Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY FUND FOR THE ARTS?
The Community Fund for the Arts Campaign (CFA) is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge that collects and allocates funds to area arts and cultural organizations. It is a united arts fund drive, which generates critical core funding for 14 visual and performing arts and humanities nonprofit organizations that provide educational and cultural opportunities for our community. The Campaign is conducted annually through a volunteer campaign cabinet consisting of local professionals and business owners and runs from January through June.
The CFA member organizations supported through the campaign include: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge Little Theater, Baton Rouge Symphony, Friends of Magnolia Mound, Foundation For Historical Louisiana, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Of Moving Colors Productions, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Swine Palace Productions, Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition, and WRKF Public Radio.
THE PURPOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN
The corporate/professional community started the Community Fund for the Arts Campaign in 1985 to consolidate giving to the arts and to ensure thoughtful allocation of funds to support and develop our arts community to its maximum potential. In 1992, the Campaign began the Workplace Giving Program, which was implemented to encourage individual giving through payroll deduction or one-time gifts.
WHY IS THERE A UNITED ARTS FUND DRIVE IN BATON ROUGE?
• The Campaign was created by leaders of the Baton Rouge business community who recognized that corporate investment in the arts is a key factor in the health and well being of vibrant community.
• The campaign uses the model of the United Way and has been endorsed community wide.
• The Campaign cuts the cost of fundraising with one drive instead of many to ensure that maximum use comes from each dollar contributed and assures organizations of consistent, long-term support.
• It subsidizes operating costs and ensures the quality of programming by our arts organizations.
WHY AREN’T THE ARTS COVERED BY MY UNITED WAY CONTRIBUTION?
The Baton Rouge community has endorsed two separate general community drives: the United Way for social services and the CFA Campaign for arts and cultural services. There is no competition between the two drives; the CFA Campaign was established with the active assistance of the United Way. The two campaigns are coordinated at different times of the year, so they do not overlap in campaign periods.
DOES MY CONTRIBUTION ONLY SERVE THE BATON ROUGE AREA?
• A contribution the CFA Campaign supports arts enrichment throughout the eleven parishes that encompass the Greater Baton Rouge area. The 14 organizations that are funded by CFA provide services to residents of the entire Greater Baton Rouge area. In addition, more than 750,000 local attendees participate in arts programs in Baton Rouge each year.
IS MY CONTRIBUTION NECESSARY?
Absolutely! Nationally, 80% of all giving to the arts is provided by individual contributions. Area arts and culture organizations provide a great deal of support to our community. Locally, about 450 people are employed by arts and culture organizations, earning annual salaries totaling $7.4 million (Source: Arts Council Economic Impact Survey, Admissions & Allocations applications, and member organization reports). Most of these organizations offer services below actual cost and many present free arts education and services.