Support Heralds Success for Next 50 Years
Lawrence J. Hill
USITT @ 50 Chair
The outpouring of support for the Institute's financial well being over the past five years deserves heartfelt recognition. There have been specific gifts in support of unique needs of the Institute as well as generous support for the Edward F. Kook Fund, the Samuel Scripps International Activities Fund, the New Century Fund, and the USITT Fund. These funds make it possible to give awards to students, finance research, support international activities, and keep the Institute strong.
It will be mid-summer before a final report shows the exact amount of support the Institute has achieved -- that is when the year of celebration ends and the next 50 years begin. For now, it is important to note that through January 20, 2010, the five-year fundraising campaign has realized more than $531,134 in direct and estate gifts augmented by the 50 percent in matching funds provided by USITT.
For those attending the 50th Annual Conference & Stage Expo, information on development and forms for making a donation will be available as part of the USITT booth at Stage Expo. Stop by to learn more or have a discussion about any philanthropic ideas or ways of giving to the Institute.
For five years, the Institute has promoted one leg of philanthropy in USITT -- treasure. Many members provide legendary amounts of talent and time that become a huge magnifier of treasure. The one constant in the life of USITT is the volunteer. We gratefully acknowledge the treasure of all those who continually provide talent and time in support of a Section, Commission, Conference, Committee, and the Institute. These contributions are recognized as a major source of the success of USITT.
A special note of thanks for three members from the National Office for their generous suggestions and support in this fundraising endeavor on behalf of USITT: Carol Carrigan, Michelle Smith, and Barbara Lucas.