Arts fund boosted by regular giving

Arts fund boosted by regular giving

27 February 2020 - Sunrise Foundation Arts Kay and MJ Feb20 NL Web

Kay Crosby and Mary-Jane Richmond, standing in front of the Surfing Statue which Sunrise helped to fund, are regular donors to the Arts Fund at Sunrise,

Mary-Jane Richmond and Kay Crosby are both regular donors to the Arts Fund at Sunrise. Mary-Jane donates every pay day through workplace giving and Kay with a monthly automatic payment.

Both women are active in the local arts scene and have a great love for the arts. Mary-Jane says she “was nabbed two weeks after moving to Gisborne in 1982" to join the  Gisborne Choral Society and has sung with the choir ever since. She has been on the choral society committee most of that time, and is now president, she says "it was an easy decision to direct my weekly workplace giving donations to Sunrise’s Arts Fund". 

Also a lover of musical theatre Mary-Jane believes the arts are an important aspect of society. "The arts not only help build a rounded community, they lift your spirits and take you out of yourself.”

“I donate to the Arts Fund every week through workplace giving and I don’t even notice it going out. I love supporting the arts, especially as I know that Sunrise only grants locally. The local element is very important to me.”

Kay Crosby has been a trustee on Art in Public Places for ten years and says she used to donate her charitable giving to multiple different causes. “I started looking into it and was shocked at the amount of my money that was going towards admin for those charities.”

Sunrise, as a community foundation, is only allowed to use one percent of donations to cover admin, meaning that 99 percent of all donations benefit our community.  Kay says this is why she decided to start donating regularly to Sunrise. “It means that more of my money is going to where I want it to go.” 

“I think it is important for us to have a thriving local arts scene as there are many in our community that don’t have the means to travel outside of the region to experience the arts. It’s hard to raise money for the arts in Gisborne, and so I’m happy to support the Arts Fund at Sunrise.”

Any donation to the Arts Fund will be invested, protected and grown each year in line with inflation. The surplus investment income will be granted back to causes in the arts community every year, meaning your donation will keep supporting the arts in our region forever.

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