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power2give.org/PugetSound Reaches 1000 donors

power2give.org/PugetSound Reaches 6 Month Milestones

75 projects, 1000 donors, $260,000+

Seattle, WA – ArtsFund announced today that contributions from 1000 donors have brought $261,451 in new funds to the region’s arts and cultural sector in the six months since launching power2give.org/PugetSound. Thanks to its matching fund sponsors and donors, ArtsFund has matched all individual contributions 1:1.

power2give/PugetSound, presented by ArtsFund, is a year-round regional arts crowd-funding platform connecting arts and cultural organizations with individual and corporate donors on a project-by-project basis. To date, 75 multi-disciplinary projects from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties have been posted on the site. New projects are posted on the first of each month.

“We are thrilled with the ongoing growth of power2give/PugetSound,” said Mari Horita, ArtsFund President & CEO. “We thank the 1000 individuals who have joined us, and joined others, in supporting vital arts projects throughout our region. And we thank our matching funders and sponsors for their investment and partnership in helping us establish power2give in the Puget Sound. Reaching 1000 donors in 6 months confirms that there is both great passion and great potential for supporting regional arts projects, and we look forward to continuing to build and deepen community and cultural connections.”

The donations raised fund a broad range of organizations and cultural activities from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Common project themes have included: production costs and equipment upgrades; youth-based programs and outreach; free or reduced access; community programs and outreach; arts education, supplies and transportation; original programming; and artist support and commissions.

Horita continued, “ArtsFund launched power2give/PugetSound with the goal of broadening the base of support for the arts by engaging and mobilizing new donors and funds, and the posting organizations report that 40% of donors are first time contributors. We look at power2give as an opportunity for growth in the cultural sector.”

ArtsFund launched power2give/Puget Sound on October 1, 2013, and the site has received more than 10,000 unique site visits. The most frequent gifts have been $50 and $100. All donations made have been matched 100%, thanks to the Raynier Institute & Foundation (founding matching sponsor and inaugural lead partner of power2give/PugetSound), as well as matches made by Amazon, R.D. Merrill, and by anonymous donors. Start-up and administrative sponsorship is by The Boeing Company.

Posting organizations include: 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, artEAST, Artist Trust, ArtsWest, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Burke Museum Association, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Early Music Guild, Earshot Jazz Society, Edmonds Center for the Arts, EMP Museum, Freehold Theatre Lab Studio, Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Intiman Theatre, Jack Straw Productions, Jet City Improv, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland Performance Center, Lakewood Playhouse, Music Center of the Northwest, Northwest African American Museum, Northwest Puppet Center, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pratidhwani, Richard Hugo House, Schack Art Center, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Choral Company, Seattle JazzED, Seattle Men’s Chorus/Seattle Women’s Chorus, Seattle Music Partners, Seattle Opera, Seattle Public Theater, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras , Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council, SIFF, Spectrum Dance Theater, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, Taproot Theatre Company, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Town Hall Seattle, UW World Series, Vashon Allied Arts, Village Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Whim W’Him, and Wing Luke Museum.

To view live projects: http://www.power2give.org/PugetSound/projects
For a full list of completed projects: http://www.power2give.org/PugetSound/Project/ListComplete
For more information: www.artsfund.org
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ArtsFund’s Mission: ArtsFund strengthens the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grant making.

About power2give.org/PugetSound: power2give/PugetSound, presented by ArtsFund, enables arts organizations to post and promote projects in need of funding (up to $7500), and invites donors to contribute to those projects most intriguing to them. Projects are listed on the site for a maximum of 90 days, or until they meet their financial goals. All donations are tax deductible.

power2give.org was created by the Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 2011, over $5.2 million in project funding has been raised through the platform in 24 communities across the U.S.