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Louisville Arts' organizations have a new way to raise funds. Power2give.org gives a localized option similar to Kickstarter.com or Indiegogo.com. The program can be used for history and science projects as well.

One of the neat things about Power2give.org is the matching funds program that they have set up and organized. The Power2give team finds sponsors like Republic Bank who agree to match funds that individuals or organizations raise through the program. 

This fundraising tool is provided by the Fund for the Arts, which was started in 1949 by  Mayor Charles Farnsley as an umbrella fundraising organization in support of the Arts with a focus on economic development, education and quality of life for Louisville citizens. Donations to all projects on the web site are tax deductible, because they are made to Fund for the Arts, which is a 503 (C) non-profit organization.

Anyone interested in raising funds can go the www.power2give.org web site and choose the "create a project" option. The projects must be posted by a non-profit organization and need less than $10,000. Individuals must have a fiscal sponsor in order to post a project. This may not be the best option for individuals, because fiscal sponsors usually take a percentage, and Funds for the Arts takes a 12% commission on all funds raised. It might be better for individuals to stick with another fundraising tool than to pay out too much in commissions. 

Current projects on the site range from costuming for community theater to fixing a trailer for the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Philanthropists of all income levels just might find this an awesome opportunity to scroll through our artistic community needs and make a doantion pledge.  Fundraisers receive their funds whether they hit their full goal amount or not.  More information can be found on their web site.

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Jessica Lynn has been writing for Louisville.com since fall of 2010 and has also been published in LEO, Velocity, Voice-Tribune and others after serving as Editor in Chief of The JCC student newspaper, The Quadrangle. She has also served as columnist or contributing writer to an array of online publications.

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