Elora Centre for the Arts
2013 FRIENDS CAMPAIGN
SUPPORT THE ELORA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
Thank you for your past involvements and support of the Elora Centre for the Arts. Without your generous contributions of time, financial contributions and friendship we would not be the "jewel" of the arts in our community.
Again this year, the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) Friends Campaign is asking for your financial support.
The ECFTA is a non-profit charitable organization with the mandate of brining high quality and accessible gallery exhibitions and education int eh arts to our community. We are proud of what the Centre has accomplished and celebrated over the past 10 years.
For this current year, the Board has set a budget of just under $300,000 to operate the Centre as a while. This budget includes the costs of managing programs, maintaining the property and other expenses of fundraising, staffing, paying the mortgage and general administration. Through programming income, annual memberships and community rentals we are able to raise 55% of our total operating costs. We are grateful for the funding we receive from the 3 levels of government but unfortunately, government support makes up less than 10% of our annual revenues.
The 35% shortfall is where we look to you, out Friends and Supporters, for your financial help to balance our budget. Contributions form supporters like you are essential yo our continued success, allowing us to:
Offer interesting and critical exhibitions in the Minarovich Gallery
Maintain the Harris Gallery and support member-artists in the Harris Artist Collective
Offer Art in the Yard, the annual outdoor, juried art exhibition and sale held on the two acre grounds of the ECFTA every July
Offer creative educational art programs and studio experiences to people of all ages in our community
Ensure community access to free arts-based programs and events
The ECFTA provides a place where the community comes together. Last year alone we engaged more than 110 children in our Summer Camp programs, had over 4500 people visit our galleries, provided a green space for many local residents and enlisted the service of more than 200 active volunteers. In addition to housing working artist studios the following organizations call the ECFTA their home: The Elora Community Theatre, The Elora Environment Centre, The Fergus-Elora Academy of Dance, The Elora Acoustic Cafe, the Montessori School and Puppets Elora.
Please talk with your family and friends about the role the ECFTA plays in your lives. Ask this question -- is it important for you and your family to have the Elora Centre for the Arts in your community? If it is make a donation to the Friends Campaign today! Whatever you feel you can contribute will be meaningful to us. We will give you a charitable tax receipt and our sincere thanks. Renewing or taking out an annual membership is another effective way to support the ECFTA.
We are at a critical point in terms of our viability. Since its inception a decade ago the ECFTA has always had sustainability concerns in spite of community support. We know that a transformational change is required in order to build a vibrant centre of excellence in the visual and performing arts. We need to continue to attract a diverse public who support artists from the community and beyond and to develop collaborate approaches among arts organizations. To actualize these goals, the ECFTA has assembled and are working with a Strategic Advisory Committee,a panel of local and expert members to steer us into a sustainable path for the future. The Board of Directors is optimistic that with your help and support, we can all look forward to having a resilient and imaginative hub of artistic excellence at the ECFTA.
Our sincere thanks for your support and continuing to be a valued Friend of the ECFTA. Donations can also be made on the ECFTA website through the Canada Helps button.
Karen Welch, Chair
Joanne Grodzinski, Chair
ECFTA Board of Directors
HOW TO DONATE TO THE ECFTA FRIENDS CAMPAIGN:
Download A Pledge Form and mail this form back to the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville Street, Elora, ON N0B 1S0
** Consider dividing your Annual Friends contribution into manageable monthly donations through a credit card or post dated cheques.
Begin or Renew a Membership to the ECFTA
Donate on-line through Canada Helps:
The ECFTA is an independently owned, Registered Charitable Organization.
Charitable Registration Number: 86123 1314 RR0001
Our mission is to develop and strengthen a non-profit arts and cultural centre that promotes, teaches and nourishes the creation and appreciation of the arts through educational programs, exhibitions, rehearsals and performances that are accessible to everyone.
Please contact us if you have any questions. 519-846-9698 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org