Archive for June, 2013

Raising $15K for Arts & Humanities

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Maybe you’ve heard this one: “Say it’s only a micro-gift, a tax-deductible micro-gift…”

Yep, that zippy little jingle for power2give.org performed by Vaudeville’s Late Bloomers, Diz & Izzy Aster, is just the tip of a sizeable iceberg floating in the Arctic Sea of fundraising. It’s the microdonation. The $5 or $25 gift that can’t even keep a nonprofit in hand soap for a year. How important can that be?

Well, as a matter of a fact, QUITE important!

Factoid: In 2012, micro donations outpaced their macro counterparts. According to PayPal data, the average donation size globally decreased by $0.71 last year, while the number of global donations to nonprofits increased by 20 percent!

So what do Diz & Izzy have to do with it?

Those late bloomers are singing about the thousands of dollars power2give.org is raising for cool projects right here in Montgomery County. Projects like: a new floor for the Dance Exchange, the After School Dance Fund’s “Dress to Impress” program, and Symphony of the Potomac’s music programs for schools. Programs that are going to impact the quality of life for people living in Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Rockville, Glen Echo and all over the county.

The Asters, created by Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandel of Happenstance Theater, put on quite a show at the launch for power2give.org on June 12 at Round House Theater.  Special guests included Montgomery County’s most passionate cultural supporters, Ike and Catherine Leggett, and representatives of power2give sponsors: Monument Bank, Ballard Spahr and Bethesda Magazine.

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“We thank the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County for all the contributions that enrich our community,” said  Senior Vice President, Patrick Van Der Ham of Monument Bank, “and are pleased to offer our support.”  Monument Bank is a lead sponsor for power2give and their gift has been matched to 13 of the 21 projects on the website.

So, nine days out where are we?  Just a smidgen under $15,000. Pretty impressive for a bunch of little microdonations, huh? The average gift in Montgomery County is $52. As Catherine Leggett said in her remarks at the opening, “You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a patron of the arts and humanities. That’s what makes power2give.org so special.”
In fact, you can donate amounts as small as $5 to power2give. As Ryan Rilette said, “every little bit helps.”  For funders who want to make a bigger philanthropic statement, you can become a matching sponsor at varying levels from $1,000 to $10,000.  For matching sponsors gifts under $1,000 make your donation to the Collective Impact Fund for the Arts & Humanities. That’s what the Eric and Sue-Ann Siegel Family Foundation did and through the Impact Fund they’ve helped Create Arts Center and Friends of Library move closer their goals.

So, let’s recap: microdonations, matching sponsors, big impact, Montgomery County. That sounds like a hit!


AHCMC Launches power2give.org With Special Guests County Executive and Mrs. Leggett

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

County Executive Isiah and Mrs. Leggett where the special guests of the Arts and Humanities Council ofPhoto Credit BethesdaNow.com Montgomery at the official launch of power2give.org (one of the hottest new charitable giving sites for arts and culture in the country) in Montgomery County, June 12, 2013, at Round House Theatre in Bethesda. Since its inception in 2011, power2give.org has raised over $3.076M in support for the creative community, and received over 13,245 total donations.

Jump-starting the momentum in Montgomery County, the Leggetts gave $200 to Round House Theatre’s “Act Now” project, sponsoring scholarships for children and youth from around the county to attend RHT summer camp.  It was an incredible moment.

AHCMC’s power2give corporate matching sponsors were also there in full force showing their support. Patrick Van Der Ham, Senior Vice President of Monument Bank, Steve Hull, Publisher of Bethesda Magazine, and Erica Leatham, an attorney for Ballard Spahr and the chair of the AHCMC board all donated matching funds to power2give.org/MontgomeryCountyMD that provide an additional 50 cents towards each creative project for every dollar raised on power2give.org. Their generous support made the Leggett’s first $200 gift instantly transform into $300 for Round House Theatre, demonstrating the full power in power2give.org.

Photo Credit BethesdaNow.com“People often feel that if they can’t make a really big donation, they shouldn’t donate at all,” said Ryan Rilette, Producing Artistic Director at Round House Theatre. Power2give capitalizes on the surge in mircrodonations that has swept the philanthropic community.  power2give let’s donors know “that any little bit you can give will actually make a very clear difference in people’s lives,” Rilette commented.  power2give.org makes it possible for anyone to be a philanthropist and everyone to make a difference.

Since power2give.org went live in Montgomery County, it has raised over $10,000 in support for creative projects in the nonprofit arts and humanities community. “This is bigger than we imagined,” said an enthusiastic Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the AHCMC. Jenkins was the inspiration behind introducing power2give to Montgomery County. “I’m an early adopter of technology and when I saw a demonstration of power2give.org at a conference two years ago, it was love at first sight. We were excited to receive a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to bring power2give.org to Montgomery County. We’re the first jurisdiction in the Washington region to participate in the power2give network.”

Only one day after the launch, power2give.org is making a huge impact in our community.

Photos courtesy of BethesdaNow.