CEF Increases Support for Arts Groups

The Cultural Enrichment Fund (CEF) announced that its 2011-2012 united campaign for the arts in the capital region successfully garnered increased support for area arts groups. The Cultural Enrichment Fund successfully raised $514,016 from area businesses and individuals for local arts and cultural organizations. This represents a 2.5 percent increase over the previous year’s audited campaign total of $501,466. Nancy Dering Mock, President of Nancy Dering Inc. and Chair of the Cultural Enrichment Fund Board of Directors, said, “I want to personally thank our Board of Directors, including this year’s Campaign Chair, Taylor Ranker, and our Immediate Past Board Chair, Deb Cohen, for their leadership in making this campaign successful.

As a result, CEF will be able to increase the amount that is allocated to its thirteen member arts groups. Also, we will be able to increase funding for our ‘Arts for All’ initiative which supports arts programs that integrate cultural appreciation into the lives of underserved audiences.”I was amazed by the breadth of support for the arts in the capital region. Even though our campaign got off to a slow start due to the fall flooding, we were able to make up ground and close a successsful campaign” said Taylor Ranker, CEF Campaign Chair and Owner, Vice President & Relatio nship Manager for Ranker Hanshaw Wealth Management. He continued “Looking forward, I am very optimistic about the prospects of increasing corporate support for the arts in the capital region. “On behalf of the Board Directors, we are thrilled that this successful campaign has allowed us to increase our support for the capital region’ s arts groups,” said Nancy Dering Mock. She continued “furthermore, we are deeply appreciative of the hard work and dedication of our 85 campaign volunteers who were essential to the campaign’s success.”

Member allocations will be issued immediately on a pre-arranged payment schedule. The Cultural Enrichment Fund ss accepting applications for funding from the Arts for All initiative through May 15th. The application is available on the Fund’s website att www.culturalenrichmentfund.org. Grant award announcements for the 2012-2013 program year will be made by July 31, 2012.