Dear CDSS members, friends, and supporters,
I’m writing to share some truly amazing news.
In a bold gesture of support for the participatory arts, the Sage Foundation, a grantmaking organization in the Pacific Northwest, has awarded the Country Dance & Song Society an unrestricted grant of $1,000,000 to continue our programs, services, and advocacy on behalf of traditional dance, music, and song traditions.
This gift catapults the Spread the Joy Centennial Campaign well beyond our initial goal of $1,000,000. The Sage Foundation joins the 900+ individuals and organizations who have already contributed to the campaign, bringing the total raised to more than $1,665,000.
This support, from you and hundreds of friends like you, was absolutely crucial in demonstrating to the Sage Foundation that CDSS is an organization worth supporting! Because of your generosity, we were able to fund programs like the Community Residencies/Centennial Tour and The Playford Assembly, and to approach a major funder with a compelling story of our success, the value of our mission, and our readiness to grow given sufficient support.
The Sage Foundation, affiliated with Sage Arts in Arlington, WA, gives grants that support arts, music, education, healthcare, and the environment. “We believe in supporting homegrown music,” says a spokesperson for the Sage Foundation.
The extraordinary gift – the largest in CDSS’s history – will allow us to fully pursue the goals of the campaign. It will fund ongoing Education and Outreach programs and North American Community Residencies. It will allow us to invest in long overdue technology and infrastructure upgrades. And perhaps most significantly, as the 5-year pledge is fulfilled, it will allow us to build a substantial operational reserve.
So THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for your faith in us, and all you’ve done to get us to this point. You will be hearing more from us in the coming months about the impact of the campaign and our plans for the future. In the meantime, we welcome your questions and congratulations!
With great excitement and gratitude,