ArtsWave is celebrating the success of its 2016 Community Campaign, which raised $12.45 million to reach the campaign goal.
Jill P. Meyer, president & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, co-chaired the 2016 campaign with her husband, Awadagin Pratt, internationally-known pianist and artist-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
The official celebration was held April 28 at an event in Anderson Pavilion at Smale Riverfront Park.
During the event, ArtsWave board president Lisa Sauer introduced next year’s community campaign chair, Tim Elsbrock, Cincinnati Market President of Fifth Third Bank.
Meyer and ArtsWave CEO and President Alecia Kintner announced a new initiative and fundraising challenge by the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.
The tourism network will match campaign contributions up to $500,000 each year for three years, and will work with ArtsWave to co-create a marketing campaign boosting awareness of the arts and positioning Greater Cincinnati as a cultural tourism destination. ArtsWave has already identified $365,000 in pledges toward the first $500,000.
Leaders attribute success of the 2016 campaign to multiple factors:
Grassroots support: Most contributions are individual gifts of less than $150; $75 is the amount most commonly donated.
More than 13,000 employees and retirees contributed from the three largest workplace campaigns, Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bank and GE.
Increased giving: Many employee drives at companies and organizations achieved a significant increase in their campaign efforts including Kroger, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Bell, U.S. Bank, Vantiv, Paycor, Ohio National Financial Services, Michelman Inc., and the 3 East Fourth St. building, a group campaign with Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, REDI Cincinnati, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, Cincinnati Business Committee / Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, OTR Chamber and Chinese Chamber.
New campaigns: New support totaling more than $80,000 came from 30 companies, averaging a $50,000 challenge grant from the Western & Southern Financial Fund. A $50,000 challenge grant from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation matched individual donations given outside workplace campaigns.
Creative initiatives by more than 35 local restaurants, bars and breweries that hosted Toast to the Arts events; the Cincinnati Reds’ special discount on tickets to April and May games. (Tickets to May games still available at www.reds.com/artswave)
the inaugural Tidal Art x Tech Challenge, sponsored by Fifth Third, brought together arts and innovation for a weekend-long problem-solving event with Startup Cincy at Union Hall; and CincySings, which raised $70,000.
Sampling the arts: More than 11,000 people attended the Macy’s Arts Sampler weekend showcasing arts organizations.
Outreach to young professionals: Nearly 4,000 donors younger than 40 contributed more than $500,000 to the campaign.
Leadership giving: A total of 1,000 individuals give$1,500 or more. More than 350 donors joined the Women’s Leadership Roundtable, and 85 donors joined the Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts.
Altogether, ArtsWave has aggregated $13,180,000 for impact-based arts grants, services and marketing initiatives – an all-time high. ArtsWave supports the work of more than 100 arts organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.