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DONOR FAQ

HOW WILL MY PERSONAL INFORMATION BE USED?


The Arts Council will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide. When we send you information by email you will always have an opportunity to decline further communication. We do not share or sell any of our contact information with anyone. You can read the Arts Council’s Donor Privacy Policy here. The Arts Council does not rent, share, sell, or trade donor information, nor do we send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. When information is sent utilizing a mailing service, the vendors we employee have access only to the donor information needed to perform their function and are contractually prohibited from using it for other purposes.




ARE MY GIFTS TO THE ARTS COUNCIL TAX DEDUCTIBLE?


Gifts to the Arts Council are tax deductible under Section 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, in accordance with IRS regulations. The Arts Council provides written acknowledgment of all charitable donations.




WHAT DOES THE CARES ACT MEAN FOR MY GIFT?


Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. Included in this legislation were several provisions that expand charitable giving tax deductions this year:

  1. You can now deduct your gift to the Arts Council, even if you take the standard deduction. The CARES Act allows for up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in an above-the-line deduction for charitable gifts made in 2020 and claimed on taxes in 2021. This means that you can lower your income tax bill by giving to the Arts Council today, even if you take the standard deduction on your taxes. Please talk with your accountant to learn more.
  2. If you itemize deductions, there are new charitable deduction limits. The CARES Act increases the existing cap on charitable cash contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100% in 2020. Please talk with your accountant to learn more.
  3. Were you planning to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your retirement account in 2020? The CARES Act waives all RMDs for individuals over the age of 70 ½ who own specified retirement accounts in 2020. However, for account owners who began taking their RMDs prior to 2020, you can still choose to send a qualified charitable distribution to the Arts Council and thereby decrease your tax burden. For more information, please talk with your retirement account administrator or accountant.




WHO IS THE GREATER COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL?


The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) funds artists and arts organizations through our grants programs and provides marketing services that support artists and organizations through the ColumbusMakesArt.com event calendar and Artist Directory. We also produce the annual Community Arts Partnership Awards recognizing business and individual contributions to the community and the Columbus Arts Festival, the city’s welcome to summer event that takes place each June. Arts Council programming provides access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability and ensures broad public access to the arts. Supporting Columbus artists, and arts and culture organizations enhances the cultural image of the greater Columbus area.




WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THE ARTS COUNCIL?


Contributions from individuals like you can provide funding that allows us to invest your donation where it is most needed in the creative community. The Arts Council is a trusted steward of the money invested in us—we have received the Standards of Excellence designation from the Ohio Association of Nonprofits since 2008. All donations will help us accomplish our mission to support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus and we are committed to our vision of a thriving Columbus where the arts matter to all of us and where all of us have access to the arts. We cannot do it without you!




HOW IS THE ARTS COUNCIL FUNDED?


The majority of the Arts Council’s budget is comprised of restricted investments from the public sector. The Arts Council has four primary public funding sources, each of which have to be renewed by the legislating authority every year:

  1. A portion of the hotel/motel bed tax from the city of Columbus

  2. 5% off most tickets and admissions within the city of Columbus

  3. An annual investment (which varies) from the Franklin County Commissioners

  4. A Sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council




IF THE ARTS COUNCIL ALREADY RECEIVES PUBLIC FUNDING, WHY DO YOU NEED MY GIFT?


While public dollars are the cornerstone of our grants budget, there is no public money available to support the Arts Festival, Artists’ fellowships, and many special projects like our Emergency Relief for Artists fund and more. With more funds, we can elevate more artists and work closer to our vision of a thriving Columbus where the arts matter to all of us. Your gift to the Arts Council will enable us to support Columbus-based artists at an unprecedented level.




WHAT IS THE ARTS COUNCIL'S TAX ID NUMBER?


31-0833384




CAN I MAKE A GIFT ANONYMOUSLY?


Certainly! Please indicate your wish to remain anonymous in written correspondence if mailing your gift or indicate that you would like to remain anonymous on the donation form.