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The Arts & Science Council: PMA’s Nonprofit of the Month for February

Each month, the PMA Blog will feature a nonprofit that is doing exceptional work locally, in our broader region or nationally.  The selected nonprofit will typically feature programming that is timely and speaks to issues facing us all.

This month’s Nonprofit of the Month is the Arts & Science Council (ASC), based in Charlotte and one of the largest United Arts Funds in the United States.  The organization serves as a fundraising conduit, grantmaker, convener and advocate for the region’s cultural community. Many will recognize ASC from their Charlotte Culture Guide – a comprehensive guide to the arts in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Arts & Science CouncilWith its 2012 campaign to raise $8.7 million, the ASC is building on last year’s successful goal of $8.3 million. A number of initiatives are part of the Council’s fundraising plan, including Power2Give – a fundraising platform launched in Miami-Dade, Charlotte, and Kentucky/Southern Indiana in December 2011.

The site profiles a number of short-term projects by cultural groups available for donor contributions. Power2Give is changing how individuals support the arts, and just announced it has already reached $250,000 in donations, including a $100,000 matching grant from the Knight Foundation. Great early success means more communities are sure to be announced in the coming year.

The ASC is also Charlotte’s go-to source for professional development opportunities for both arts and non-arts organizations alike. PMA was proud to be a part of their good work, presenting a three-part workshop about “Creating a Roadmap for Fundraising Success.

As noted by Hugh McColl in his Charlotte Viewpoint editorial dated November 3, 2011,to build a community in which we all hope to live with one another in peace and prosperity, there should be a vast body of art within the reach of everybody.”

While that view has been challenged during the economic downturn, which has particularly hurt the cultural institutions support by the ASC, the resiliency of the sector is mirrored in the ambitious programming of the Arts & Science Council.

To donate to the ASC’s 2012 campaign, please visit their website.