BMO Harris Bank and Colleagues Pledge Support for Confluence Arts Center Arts Center Fundraising Effort Qualifies for $1 Million Anonymous Gift

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BMO Harris and some of its employees have combined to make a $115,000 contribution to the Confluence Arts Center capital campaign.  Collectively they are contributing $115,000 in the form of corporate and individual gifts, as well as corporate sponsorships.  BMO Harris’ contribution helps assure the Arts Center’s “It’s Time” community campaign will raise $500,000 by December 31, and qualify for a $1 million match from an anonymous donor.

BMO Harris was one of the Businesses for Growth donors that had made an early commitment to the Confluence.  But when the community challenge was announced, the bank revisited its previous commitment and increased it by 50 percent.  BMO Harris’ employees also made generous personal pledges to the community campaign.

A component of BMO Harris’ contribution is in the form of corporate sponsorships of fundraising events that support the Confluence Project. The Bank was a major sponsor of the Confluence Uncorked Event hosted by Gordy’s Markets in October. Two other major events associated with fundraising for the Confluence Arts Center, scheduled for 2016 and 2017, will be sponsored by BMO Harris.

“BMO Harris is pleased to be an integral part of the Eau Claire community.  We regularly seek out opportunities to partner on projects that will have a major impact on the community,” said Andrea Novak, BMO Harris vice president for community affairs. “As the Confluence Project has evolved, the broad-based collaborations as well as its goals for improving the community very much align with our goals at BMO Harris. We also believe in leveraging our support through sponsorships, so we’re looking forward to helping underwrite activities that will raise more funds for the Arts Center.”

The Confluence Arts Center fundraising has passed the $11 million mark.  $687,000 has been raised to date that qualifies for the community campaign’s $500,000 match.  The overall fundraising goal for the Confluence Arts Center is to raise at least $13.5 million.  The $500,000 for $1 million campaign will end on December 31, 2015.  But the fundraising campaign needs to raise at least $1.5 million more to match $23.5 million pledged by the state, city and county. Groundbreaking for the Arts Center is tentatively planned for late spring/early summer 2016.  Fundraising will continue in 2016, until the philanthropy goal is reached.