The Arts Foundation was created to support the programs and services of the Arts Council. The mission of the Council is to provide advocacy and leadership that inspires participation in and a passion for the arts in our community. The Arts Foundation has three primary funds to which a donor may contribute: unrestricted endowment fund, fields of interest funds, and designated funds. Unrestricted gifts will be held in perpetuity and will produce annual income for use by the Council as requested in an annual budget presentation to the Foundation for operating purposes.
- Field of Interest Funds will address specific areas within the purview of Council and to promote the growth of the arts. A field of interest fund might address a donor's interest in theatre that allows the gift to be used to support theatre, without a specific organization or program identified. The flexibility these funds provide are critical to the long-term nature of the Foundation and to furthering the vision of stability for arts programs in Martin County.
- Designated funds will be fully donor designated to provide assistance to a non-profit organization, project or facility within the goals of the Council's mission. Designated funds balance the donor's intent with professional management of a long-term investment. For example, a designated fund may further a donor's desire to provide music lesson scholarships for students who wish to pursue a musical talent but lack financial resources. Women Supporting the Arts (WSA), a woman's donor circle, is the Foundation's most active program. Another fund, the OPUS Parents' Booster Club, was created for long-time director, Ronald L. Corbin in 2005, in honor of his 20th anniversary with OPUS. The Arts Foundation is a subsidiary corporation to the Council. Its Board of Directors are appointed by the Council Board to serve the primary mission of advancing the financial stability for the Council and the arts, as a growing industry, in Martin County.
More about supporting the Foundation & Council
Leaving a Legacy for the Arts
The Arts Legacy Society honors individuals who have made legacy gifts. Gifts may be designated or unrestricted. Unrestricted gifts will help the Arts Council, through its partner agency, the Arts Foundation for Martin County; establish an endowment fund to ensure the arts endure as a lasting part of the Martin County community. Find out more about our Arts Legacy Society...
Jewels of the Arts: Recognition for our most celebrated donors
The Jewels of the Arts recognition is presented to donors who have cumulatively given in excess of $10,000 to advance the Council’s or the Arts Foundation of Martin County’s mission. Located in the central hallway of the historic Court House Cultural Center, this new installation is a stunning tribute to the private individuals and corporations who have support the arts over the past 30 plus years.
The Court House Cultural Center Gallery Fund
Photo (from left to right): Jeanette Mueller, Bill Fowler, Bridget Baratta, Bud Jordan and Craig Pricesize>
The renovations of the Court House Cultural Center Gallery have been very successful thanks to the efforts of Arts Foundation Board Members and to the generosity of many people in the community. The following were major donors to the campaign:
Frederic M. Ayres, III
Lawrence A Sanders Foundation
Dunn Capital Management