All Love Utah Give Utah gifts made between now and 11:59pm on March 30 count toward our total!
Thank you to everyone whose gifts combined to match a $5,000 gift from Vickie Venne between March 1-28. We’re now working toward matching a $2,500 gift from Jane & Tami Marquardt through their Peace & Possibility Project). Please help us by giving as little as $10 by 11:59pm on Thursday, March 30!
This means $15,000 (Vickie’s gift + Jane & Tami’s gift + matching funds from you!) will provide 3/4 of the first year’s salary for a new half-time Education Coordinator, who will manage our Free Elementary School Tour and assist the Artistic and Managing Directors to look to the future in a bolder way regarding diversity and gender parity.
In its first year, our Free Elementary School Tour served 7,500 students at 20 elementary schools in 3 counties. Just three years later, it now serves 15,000 students at 40 schools in 7 counties. Our goal is to expand statewide by 2020.
Working with Title I schools (including several primarily minority-majority schools) has helped us see what our future can be in terms of a more diverse talent pool, audience and donor base. We must think several generations ahead in order to accurately reflect, speak to and represent our evolving community. Four of the first six plays commissioned for the Free Elementary School Tour are by female playwrights and the casts of each are intentionally diverse.
Sharing more plays by women featuring gender-balanced and multi-ethnic casts allows more elementary students to see stories onstage that are performed by people who look and sound like them. If we authentically make the connection between what these students see and what they can do as artists, we will expand the talent pool and our audience while continually investing in, reflecting and representing our evolving community.
Gifts made online anytime between March 1-30 count toward the total. The higher the number of unique online donors, the greater the chance we will win additional funds from the Community Foundation of Utah! If we attract the most individual donors in our category, we’ll win an additional $5,000 . . . which would mean the Education Coordinator position will be fully funded for the first year!
So…what is a unique online donor?
A lot of wonderful folks try to help us out by making multiple donations each year, but the truth is only one gift per person counts toward the total number of unique online donors. So we ask you to please give a single gift of $10 (you will be able to increase the amount of your gift if you would like to). If you are one of those folks that makes multiple donations, please consider rolling that into one larger donation.
Click here to make your $10+ gift today. And new this year – we don’t have to pay any fees other than credit card fees to Razoo. And don’t forget you can also use PayPal!
You may also create an individual fundraising page to help us meet our goal.
Take a look at Board President Jesse Nix’s page here, Vice President Tami Marquardt’s (and her wife Jane’s!) page here, Board Secretary Kay Shean’s page here, Board Treasurer Brian Doughty’s page here, Trustee Benjamin Brown’s page here, Trustee Rebecca Chavez-Houck’s page here, Trustee Rick Pollock’s page here, Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett’s page here, Stage Manager Jennifer Freed’s page here, Playwright Melissa Leilani Larson’s page here, Playwright Morag Shepherd’s page here, Donor & Subscriber MaryBeth Jarvis Clark’s page here, Longtime Patron & Volunteer Melissa Rasmussen’s page here and/or Managing Director Cheryl Cluff’s page here. Simply click here to set yours up today!