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ArtsOC Alerts Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to Threats to NEA Budget & Tax Deductions for Charitable Contributions to the Arts


Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (47th District-Santa Ana/Anaheim/Garden Grove/Fullerton), above center, invited Arts Orange County Executive Director Rick Stein and Deputy Director Pat Wayne to brief her last week on the status of arts education in her district.  Among the encouraging news was the fact that Santa Ana Unified School District's new superintendent Dr. Thelma Melendez is supporting its arts plan.


Congresswoman Sanchez expressed pride that Anaheim's Chance Theatre had received its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts recently.  But she was dismayed to learn from ArtsOC that the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Interior Subcommittee had just voted to cut the NEA budget for 2013.


ArtsOC also conveyed to the Congresswoman the arts community's growing alarm over reports that some in Congress are specifically targeting contributions to the arts for elimination from charitable tax deductions. 


Ms. Sanchez was adamant about the vital role that philanthropy has played in creating and sustaining Orange County's arts community and expressed her support for continuing to facilitate that through the charitable tax deduction.


ArtsOC encourages its constituents to contact their U.S. Representatives now to reject the NEA funding cuts.

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Arts Orange County held a "wrap" party for the volunteers of its partner organization El Centro Cultural de Mexico who helped make its inaugural "Día del Niño" event in Santa Ana's Birch Park in April such a success.  From left to right, Ben Vasquez of El Centro, ArtsOC's "Día del Niño" Project Coordinator Sara Guerrero, ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein and El Centro's Carolina Sarmiento.  The 2013 event will take place on Sunday, April 28, made possible through a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.





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Growth & Trends in OC's Nonprofit Sector Detailed in New Report

The Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at California State University, Fullerton and OneOC have released a report exploring growth and trends in Orange County's nonprofit sector. The new report documents $8.2 billion in total revenues and $16.5 billion in assets reported by 3,181 nonprofits (including 245 arts organizations) for the year 2010, and the growth those numbers represent since the Center's last report for the year 2000.  Find more information in the report.

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