United Arts of Central Florida is touting the successes achieved so far with its new Power2Give online fundraising program. Power2Give.org allows arts, science and history groups to request donations for specific projects; fans can browse the projects and contribute toward any that catch their eye.
Launched three weeks ago, four projects by notable arts groups already have been funded, United Arts reports.
• Orlando Shakespeare Theater's "Pictures are worth a 1000 words; Cameras cost $1000" project, in which donors were able to provide the theater with a new digital camera
• Mad Cow Theatre's "Let Us Paint You a Picture…" project, in which tools for painting were needed at a cost of $1,968
• Mad Cow Theatre's "Strike Up The Band" project, in which all benefits go to creating music for an upcoming show with a request of $10,000.
• Orlando Repertory Theatre's "Field Trips for Underserved School Kids!" project, a $3,750 fundraising effort that will give 10 classrooms worth of students in underserved communities – 330 schoolchildren – free or discounted tickets to the theater and provide a full or partial bus subsidy.
"The REP is pleased and honored that the community so strongly supported our goal of providing underserved children the opportunity to have an experience in the theater," said Gene Columbus, executive director of the Orlando Repertory Theatre. "Power2Give made it easy for the donors, in the short amount of time, to make their donation online knowing there will be long-term effects on the hundreds of children getting the chance to experience live theater."
Bank of America is Power2Give's presenting sponsor, meaning it provided principal funding for the site's launch. It also is matching donations on the site at 50 cents for each donated dollar.
Twenty-seven projects with a total value of $122,207 were posted to the launch pages. Among those still needing donations include "Every Child Deserves to Dance!" from the Orlando Ballet, "Notes in Your Neighborhood" from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, "Home Is Where the HeART Is" from the Orlando Museum of Art and "Cancer…. It Stinks. Art Can Help" from United Arts of Central Florida.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun