By Bernie Petit
Everyone loves to see the support they provide to their favorite cultural organizations matched.
And, thanks to an anonymous donation, $50,000 in new matching funds is now available for Charlotte-Mecklenburg projects on power2give.org, the online fundraising platform for the arts created by the Arts & Science Council (ASC).
“This unexpected and generous gift will help donors better leverage the dollars they give to the organizations and causes they care about,” said Perry Mixter, power2give.org associate vice president of client services.
Current projects eligible for the matching funds include:
- $10,000 for The Choir School at St. Peter’s “Adopt a Chorister” program, which helps cover the costs for music, uniforms, materials, accompanists and instruction for program participants;
- $1,008 for Play It Forward at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, which will provide 30 tickets from the Family Drug Court’s FIRST program (which helps parents receive substance abuse treatment and other services) to attend a matinee of “Sizwe Bansi is Dead”; and
- $2,464 for Full STEM Ahead! program, in which 100 9th- and 10th- grade Communities in Schools students will spend the day at UNC-Charlotte exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professions by rotating through interactive stations in engineering, physics, computing, chemistry and health sciences.
“By offering need-based scholarships to engage students in the arts, supporting transformative cultural experiences and providing memorable cultural opportunities, these projects will promote greater access to the arts throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg,” Mixter said. “That’s the power of power2give.org in action.”
ASC launched power2give.org in August 2011. Donors to the site have raised $1.09 million to fund 117 projects in Charlotte and $3.64 million to fund 1,643 projects in 18 cities nationwide. More than 45-percent of those who donate to projects posted on power2give.org are new donors to the cultural sector.
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