Modesto Symphony board gives $30K in matching funds for new donors

Posted on: May 23, 2012

In Tuesday’s (5/22) Modesto Bee (California), Lisa Millegan Renner writes, “In an attempt to recoup $200,000 in lost corporate and foundation donations, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra has launched a grass-roots campaign for new donors. The orchestra board has provided $30,000 to be matched dollar for dollar for new donations. The orchestra also has approached a few key donors for additional help. ‘If all of these initiatives are successful, we will significantly reduce or eliminate this lack of corporate and foundation giving in the next two years,’ Dave Tompkins, president and chief executive officer of the orchestra, wrote in an e-mail Monday to The Bee. Donations from corporations, foundations and individuals make up 55 percent of the orchestra’s $1.7 million budget, with the rest coming from ticket sales. The campaign kicked off May 8 with conductor David Lockington’s opinion piece in The Bee asking community members for help. … Tompkins said the orchestra also has taken several cost-cutting measures. … Judith Kurnick, a spokeswoman for the League of American Orchestras, said corporate funding for arts groups has decreased in recent years. … ‘It’s important for those who do care about this art form to make sure they do their part,’ she said. ‘It’s harder and harder for these institutions.’ ”

Posted May 23, 2012