts center presenting leading artists and performances for the community to enjoy, while, at the same time, providing the students of Chandler a state-of-the-art facility to host educational programs and events.
In honor of Jerry Brook's visionary leadership and dedication to the cultural life of Chandler, the Chandler Cultural Foundation established the Jerry Brooks Society. Contributions to the Jerry Brooks Legacy Society are typically through planned giving, such as donations made through bequests, charitable trusts or through retirement plans. These gifts provide a lasting foundation of support for the Chandler Center for the Arts, in keeping with Jerry's vision for a strong cultural center for Chandler and its residents.
THE CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS ENDOWMENT FUND
As a vibrant, central space designed to enrich the cultural lives of the city, Chandler Center for the Arts’ mission is to serve a diverse community through a wide variety of programs. From well-established and popular entertainers, to new and emerging artists, the Center seeks to offer programs that inspire, intrigue and challenge. In order to fulfill this purpose, the Chandler Cultural Foundation established the Chandler Center for the Arts Endowment. Funds given to the Endowment are restricted, while the fund’s interest, which accrues annually, is used to invest in new and expanded programming. The Chandler Center for the Arts Endowment gives the Center the ability to take artistic risks and present new and emerging artists, while at the same time, maintaining a solid financial base to ensure the Center will operate in perpetuity.