Arts & Science Council Receives $50,000 Challenge Grant from Foundation For The Carolinas to Reach its Annual Fund Drive Goal



Krista Terrell, Director-Communications
Arts & Science Council
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Leslie McCray, Vice President - Communications
Foundation For The Carolinas
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(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – The Arts & Science Council (ASC) announced today that Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) is offering a $50,000 challenge grant to inspire individuals and companies to donate to the 2010 Annual Fund Drive.  Donations to ASC can be made securely at

The campaign, ending March 29, is currently at $7.1 million with a goal of $7.3 million.

“The fact that ASC is so close to meeting their fund drive goal in this difficult economy shows that our community recognizes the importance of our cultural life,” said Michael Marsicano, President and CEO of FFTC.  “The Foundation is pleased to offer this challenge grant to help close the final $200,000 gap and reach the $7.3 million goal.”  The funds will be distributed through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation, the local grantmaking arm of FFTC. 

Dollars to the Annual Fund Drive support arts, science, history and heritage organizations, artists, education programs and neighborhood cultural projects in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

“We are grateful for the active leadership of the Foundation and their vote of confidence in the work that we do,” says ASC President Scott Provancher. “We are optimistic this new challenge will inspire both individuals and companies who have supported us in the past and those who may be considering a first-time gift to step forward and help us reach our goal.”

The Arts & Science Council has been hailed as one of the largest United Arts Funds in the U.S.  While the 2010 campaign has been challenged by the lagging economy, there have been exciting individual and corporate increases in giving.

“We appreciate all of our donors who make gifts ranging from $5 to $50,000 and beyond,” said Provancher. “We’re especially appreciative of our donors who were unable to participate in last year’s campaign, but able to do so this year.  Every gift, in any amount, matters.”

The campaign, originally set to conclude on March 15, was extended until March 29 when the campaign was at $6.3 million on March 11. Over the past two weeks, ASC has raised $800,000. 

Madelyn Caple, senior vice president, regional director for Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company and Tom Zweng, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs for Presbyterian Healthcare are co-chairing the campaign.

About Foundation For The Carolinas:

Foundation For The Carolinas is a nonprofit community foundation serving donors and a broad range of charitable purposes in North and South Carolina. With assets of $739 million, the Foundation encourages and makes possible philanthropic giving by individuals of all means to benefit their communities. Visit 

About Arts & Science Council:

The Arts & Science Council is a non-profit organization that serves and supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg's cultural community through grant-making, planning, fundraising, programs and services to creative individuals, neighborhood cultural projects, cultural education and institutions reflective of our diverse population to ensure a vibrant community enriched with arts, science, history and heritage.



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