GoodGiving Guide Supports UK Art Museum
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2012) — The GoodGiving Guide Challenge, presented annually by Smiley Pete Publishing and the Bluegrass Community Foundation, hopes to help support local nonprofit organizations in the Lexington area. The campaign, which runs through Dec. 31, has already raised more than $156,000 for the featured organizations and foundations and hopes to raise $400,000 by the end of the challenge. Those wishing to support the arts or a University of Kentucky nonprofit, can donate to the Art Museum at UK through the drive.
The GoodGiving Guide Challenge has several goals that they hope to accomplish with their campaign, including exciting people age 18 to 35 to get involved in philanthropy; engaging new donors and/or volunteers; educating the public about nonprofits and their vital role in community; encouraging online giving that is fast, simple and fun; empowering local nonprofits in the utilization of social media and online giving; and emphasizing the importance of helping local organizations. There are 68 local nonprofits involved with the GoodGiving Guide this year.
The Art Museum at UK is excited to participate again in the challenge and hopes to receive a lot of community support through the initiative.
"The money raised during the GoodGiving Guide Challenge will go toward the art museum's annual fund," said Lyndi VanDuerson, marketing and membership coordinator at the museum. "If we were to win one of the weekly challenge grants, we could use the money for various other projects. The museum not only serves Lexington, but the entire Bluegrass region."
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. The museum is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at the corner of Rose St. and Euclid Ave. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.
There are other perks to giving besides the good feeling generated from helping out local community organizations. Depending on the dollar amount donated, donors will receive gift packages ranging from coupons to local shops and entertainment venues, to various free items.
For more information on how to give and more detailed information on the nonprofits, visit www.goodgivingguide.net.
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