Facts & Figures
Corporate Volunteering Thrives
Approximately 56 percent of corporate respondents participate in volunteer opportunities provided by their employers. The survey conducted by LBG Associates and LBG Research Institute polled more than 8,000 employees. For information, philanthropy.com.
MetLife Foundation Announces Grants
MetLife Foundation announced the winners of the 2009 Museum and Community Connections program. Grants are being issued to the 15 organizations in amounts ranging from $45,000–$100,000, totaling a combined amount of $1,000,000. This program broadens arts programs and promotes museums as centers of education. For more information and to see the list of grantees, www.prnewswire.com.
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Renamed
The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is being renamed in honor of David A. Straz Jr., a local banker and philanthropist. Straz is being recognized for giving the largest-ever gift for a Tampa Bay cultural facility. For information, philanthropy.com.
Artists Pitch In to Increase Awareness
Levi Strauss & Co. is commemorating World AIDS Day 2009 with support from pioneering artists around the world. The company launched a global website that spotlights work of global artists’ interpretation of World AIDS Day and encourages consumers to “know your status” in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For information, www.justmeans.com.
Gift Provides Free Museum Admission
The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor Maine will continue to be free of charge thanks to a recent gift from Machias Savings Bank. Through the end of 2010, this gift will allow all museum visitors to enter free of charge. For information, www.wabi.tv.
Business Leaders Offer Professional Training
Professional leadership and presentation coach Bruce Campbell has begun working with his corporate clients on ways to assist nonprofits through professional training. Campbell’s program allows for companies to invite nonprofits to share in the same training that their managers receive. For information, www.boston.com.
Gifts to Consider
With the holidays fast approaching, please remember to keep the arts in mind. From museum memberships to theater tickets, your local artist to the museum gift shops, there are many ways to support the arts in your gift giving!
Speaking From Experience
"Rock Hill is alive with the arts, and Williams & Fudge is glad to be part of it. Our employees live the arts through our workplace, our support of the Old Town arts, our schools, and in the community where we live and work. Our civic activities include not only direct funding of the arts, but also support of other nonprofits that focus on the growth and development of our youth."
- Gary L Williams, CEO, Williams & Fudge, Inc.