From small towns to large urban centers, arts and cultural venues and educational centers establish and maintain buildings and attractions that are essential for community vitality. These facility and capital improvement projects may range from the construction or expansion of community arts centers, performance halls or auditoriums, to adaptively reusing older buildings like churches, to upgrading major equipment like heating and cooling systems, to preserving historic homes, farms and lighthouses. Stewardship of these cultural treasures requires ongoing strategic investment and engaged community investment.
A capital campaign is a time-limited effort by a nonprofit organization to raise significant dollars for a specific project. Often such campaigns seek funding to improve or construct buildings or support an endowment.
There were 44 organizations reporting dedicated fundraising goals for capital campaigns in Fiscal Year 2011. Fighting through a tough economy, the people of Michigan stepped up to provide investments to support these groups – helping them achieve 32 % of their capital goals in 2011 — while affirming the continued need for capital funding to maintain and protect Michigan’s arts and cultural resources.