By Catherine Miller, Associate Director, Workplace Giving
October 15th marked the kickoff of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools One Community. One Campaign. season. It is at this time of year that employees across CMS come together to support community organizations. These organizations include the United Way, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, and the Arts & Science Council. This is an important effort for ASC not only because of our strong partnership with CMS for cultural education programming, but also because CMS employees contribute nearly $100,000 towards the Make Your Mark Campaign annually.
This year, the campaign is even more exciting for two reasons. First, all funds raised by CMS employees will go directly back into ASC’s Cultural Education Fund. This means that these contributions will ensure the continuation of grade wide cultural field trips, in classroom experiences with ASC’s partner organizations, as well as professional development opportunities around innovation and creativity for CMS principals and teachers. In addition to the direct impact CMS employees can have on their students and colleagues, the Wells Fargo Foundation has announced that they will match donations up to $100,000, $1 for $1.
“Wells Fargo is a committed partner of arts and education in our region,” said Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo Charlotte regional president. “This opportunity allows us to combine both while empowering CMS employees to make a direct impact in the lives of their students. We are proud to support ASC’s Cultural Education Fund. Our teachers and educators are real heroes and it is nice to know that Wells Fargo can double the impact of any contribution they make to this important fund.”
This year, through Wells Fargo’s Live and Give campaign, employees of the company donated almost $400,000 to the ASC Cultural Education Fund. Donations by Wells Fargo, its employees and other community donors in the previous year have allowed ASC to support nearly 300 field trips for more than 48,000 students across the district, as well as professional development for nearly 900 teachers.
“The generosity of Wells Fargo has strengthened the great partnership our district has with the Arts & Science Council,” said Dr. Heath E. Morrison, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “Wells Fargo has made it possible for the ASC partnership to help our students and our teachers. We are very grateful for the breadth and depth of this support.”
“We are grateful to Wells Fargo for their support of ASC and our work to prepare students and teachers to be innovative and creative thinkers for the 21st Century,” said ASC President Scott Provancher. “It is because of the generosity of companies like Wells Fargo and the employees of CMS that the Education Fund has been able to impact thousands of lives. ASC looks forward to growing that impact in the years to come.”
To date the One Community. One Campaign. has raised $46,000 towards this $200,000 combined goal. The campaign will close November 16th. We look forward to seeing the exciting results of this wonderful partnership.