While Michigan State University provides the basic space and utilities for the program as well as some core staff positions, the majority of the additional costs for developing and maintaining the on-going MTAP activities as well as special programs and projects must be raised through grants and donations. Many of the MTAP programs and activities have also been supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency which has provided leadership for the support of local, regional, and state and territory-level folklife programs and by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Support for other special projects and programs is made possible by interest from grants from other city, state, federal, university, corporate, foundation, and private sources as well as individual donations and expendable interest from endowments.
Endowments are very important to securing the work of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program into the future. Already we have several small endowments that generate modest expendable annual interest that is critical to our activities. Support for expand the existing endowments as well as add new named endowments can be given through IRA gifts (see below), Legacy Bequests, and through Endowment Commitments (a minimum of $50,000 given over a five-year period).
- Leave a Legacy. A planned gift to the Michigan Traditional Arts Program is one important and effective way you can help support our mission for generations to come. It’s possible to achieve your financial goals, provide for your family, and support organizations you care about. Everyone can benefit from estate planning. Please contact your financial advisor for details.
- Consider a Gift from Your IRAs. If you are age 70½ or older, you can donate up to $100,000 directly to the Michigan Traditional Arts Program from your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without it being counted as taxable income. The gift must come from your required minimum distribution. Your financial institution needs to issue the check directly to us, and the gift must be made by December 31 of the tax year. Contact your provider or visit their website to obtain a simple form to fill out.
- Payroll Deduction. MSU employees may contribute directly through payroll-deduction programs and through the MSU Capital Campaign program. Contributions may also be eligible for some employee corporate matching-gift programs.
- Become a Great Friend. Annual donations from individuals and business are also critical to our work.
Michigan State University is a 501(c) 3 organization and contributions to the Michigan Traditional Arts Program qualify for tax-deductible charitable contributions as well as recognition in Michigan State University’s gift honoraries.
For more information about supporting the activities of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program, contact Marsha MacDowell at (517) 353-5526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.