Who decides where the money from the Arts & Heritage Fund goes?
The Arts & Culture Alliance manages the Arts & Heritage Fund. In the first two years (FY2012 and FY 2013), the Alliance convened a panes of community representatives who provided granting recommendations to the Arts & Culture Alliance’s board of directors. In the third year (FY2014), awards were based on renewals.
What is my motivation to give to the Arts & Heritage Fund?
The Arts & Heritage Fund will make certain your money is well spent and wisely invested. Your contribution makes possible many grants to organizations that strengthen our region’s economy, provide valuable creative experiences for children, and build a more vibrant community.
Does the Arts & Heritage Fund serve the entire Greater Knoxville region?
Yes! Arts audiences are drawn from every district of Knox County in almost equal numbers.
How much of my money goes directly to the arts organizations?
A minimum of 85% of the funds raised will go directly to the grant recipients; up to 15% may be used for administrative and fundraising costs.
In the first year (FY2012), 100% of the Fund went toward awards.
In the second year (FY2013), 96.2% of the Fund went toward awards.
Should I contribute to the Arts & Heritage Fund instead of my favorite arts organization?
No. We encourage you to support the arts organization of your choice AND make a contribution to the Arts & Heritage Fund.
Will the grant recipients change from year to year?
Yes and no. Grant recipients must apply for funding each year so the list of recipients is likely to grow and change. One of the goals of the Fund is to stabilize arts and heritage organizations, so every effort will be taken to provide consistent support from one year to the next. In the first two years (FY2012 and FY2013), there was no change in awards.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, contributions to the Arts & Heritage Fund are fully tax deductible when no goods or services are received in exchange for your donation.
May I direct my gift to a specific organization?
Yes, however you may also want to write a check directly to that organization.