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Alec Baldwin: A Critical Time for Arts Funding

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin speaks at Arts Advocacy Day 2011.

Hello. I’m Alec Baldwin.

Over the past few months, you may have seen me on television doing a series of commercials for Capital One.

What you may not know is that I am donating all of the proceeds from this work to cultural charities, including some of the organizations with which I’m involved: Guild Hall of East Hampton, The New York Philharmonic, Roundabout Theater, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and of course, Americans for the Arts.

But these spots are not about me getting money and then giving it to charity. Actually, Capital One is partnering with me.

That’s right. Capital One has partnered with me to help the arts by letting these advertisements serve as a platform through which I can raise awareness about the need for public funding of the arts and arts education.

In these tough economic times, I don’t want people to forget about the arts and arts education. People need to understand what’s at stake.

When our local, state, and federal government decrease support for the arts and arts education, there’s no way that private foundations, businesses and individual donors alone can fill the gap. I applaud them for all that they do give, but cuts in government support put hundreds of communities at risk, and there are pockets of the nation where dance, music, and art programs for children will end because of a lack of public funding. I don’t want that to happen, and I know you don’t either.

That’s why Americans for the Arts is the No. 1 arts advocacy organization I support; their work to champion the cause helps ensure that everyone in this country has the opportunity to experience the arts and arts education.

So here’s what you can to do help me and Capital One. If you’re a Capital One customer, visit The Capital One No Hassle GivingSite and make a donation using your Capital One debit or credit card or your No Hassle Rewards points. Capital One will cover 100 percent of the transaction fees thereby ensuring that 100 percent of your donation goes directly to the charity of your choice.

Thanks to the partnership that I have with Capital One, they have agreed to match one-to-one up to $50,000 all contributions that are made to Americans for the Arts by their customers. Look for yours truly in a special insert in your monthly statement to tell you all about it.

But my partnership with Capital One does not apply just to Capital One customers. Anyone (that means you) can make a donation by visiting The Capital One No Hassle GivingSite. Once you’re there, you can search for and make donations to the cultural charities of your choice, including Americans for the Arts. And with 1.2 million verified charities to choose from, finding the right one and donating is tremendously easy.

The arts have been important to me throughout my career. Americans for the Arts has championed the cause of the arts for more than 50 years, and I am proud to stand alongside them, especially in tough times like these. I appreciate Capital One’s partnership with me to advance the arts, and I appreciate knowing that people like everyone of you reading this blog are out there. I know you care, as I do, and I know that you are also committed to doing what you can to help ensure that the arts and arts education not only survive but thrive.

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