Spring 2021 Appeal

Moment of Truth

Emergency Spring Appeal $100,000
March 2021

To Our Art League Family,

John (Jack) Fink, award winning ceramic artist and sculptor, Professor Emeritus and Art League member and friend since the 1970’s, wrote a letter to members when he learned the Art League was closing and selling the building. Jack said, “It was sort of like the author, James Dashner’s description of emptiness. Like waking up with no teeth in your mouth and it wouldn’t be necessary to run to the mirror to know they were gone”.  You can read Jack’s letter here.

I know these unprecedented times have put great pressure on you and your families. Health, safety and isolating has taken its toll.  While it’s never a great time to ask for money, it’s is a moment of truth for the Art League, so I’ll get right to the point.  We need to raise one-hundred-thousand-dollars by June 30, 2021 to keep from closing, to continue operations and to turn things around.  It looks like we are beginning to move forward, and we have, thanks to you, however the truth is, we’re really just keeping afloat; in survival mode, hanging in the balance. Survival mode offers no assurance, it’s not sustainable and it’s not the place we want to hang out.

Because of you the 2020 Emergency Appeal donations made a huge impact. We dodged a bankruptcy and took the building off the market. The biggest hurdle is only twenty percent of Art League members are contributing to emergency appeals. Thank you in advance to the twenty percent who have donated and will donate again. To those not in the twenty percent, I urge you to pick up the torch and rally your fellow members and beneficiaries of the Art League programs, events and services to extend a financial lifeline to this long-time arts institution. Almost thirty-five hundred people will receive the Emergency Spring Appeal letter. Strength is in the numbers.

What’s keeping us afloat are your generous donations, exhausted lines of credit, bank loans, the CARES Act loan/grants and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs. Please be as generous as you can within your means. Every donation makes a difference regardless of the amount. I will keep you informed of the results and up to date on how we are doing. Check out my Director’s Corner on this webpage, and watch for updates in the weekly newsletter. Thank you in advance for your support.

Please use the enclosed envelope or visit the website to donate online . If you would like to discuss a major gift please contact me at cmiller@artleagueli.org. Appreciated stock, a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) or an annual pledge are other ways to donate.  If you have any inquiries please contact us at info@artleagueli.org.  We will get back to you promptly. Thanks for your patience!

Warmest regards,

Charlee M. Miller

Executive Director

P.S.  For the 2021 tax year, if you take standard deductions, you can deduct up to $300 of cash donations. The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  It is recommended you speak to your accountant or financial advisor for specific advice. Source: official website of the US government www.usa.gov