By Aaron Fiedler, Public Relations & Communications Assistant
On Monday, the Arts & Science Council will launch power2give.org, a new way to give to and support arts, science, history and heritage programs in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The site will offer a unique way to match local arts and cultural projects to individuals and corporations interested in making a difference. Organizations will list needs for a specific project– for example, dancewear for underserved children or set design for an upcoming production. People visiting the site will then be able to pick a need that interests them and make a donation.
We were excited to announce yesterday the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is contributing $250,000 as a founding sponsor of power2give. Its contribution will provide matching funds for projects in Charlotte and will help support the launch of the site in the coming months in Miami.
“This new platform will give people a personal connection to the organizations that create culture in our communities,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts. “power2give.org also strives to engage new audiences and donors – meeting them where they are, which is increasingly online.”
power2give.org is a result of ASC’s focus to address the future of funding the cultural sector through innovative means, and respond to current trends in philanthropy.
The site will launch with more than 50 projects from organizations as diverse as the Jazz Arts Initiative and the Mint Museum.
“There are a lot of compelling projects in need of direct support,” said ASC President Scott Provancher. “By donating to projects, coupled with the generous matching gift from Knight Foundation, individuals can turn specific needs into a reality.”
power2give.org is currently open to organizations who have received funding from ASC in the last five years, have 501(c)(3) non-profit status and a solicitation license from the State of North Carolina. Organizations can submit projects in need of funding up to $10,000.