Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

Educate, Inspire, Enrich

aka Sandler Center Foundation

Virginia Beach, VA


The Sandler Center Foundation serves the community through its three pillars: education, community outreach programs and performance underwriting. Each of these pillars is an important part of the Sandler Center Foundation’s mission to educate, inspire, enrich and build our community, strengthen local arts organizations, and instill an appreciation of the arts in future generations through the underwriting of world-class performances at the Sandler Center.

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Executive Director

Ms. Lisa A. Baehre

Main Address

201 Market St.

Virginia Beach, VA 23462 USA

Formerly Known As

Virginia Beach Performing Arts Foundation


Performing Arts, Education, Culture





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Sandler Center Foundation's goal is to make the performing arts accessible to all. The performing arts is a window to different cultures and a form of expression through voice, dance, and other forms of creativity. It can be used as a teaching method, to open minds and tap into an audience's emotions. Attending a performing arts venue is an experience that the Foundation believes benefits its community, and the Foundation wants that opportunity available to residents and guests, despite income level.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Education Program

Community Outreach Programs

Performance Underwriting

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Sandler Center Foundation's goal is to provide opportunities for the community, despite age, income level, race, gender or sexual orientation, to attend a performing arts event at the Sandler Center designed to educate, inspire and enrich.

The Sandler Center Foundation has developed programs and partnerships that, along with the support of our generous donors, support the mission and contribute to the Foundation educating, inspiring and enriching the lives of community members.

Donor stewardship and community networking are the tried and true methods for many non-profits to meet their goals. The Sandler Center Foundation is no exception to this rule. The Foundation keeps its donors and community members involved through many hosted events, newsletters, and other social media outlets. Our donors are welcome to stop by any time!

Their are many ways to measure the success of our programs. They include:
1) participant feedback
2) meeting fundraising goals
3) establishing partnerships and collaborations

The Sandler Center Foundation has accomplished the following: 1) The Education Program serves over 20,000 Pre-K through 8th grade students annually. The students attend matineess at the Sandler Center, which are SOL-aligned and include character development opportunities, and students are able to interact with the hands-on STEAM exhibit presented through the U.S. Navy's STEM Lab Learning Days. 2) Provide funding for over 11,000 students annually to see an educational matinee! 3) Nine Resident Companies receive support through the Local Heroes program, as well as the families of first responders, military service members, and Gold Star Families! 4) Provide sensory-friendly evening performances at no charge for individuals with special needs and their families and caretakers. 5) Underwrite major performances and support resident companies through the Giving Circle. The Sandler Center Foundation will continue to provide the above programming and is open to partnerships that have a similar mission to educate, inspire and enrich through performing arts opportunities.

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Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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