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Armanino Goes the Extra Mile

April 20, 2020

SAN RAMON, Calif. (April. 20, 2020) – An Armanino client for 21 years, Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a storefront stage to an international leader in innovative theatre. Known for its ambition, relevance, and excellence, as well as its adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided nearly 500 shows to over 5.5 million people since 1968. Some of those shows have gone on to win six Tony Awards, seven Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, one Grammy Award, one Pulitzer Prize, and many other honors.

As the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, Berkeley Rep had to make the difficult decision to cancel its performances beginning on March 12. In fact, one of the shows that had yet to open was filmed and made available to ticket holders through the streaming service BroadwayHD. With Bay Area shelter-in-place orders extended into May, shows have been cancelled through May 3rd, and the organization’s fundraising gala has been converted to a virtual event.

In a time when Berkeley Rep is unsure what the “new normal” for theater will be, Armanino has been a trusted partner to the nonprofit’s Finance Director, Jared Hammond.

“Armanino has been very accessible, from group video chat and multiple emails, to live Q&A webinars about COVID-19 SBA programs,” said Hammond. “What has impressed me is the degree to which Armanino dove into the new legislation to try to understand it. During this time of uncertainty and constantly shifting circumstances, it was tremendously helpful to get clear, professional perspectives to guide our choices in doing the best we can for our employees.”

Berkeley Rep has benefited from long-term donors with multi-year pledges who have accelerated their donations and provided the full amount upfront to help during this economic crisis. Hammond reports that what’s been rewarding for his development department is the number of people who have stepped up during this economic crisis.

“Armanino continues to put out a lot of information that is useful and succinct and I find that helpful,” said Hammond. “We’re reading materials from other entities – law firms, payroll companies and banks – and triangulating all the advice to ensure we’re taking the best steps for our organization’s financial health. By and large, Armanino has been on the top of our list of trusted resources.”

For more information on how your organization can navigate the changing world, visit the Armanino COVID-19 Resource Center.



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