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John Tess Matches Donations to Oregon Culture Made Before June 30

Dear friends,

As a board member of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition for nearly 10 years, I have seen how the Coalition’s dedication to our future has made a difference in protecting funding and reinvesting in culture and preservation in Oregon.

Right now we need your help. Our Coalition is working for passage of critical legislation and increased funding. Funding for arts and culture is precarious in the best of circumstances and we know some would eliminate our funding entirely if given the chance. I feel so strongly about the importance of our work, right now, that I will match the first $1,000 in new or increased membership donations received through June 30, 2015.

Until this session closes, we will have funding and policy issues at stake. Legislation we are supporting will significantly strengthen culture in Oregon and legislation we oppose could have long-term devastating effects.

  • SUPPORT – SB 441 Increases arts and culture grants to nonprofits, allows for greater investment return and adds much needed Trust staff
  • SUPPORT – HB 2962 Designates Cultural Trust as exclusively for arts & culture purposes
  • SUPPORT – HB 3526 Creates and funds Oregon Main Street Revitalization grant program
  • SUPPORT – HB 5525, HB 5528, HB 5502, HB 5030 Funds a range of cultural activities and agencies
  • OPPOSE – HB 2137 Taxes art valued above $250,000 (including art sold or temporarily stored in Oregon)

Our Coalition is entirely member-funded and cannot advocate effectively without our support. I have seen firsthand how important effective advocacy is in our state legislature–to protect the Oregon Cultural Trust, preserve Historic Preservation incentives, defend Oregon’s landmark percent for art program and the Oregon Arts Commission. This work is vital to all of us. I hope you will take advantage of my offer to match the first $1,000 in new or increased membership donations received through the end of this month. Join us, support our work, become a member of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and protect our future.

John Tess
President, Heritage Consulting Group
Board Member, Cultural Advocacy Coalition
Trustee, Oregon Cultural Trust

PS. Building our coalition to advocate on behalf of the cultural community is so important that I have committed to match the first $1,000 in new and increased membership gifts received before June 30, 2015. Take advantage of my offer to match your gift, and help us protect arts and culture–and finish the session strong!

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