Donate Items or Services

The Center gratefully accepts donations of “stuff” (donations of goods or services). These types of gifts are known as in-kind donations. You can help the Center by donating items that are critical toward the Center’s operations!

Wish List

Running a puppet theater, museum, and educational center takes a lot of supplies! From the glue and construction paper used in our Create-A-Puppet Workshops™, to paint used to bring our scenery to life, to computers and other business equipment, the Center is grateful for donations of needed items!

Generous donors like you can provide essential and meaningful in-kind support by donating items that will have the greatest impact on our mission, such as:

  • Gift Cards for groceries, gasoline, office supplies, and construction supplies help keep the Center well-equipped when needs arise! Some of our most-used retailers include Office Depot, Target, The Home Depot, Publix, and Amazon.
  • Office supplies such as pens, Sharpies, tape, post-it notes, glue, and more
  • Puppet workshop supplies such as masking tape, foam shapes, construction paper, “magic” erasers, crayons, markers, and glue sticks (please contact for specific needs).


Remember, in-kind gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law! To coordinate a pick-up or drop-off of your in-kind donation, please contact our Development Director, Heather Karellas, at 404.881.5142 or


Donate Puppets

Thank you for your interest in donating a puppet to the Center for Puppetry Arts! We accept donations for two purposes: for our Museum collection and for educational programs.



The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Worlds of Puppetry Museum accepts donations of puppets only if it intends to accession them into its collections. The Museum must be very selective out of necessity to ensure that objects acquired are appropriate to the collection's mission statement and can be properly cared for and displayed. A sub-committee formed from the Center’s Museum Advisory board will determine whether to accept Museum pieces. Fractional interest in an object, whereby the donor retains a percentage of ownership, is not acceptable. Both the donor and an authorized representative of the Center must sign a deed of gift for transferring full ownership of the item(s) to the Center.



The Center for Puppetry Arts offers engaging workshops, residencies, and live video conferencing programs to allow learners of all ages and experience levels to explore and enjoy the art of puppetry.  Puppets accepted as donations into the Education and/or Distance Learning Department collections will be used in these hands-on, curriculum-based presentations.  In order to support learning in the best possible way, our needs are specific and our standards for donations high, so please DO provide photographs and detailed identification (country of origin, artist/builder, materials out of which the puppet is made, age of puppet/date puppet was built, and condition of puppet) when submitting your donation inquiry.


How to Donate Puppets

After reading the information above, if you are interested in donating a puppet, please click the button below. For more information about donating a puppet, please email

Make a Puppet Donation Inquiry

String Fling Gala Auction

Held each September, String Fling is the Center for Puppetry Arts’ annual gala, raising funds for our arts-infused educational programming. Proceeds from the event provide creative experiences for children, families, students, and arts lovers of all ages. An important part of the evening is a silent and live auction, which offers unique experiences and items for around 350 attendees to bid on. The auction is also promoted via email to the Center’s entire list of email subscribers. Donating an item or experience toward the String Fling auction is a great way to get publicity for your business – or just to help support a great cause!


Here are some of our most-desired auction items:

  • Chef’s dinners, wine tastings, or other culinary experiences
  • Gift cards to restaurants and shops
  • Vacation home stays and staycations
  • Unique/celebrity/behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Jewelry and art
  • Sports tickets or autographed memorabilia
  • High-end designer or luxury goods


For more information about String Fling, or to donate an item for our auction, contact Kerry Ayres Smith, Development Manager, at 404.881.5118 or Acceptance of auction items is subject to the Center’s approval and discretion.


Are there other goods or services you’d like to donate to the Center, besides the ones listed above? If so, please inquire with our Development Director, Heather Karellas, at 404.881.5142 or