Each summer it takes around 600 volunteers to produce our festivals and we’re always looking for dedicated individuals and groups to help us produce these events. For more information, visit our Volunteers Page.

Amazon Smile

An easy way to support Summer of the Arts every time you shop on Amazon! Visit smile.amazon.com and search for Summer of the Arts, Inc. as your selected charity. Once selected, every purchase made through Amazon provides cash back to our organization!

Eat for the Arts

Summer of the Arts partners with area restaurants each year to provide a percentage of sales in support of our organization. These opportunities are spread out throughout the year (generally two per month) and allow you to taste a wide variety of the amazing restaurants in the Iowa City Area.

Become a Fest Friend

It costs nearly $1.2 million dollars each year to produce our many events, so it’s important that our community financially supports these events.  We welcome one-time annual contributions and monthly donations setup through your bank account. Our Fest Friends also receive a variety of benefits in conjunction with our events. Please see the Fest Friends Form (pdf) for additional information or to set up monthly donations.

Matching Gift Program

As a 501(c)3, Summer of the Arts is eligible for employer matching gift programs. If your company participates in matching gift programs, please consider doubling your gift in this easy way!

Collins Aerospace employees: please know that you can now apply for a company-matched donation. Matching Gifts can be reached electronically on EmpowerU, then scroll down to ‘Volunteering and Giving at UTC’.


Summer of the Arts has an endowment through the Community Foundation of Johnson County. Your contribution to our endowment not only provides you with tax incentives but supports the organization for the long-term. Go to https://cfjc.org/, select the Donate to a Fund option across the top (see below), then scroll down the list of funds (alpha ordered – see below) and select Summer of the Arts Endowment Fund.

Estate Planning

There are a wide range of opportunities to support Summer of the Arts through Estate Planning. This can include wills and bequests, appreciated stock, charitable trusts, life insurance gifts and testamentary trusts. Talk to your administrator, or contact Summer of the Arts to be referred to a financial planner who can help.

Qualified Charitable Distributions

If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you have the opportunity to be able to make an annual gift directly from your IRA without having those funds included in your adjusted gross income.