The German Village Society is looking to continue renovations at the Meeting Haus.

Actors' Theatre of Columbus in Schiller Park wants to start an endowment and upgrade the amphitheater in Schiller Park.

The two German Village organizations are among 800-plus nonprofit organizations across 10 counties asking for donor support during the next Big Give, sponsored by the Columbus Foundation.

The 26-hour "giving rally" will be held from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, to noon Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Donors can visit columbusfoundation.org and choose to give to one or more of the 800 nonprofit groups, said Kelley Griesmer, senior vice president of the Columbus Foundation.

It is the fourth round of the biennial donation surge, which started in 2011.

The Columbus Foundation has a pool of $1.3 million to "amplify" -- or add to -- the amount each nonprofit is awarded, which usually amounts to 10 cents on the dollar, Griesmer said.

"It's hard to tell how far we'll be able to stretch those dollars until the Big Give is over," she said.

Nonprofits should have an idea how much money they're getting soon after the Big Give is complete, she said.

Disbursement checks are expected to disseminated about Thanksgiving time, she said.

Upgrades to the Meeting Haus have been done over the past several years, said Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society.

The boardroom, visitors center, lobby and the platz are in need of repair, she said.

The society will send out a request for proposals this fall based on the recommendation of a volunteer task force, Todorov said.

"The (request for proposals) is the result of these professional volunteers and their eight months of efforts and ideas to bring us to this point, so we feel really good about where the project's going to go," she said.

Philip J. Hickman, artistic director of Actors' Theatre, said the troupe has been using the outdoor stage in Schiller Park for 25 years, and the elements continue to take their toll on the sound system and lights.

"The Big Give is one of the opportunities we have to bring in funding that we can specifically apply to upgrading and maintaining our facilities and technology," Hickman said.

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