The McPherson Arts Alliance (MAA) is asking for your help today, March 4, 2015. Today is Match Day at the McPherson County Community Foundation. MAA has serious financial needs that must be met so that we may continue to provide youth and adult art education programs, scholarships, a gallery venue for area artists, and to be able to continue to sponsor music programs for the community. The McPherson Arts Alliance is currently running in the red. Our projected loss for the year stands at $6,170. We cover our deficit by pulling money from our depleting savings. The MAA Board of Directors has been studying this at length and any way we spin it, we cannot find any more income to cover our expenses. One of our major expenses is rent, which is currently $660 per month. Sales of art in The Gallery fluctuate, so there are many months The Gallery is not self-sustaining. We must rely heavily on donations from the community to continue our operations.
MAA has an endowment fund at the MCCF. We are the beneficiaries of a 4% grant from this fund every year. Becky Goss has met with our board and our plan is to increase our endowment fund at MCCF by $80,000, so the grant money from this endowment fund can fund the rent payment on The Gallery.
We realize we won’t raise $80,000 in one year or even five. If we can raise our endowment $8,000 every year for ten years or $10,000 every year for eight years, The Gallery will become self-sustaining.
McPherson County has a long history of fighting for arts in many areas of each of its towns, but the McPherson Arts Alliance is unique in that it provides universally accessible educational programming during non-school hours and days, a retail outlet for the sale of artist creations, a contact point for new artists to join our community, and a marketing presence to encourage the growth of area artists.
On behalf of the MAA Board, we thank you for your generous support of our mission to provide opportunities for appreciation, education, and participation in the Arts.
Help the McPherson Arts Alliance on MATCH DAY
$45,250 TOTAL GRANTS & PRIZES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 7 AM to 6 PM
- Match Day Grants: $40,000
BASIC CHALLENGE: Come to the McPherson Community Foundation, 206 N. Main in McPherson on MATCH DAY, March 4, between the hours of 4pm – 6pm and make a donation for the McPherson Arts Alliance! The minimum donation is just $25! The first $40,000 given on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 between 7 AM and 6 PM will be matched proportionally to the total raised, up to a maximum of $8,000 per organization, and if the Arts Alliance has the most people donating between 4 – 6 pm we will win an additional $1000!!!
- Match Day Incentive Prizes: $5,250
- Get the party started: 7 am – 9 am
- Coffee Break: 9 am – 11 am
- Lunch Bonanza: 11 am -1pm
- Afternoon Blitz: 2 pm – 4 pm
- Happy Hour: 4 pm – 6 pm This is our time!!! We need to have the most people come through the door during Happy Hour to win $1000!
$1000 will be awarded to the organization receiving the most donors giving donations of $25 or more through the site from 4 pm – 6 pm. (Each donor will be counted only once).
One donor will be randomly chosen at the end of Match Day and $250 will be added to their donation.
TOTAL GRANTS: $45,250
The McPherson Arts Alliance VAAM Gallery will be hosting an art exhibit featuring the works of reclaimed Kansas artist Cally Krallman, March 20 – May 2, 2015. The exhibit titled “Celebrating the Prairie” will feature 40 landscapes in oil and acrylic.
Krallman, from Topeka Ks, has been painting for over 25 years. Her paintings have been featured in many exhibits, both nationally and internationally. She is well known for her dynamic oil and acrylic paintings of the Flint Hills and Kansas.
She is a member of OIL Painters of America, American Women Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Missouri Valley Impressionists Society and exhibits her work all over the Midwest. She has been juried into many national exhibits including The Salon International, Plein Air Rockies and OPA Western Regional.
Krallman will also be teaching a landscape painting workshop for all levels of students on May 2nd, 9am – 4pm in the McPherson Opera House Mary Anderson Arts Center, 223 S Main St., McPherson, Ks. Fee for the class is $100. Register in the VAAM Gallery, Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5pm, or call 241-6131 or 241-5774.
Artist reception is also May 2nd from noon to 2pm.
Match Day on Wednesday, March 4, holds incredible opportunity for the McPherson Arts Alliance. On that day, McPherson County Community Foundation will match donations made to our endowment fund—our long-term savings—and with your help, we could potentially receive up to $8,000 of the $40,000 match available. Here’s how Match Day works:
- Come to the event and make a donation.
Date: Wednesday, March 4 Time: 7 am – 6 pm Place: McPherson County Community Foundation, 206 S. Main, McPherson
- Matching funds will be given to our organization based on a proportional basis. For example, if $100,000 is raised and our organization received 10% of the total donations, we will receive $4,000 to use for immediate needs.
- Minimum donation amount per donor is $25. There is no limit on the amount of funding donors may contribute to the nonprofit organization’s endowed fund.
- A donor may give to multiple organizations, but only needs to write one check for the total gift. A separate form will be used to indicate which endowment(s) will benefit.
- Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Make checks payable to: MCCF.
- Organizations with the largest number of donors during designated prize times will be awarded throughout the day. Each winner receives a $1000 grant!
Building our endowment is critical for our future, but we still face monthly expenses. So we still need contributions to our annual campaign. Match Day is a one-time opportunity to dig deeper, to grow our endowment exponentially, so that we can enrich our people and programs for even greater impact. Your gift is vital for helping us maximize the match.
For more details, visit www.mcphersonfoundation.org.