You have the power2give this holiday season

Categories: ASC, Blog, Cultural Partners,

By Bernie Petit
Communications Specialist 

Give the gift of a gift card this holiday season.
Give the gift of a gift card this holiday season.

Whether you’re shopping for someone who has everything or looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, a gift card is the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list.

It’s a great way to introduce loved ones, coworkers or clients to the difference makes in the cultural community.

Laura Belcher, Senior Vice President and National Director of
Laura Belcher, Senior Vice President and National Director of

“It allows the recipient to identify the project that they’re most passionate about and direct the funding to that activity,” said Laura Belcher, Senior Vice President and National Director of

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) launched in August 2011. Donors to the site have since raised $1.09 million to fund 117 projects in Charlotte and $3.64 million to fund 1,643 projects in 18 cities nationwide. More than 45-percent of those who donate to projects posted on are new donors to the cultural sector.

The website allows anyone to easily give a gift to support specific projects posted by local cultural nonprofits. That direct giving aspect is especially appealing during the holiday season.

Last season, a son gave his mother a $500 gift card to help her become active in the cultural community. Instead of sending fruit baskets or fruitcakes, a businessman gave his clients gift cards so that they could, in turn, give a gift to the organizations they care about.

This year, your friends and family can “Send a Chorister ‘Across the Pond’’ by using their gift card to support The Choir School at St. Peter’s project to send its high school choir to the great cathedrals of England for an educational performance tour.

They can “Be A Producer” by helping fund the Carolinas Actors Studio Theatre (CAST) production of “Angels In America,” the first Charlotte-based theater production of the Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time Tony Award-winning play in nearly two decades.

Or they can choose to support one of the one of the many other projects on It’s their choice.

“That’s what makes it personal,” Belcher said. “Donors can be engaged in the project that they care about the most.” gift cards can be purchased from the site and emailed or mailed directly to the recipient. For more information, or to schedule a time to pick up your gift cards at the or ASC office, contact Virginia Garramone, project assistant for, at 704-335-3032 or