Allied Arts announces a record-breaking $3,649,484 raised in support of central Oklahoma’s arts community through its 2021 fundraising efforts. Allied Arts campaign funds are distributed to more than 40 local nonprofit arts organizations annually, providing the resources they need to remain dynamic, reach underserved populations, and offer quality and affordable programming to the public.
“We are thrilled to have raised the most during any campaign throughout our 50-year history and are particularly proud to accomplish this during a pandemic when the need is so great,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts president and CEO. “In this difficult time, we are grateful that individuals, businesses and foundations came together to support access to the arts for Oklahomans. This campaign benefits a wide range of arts programs including partnerships providing outreach to schoolchildren, veterans and the elderly.”
Allied Arts announced the record-breaking campaign total at the Campaign Celebration event on July 12 on the Scissortail Terrace of the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel. In addition to a celebration announcing the giving total, the event was an opportunity to thank Allied Arts donors, volunteers and employee giving partners.
Leading the charge among donors was The Kirkpatrick Family Fund, who pledged $1 million over the next three years to help fund a “RESTART for the Arts” after the pandemic and help recoup lost income and revenue. The Chickasaw Nation, Devon Energy, Hobby Lobby, OG&E and Glenna & Dick Tanenbaum also made significant contributions of $100,000 or more as Visionary donors.
Employee giving campaigns were held by 130 businesses across the greater metro and raised more than $550,000 for Allied Arts. Employees attended virtual presentations and heard from partner organizations about what donations help them accomplish.
“Every single donor is vital to the success of the 2021 campaign. Our partner organizations are struggling after pandemic closures and cancellations,” Senner said. “These donations send a clear message about the importance of arts programming and education to our community and will help start pandemic recovery within the arts – a process that is expected to take three or more years.”
As Allied Arts celebrates 50 years of service to the arts community, the organization also took a moment to recognize at the Campaign Celebration former campaign leaders and community advocates who set the foundation for today’s success.
While the 2021 campaign has technically concluded, Allied Arts is committed to pandemic recovery assistance and accepts donations and delivers employee giving presentations year-round. Please call 405-278-8944 to learn more or visit alliedartsokc.com/donate to make a secure donation online.