Arts Alert: Which Legislative Candidates Support the Arts? Vote Smart.

MCA
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
2233 University Ave. W. #355
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-251-0868 fax 651-917-3561
staff at mncitizensforthearts.org
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen

October 21, 2012

1. Which Legislative Candidates Support the Arts? Vote SmART.
2. You Are Invited to MCA’s Post-Election Annual Meeting
3. Great Quotes from MCA’s Designation as Top Nonprofit!
4. 24% of High Income Donors Plan to Give More in the Next Few Years
5. Nonprofit Postage Hike Coming
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1. Which Legislative Candidates Support the Arts? Vote SmART.

This election will have a huge impact on the arts in Minnesota. Will the Legacy fund be protected? Will nonprofit tax exemptions be protected? Do legislative candidates understand the importance of the arts to our quality of life and economy?

Because you need to know the answers to these questions, MCA conducted a survey of candidates for the Minnesota Legislature last month, and the results are now available on line. Candidates were asked five questions about current arts policy issues so they could tell you how they would vote:

  • 89% of candidates listed at least one arts organization that their family enjoys.
  • 93% of respondants for the House, and 91% for the Senate said that they would support dedicating a significant portion of any new money in the Arts Legacy fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils to make sure that all Minnesotans have access to the arts.
  • 84% of respondants for the House, and 89%  for the Senate, said that they would oppose any effort to use dedicated Legacy resources for pork barrel earmark projects.
  • 97% of respondants for the House, and 94% for the Senate agreed that nonprofit organizations should continue to be exempt from taxes because their services benefit the public.
  • Find out more about the 23 MCA Arts All Stars running for the legislature this year.

See for yourself:

These were the answers of those who responded to the survey. It’s just as interesting to see who did not respond. To find out if your local candidates answered the survey and what their answers are,  you can download a pdf of all responses here: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/

NOTE: To find out what your new legislative district is (All district lines have changed! You may need to go somewhere new to vote!) go to the Secretary of State’s website: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

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2. You Are Invited to MCA’s Post-Election Annual Meeting

MCA’s Annual Meeting will come right after the election, giving us a chance to talk about how election outcomes will affect the arts in the state legislature and in congress. MCA’s lobbyist Larry Redmond and Executive Director Sheila Smith will talk about what the election portends for arts funding and other policy issues. Don’t miss it!

Join us!
WHERE: Illusion Theatre, in the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis
WHEN: November 9, 2012, 6:00-7:00 PM
RSVP: Staff@mncitizensforthearts.org or 651-251-0868
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3. Great Quotes from MCA’s Designation as Top Nonprofit!

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts’ designation as a Top Nonprofit Providing Access to the Arts in Minnesota came with a nice profile on Guidestar that inlcudes quotes about our work. We’re very proud, (and blushing) so we’d like to share them with you, our members:

“ I think this organization probably has more impact on the arts in Minnesota as a whole, than any other group. They lobbied on behalf of the new Legacy sales tax funding activities in the arts, culture, and environment.”

“ They have strong leadership and energy. They have a great ability to catalyze their constituents and have effective communication across a broad network.”

“ They have great grassroots support.”

“ This organization is crucial to art advocacy. Additionally, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is used as an example of success at the national level.”

“Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a primary reason for this state’s national reputation as a cultural Mecca. For decades, MCA has created a coalition among arts organizations across the state, across all disciplines, and of all sizes. The passage of the Legacy Amendment (and the inclusion of the arts in that amendment) is due in great part to MCA.”

Thanks again to Guidestar and Philanthropedia!

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4. 24% of High Income Donors Plan to Give More in the Next Few Years

Bank of America recently released early findings from its annual study of high-net-worth donors. High-net-worth households have incomes greater than $200,000 or assets in excess of $1,000,000. According to the survey, 4f3 percent of survey households make more charitable contributions during the holiday season (October to Decemper). 24 percent said they expect to give more over the next three to five years, 52 percent plan to continue giving at their current levels, and 9 percent expect to cut back. The complete report, Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, will be available later this month.

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5. Nonprofit Postage Hike Coming

The Nonprofit Times reports that charities can expect rates for nonprofit standard mail to rise be an average of 2.5 percent next year. The United States Postal Office recently announced the new pricing, which would go into effect on Juan. 27, 2013, pending review and approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The PRC now has 45 days to respond to the USPS request for the new rates.

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