Million Dollar Matching Gift Calls for Community Support

$13M-TIME-IS-NOWSeveral recently received large donations and pledges to the Confluence Arts Center fundraising campaign have pushed total giving by local families and area businesses beyond the $10 million mark. The project’s philanthropy goal is $13.5 million, including grants from National and regional philanthropic foundations..

The fundraising committee has also announced that another million dollars has been pledged by an anonymous donor in the form of a challenge grant. The Confluence Arts Center fundraising campaign will receive the million dollars if it can raise an additional $500,000 locally by December 31. The fundraising committee will officially kick-off an “It’s Time” community campaign – intended to raise the $500,000 match — Friday, October 16, at the Uncorked Autumn Wine Tasting Gala sponsored by Gordy’s Market.

“We are continuing to see strong momentum with philanthropy for the Confluence Arts Center,” said Tom Barland, the fundraising campaign’s co-chair. “The $15 million dollar grant from the State of Wisconsin, included in the state’s budget, and Eau Claire County’s recent re-affirmation of its $3.5 million investment in the project has convinced people that the Confluence Arts Center is going to be a reality. They are eager to help assure the capital campaign’s success.”

“Our focus these past several months has been on Century Club gifts of at least $50,000 and contributions from businesses through the Businesses for Growth campaign,” said Jill Barland, a fundraising committee co-chair. “During this time, we’ve had many people ask us how they can help. The ‘It’s Time’ campaign provides a way for everyone who wants to see the Confluence Arts Center happen to step forward with their gifts. Contributions of any size are needed and welcome.”

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is the main recipient of community campaign gifts. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation is also continuing to accept gifts for the Arts Center.

For more information about the Uncorked Autumn Wine Tasting Gala click here.
For information on how to make a gift, contact Sue Bornick at the Eau Claire Community Foundation (715-552-3801) suebornick@eccommunityfoundation.org or Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation (715-836-5180) waykk@uwec.edu.

For Community for the Confluence web and social media questions contact Scott Morfitt at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center (715-832-2787) scott@eauclairearts.com.