OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., July 26, 2016 – Allied Arts’ 2016 fundraising campaign closed on June 30 and raised $2,986,334 for central Oklahoma’s arts community. This brings the total raised by Allied Arts to more than $60 million for the local arts community in its 45-year history. These funds are distributed to local nonprofit arts organizations and help ensure that they have the resources they need to remain strong, reach underserved populations and offer quality programming to the public.

This year’s fundraising efforts were chaired by Karen Delaney and Michael Laird, who led a dedicated team of volunteers to oversee the campaign.

“We feel the outcome of the campaign was a great achievement, particularly in light of the fact that this was without question, the most difficult fundraising year in our organization’s history. Many donors, volunteers, corporate leaders, board members, staff, member agencies, and employee giving coordinators had to work diligently together to ensure its success. We are grateful for the commitment of our community to support the arts and arts education, and to keep our forward momentum going,” remarked Laird.

Leading the charge among corporate donors were Allied Arts Visionaries – The Chickasaw Nation, Devon Energy Corporation, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund and OGE Energy Corp.

“The generosity of our visionary donors demonstrates their dedication to the betterment of our communities and sets the standard for corporate support of the arts in central Oklahoma,” said Delaney. “We are immensely appreciative of their focus on philanthropy and their continued partnership with Allied Arts and the entire arts community.”

Employee giving campaigns are a vital element of the Allied Arts annual campaign, with 107 organizations participating and raising more than $526,000 for Allied Arts this year. Each of the companies that hosted a campaign showed that they not only understand the significance of the arts for our economy, our community, and our quality of life, but that they wanted to provide opportunities for their employees to conveniently invest in the arts as well. The top-producing employee giving campaigns were employees of the City of Oklahoma City; Devon Energy Corporation; American Fidelity; Chesapeake Energy Corporation; OGE Energy Corp.; Ackerman McQueen; SONIC, America’s Drive-In; and INTEGRIS Health.

“It was only 10 years ago when Allied Arts raised less than $2 million, making this year’s campaign an astounding success considering the difficult fundraising climate,” commented Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts President and CEO. “Despite the overwhelmingly generous community support, our arts agencies will receive lower levels of funding in 2016 due to a reduction in the Allied Arts campaign and cuts from other funding sources.  Nevertheless, Allied Arts will continue to identify creative ways to raise funds and awareness for our agencies to ensure they can meet the educational and cultural needs of the community.”

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