Wells Fargo’s Giving Challenge

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Twenty-four arts, science, history and heritage organizations are working to earn their piece of a $200,000 matching gift from Wells Fargo for their projects on power2give.org.

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From (L-R): Wells Fargo’s Jay Everette, a North Dance Theatre dancer and NCDT’s Doug Singleton.

The $200,000 grant will match donations dollar-for-dollar made to projects on power2give from the organizations that receive unrestricted operating support from the Arts & Science Council (ASC).  The organizations range from large institutions like the Mint Museum, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Discovery Place to small groups like Theatre Charlotte, Clayworks and Wing Haven.

Projects in need of funding and eligible for the match include:

  • Carolina Actors Studio Theatre – SKYLAB Bits and a Chicken Suit – $1,100 – Supports hiring a designer and paying for props and supplies for the upcoming show “Miss Witherspoon.”
  • Opera Carolina – OPERAtion Academy: Scholarships for Summer Students – $1,705 – Supports scholarships to Opera Carolina’s 4th annual summer music-drama workshop for middle and high school students from around the region.
  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – Refeather the Firebird – $8,000 – Supports the conservation and repair of the museum’s iconic Firebird sculpture.

This is the largest matching grant ASC has received for power2give and the second from Wells Fargo.  In fiscal year 2012, Wells Fargo provided a $100,000 matching grant specifically to support Charlotte Symphony projects.

“This community funding opportunity is a strategic investment that allows these organizations to connect with new donors and earn the funding they need to deliver on the important work they do for our community,” said Wells Fargo’s Jay Everette.

Launched in August 2011, power2give.org is a result of ASC’s focus to address the future of funding the cultural sector through innovative means. power2give is now in 14 cities across the U.S. and has generated more than $2.1 million.  In Charlotte, more than 2,300 donors have helped fund 274 projects and contributed $650,705.

To see the projects, click here.