posted December 16, 2011

It’s that time of year. And if you’re like me, after a bountiful meal [that Thursday in November], lots of conversation and some pretty ridiculously fun rounds of charades, you booted up your computer and snuggled down with a cup of hot cocoa to do a little holiday giving on the internet. Once again, the Willamette Week Give!Guide makes it easy with some one-stop giving – featuring the Oregon Cultural Trust and 31 Cultural Trust nonprofit partners.

The Give!Guide features Oregon’s Cultural nonprofits with an “OCT” bubble, making it easy to make your donation to one or more of them, then match your gift with a donation in equal amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust. You get the whole match back at tax time. Thanks to Sheepscot Creative and some pretty creative types, like Scott Poole of Live Wire! Radio, the handy dandy video, also featured on the Give!Guide YouTube site makes the Trust donation process easy as rounding up a few little dogies!

The Cultural Trust is happy to also celebrate the 1,300 cultural nonprofits listed on our website, who make culture happen in Oregon. From White Bird Dance recipient of the 2012William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence from the Association ofPerforming Arts Presenters.  To NW Dance Project who won the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest!

The NW Film Center, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, with additional in kind support from the Governors Office of Film; Television and ChambersCommunications, awarded Edward P. Davee the Oregon Media Fellowship Award. Davee will receive a cash award of $15,000 administered bythe Northwest Film Center.  

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony wrote in to say thank you for the Cultural Trust Development grant of $4,000 to support their Jazz Program.  They shared a link to a recent outstanding performance at Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club by their advanced Jazz orchestra students.  The audience was packed and they raised an additional $1,300 for the MYS Jazz program.

Hanging out in Washington County?  Stop by the Washington County Museum and see Washington County like you’ve neverseen it before in Snapshot!, a new exhibit that opened tothe public Saturday, Nov. 19.  Snapshot! walks you through key periods of WashingtonCounty’s unique history and displays some of the coolest photographs andobjects in the Museum’s collection.

Last minute holiday gift ideas? How about some historic photos? Drop by the Oregon Historical Society where the Cultural Trust just celebrated the wrap up party for tje “This is Culture” photo contest.  While you’re there ask how you can receive a special discount code for 25% off historic photos from their collection. 

And because the season of giving is in high swing, if you didn’t hear it already listen (and if you did, re-listen) as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports how the “‘Season Of Giving’ Faces Midnight Deadline for Tax Benefits.”