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The Valentine Fund

The Valentine Fund was initiated in 1987 to provide financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency.  

PATA is proud to have supported our artists in times of need for more than 30 years. The Valentine Fund is made possible by donations from the community, businesses, and PATA members.  We hold an annual fundraising drive and accept donations throughout the year.

Are you a PATA theatre artist in need?

Valentine Fund FAQs

How long does the application process take?
Once your application is complete, the Valentine Fund panel, made up of theatre professionals and community members, will aim to have a decision made within 30-45 days. 

Is my information confidential?
The only individuals privy to your identifying confidential information are the PATA Office Manager, the Valentine Fund panel, and the President and the Treasurer of the PATA Board of Directors.  

Can I find out the names of the people on the Valentine Fund panel?
No. Everyone who serves is an anonymous member.

What kind of documentation should I provide?
Please, provide any information that you believe will help us make a decision.  Anything you think is important to your situation.  Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • bank statements 
  • rent/mortgage bills 
  • utility bills 
  • medical bills 
  • child support payments/documents 
  • proof of unemployment (e.g., documentation from state employment department) 
  • court fees 
  • insurance bills 
  • repair bills 
  • transportation expenses 
  • last dated paycheck

What kind of situations qualify?
First, you must be a student performer, individual performer, or theatre technician member of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. The Valentine Fund can help you through strenuous times and a variety of needs apply. We focus on dispersing funds to active members of the theatre community who have encountered unforeseen hardships.

If my application is denied, can I apply at a later date?
Yes!  However, you must wait 2 weeks before you may submit a followup application with answers to additional questions and more supporting documents. You can request up to $1,500 per application. The PATA Board maintains ultimate decision-making authority. All decisions made by the PATA Board are final and binding.

What is the process for applying?

Please, fill out your online application here. Attach any information to support your application. Once your application is received, your application will be reviewed by the anonymous Valentine Fund panel, and the Board will make the final decision. You will be contacted about the Board's decision.

How often can I apply for funds?

After the PATA Board of Directors makes a decision in response to your application, if they grant you funds, you must wait 6 months before you may submit another application. If they do not grant you funds, you must wait 2 weeks before you may submit a followup application with answers to additional questions and more supporting documents. 

I do not have reliable Internet access and need a printed application. How can I apply for help from the Valentine Fund?

Please, contact the Office Manager (phone: 503-449-6270, email: info@portlandtheatre.com) to request a mailed application. Include your mailing address in your request.

Make a donation to the Valentine Fund

Your support is vital to keeping the Portland theatre community strong!

 Link to AffiniPay to donate via credit card to PATA's Valentine Fund.

Checks written to "Portland Area Theatre Alliance Valentine Fund" accepted via mail at the Portland Area Theatre Alliance Mailbox, Portland Center Stage at The Armory, 128 Northwest 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

The Portland Area Theatre Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 

Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

If you run into any issues, please contact us at either of the following:

Call (503) 449-6270


Portland Area Theatre Alliance

(503) 449-6270


Mailing Address:

Portland Area Theatre Alliance Mailbox

Portland Center Stage at The Armory

128 Northwest 11th Avenue

Portland, OR 97209

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