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Annual Corporate Campaign Achieves New Heights


Friday, June 17, 2016 10:00 AM
Woodruff Arts Center’s Annual Corporate Fundraising Campaign Achieves A New Record High of $14. 4 Million
Annual Initiative For Atlanta’s Largest Arts Institution Surpasses Previous Record High Set Last Year


Doug Hertz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center (L), Jim Hannan, CEO and President of Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Chair of this year's Annual Corporate Campaign (center), and Virginia Hepner, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, celebrate the completion of the 2015 -2016 Annual Corporate Campaign.

Atlanta, June 16, 2016 – The Woodruff Arts Center’s Annual Corporate Campaign raised $14.4 million in the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, the most ever contributed to the Campaign, with a record number of over 350 companies and foundations donating to the campaign.  The previous high was $13.6 million, raised last year. The Campaign, chaired by Jim Hannan, CEO and President of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, is a vital part of the more than $30 million raised annually by the Woodruff Arts Center and its arts partners – the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art.  A team of more than 75 volunteers worked in support of the Annual Corporate Campaign.

“The Woodruff Arts Center is so fortunate to have a long history of unmatched support from Atlanta’s corporate community,” said Doug Hertz, chairman of the Board of the Woodruff Arts Center.  “This support includes not only financial contributions, but a tremendous commitment of time and energy from people like Jim Hannan and his volunteer team.  We are incredibly grateful for all they have done to make this campaign a record-breaking success.”

Annual Corporate Campaign funds are used to efficiently provide shared services across the campus, including finance and treasury operations, facility management, security, human resources and information technology. This allows the artistic leadership to focus their significant talents on producing exceptional art and education programs.

Over the last five years, annual Corporate Campaign donations to the Arts Center have grown from $9 million in 2012 to this year’s $14.4 million.  This growth has come while the Woodruff Arts Center also has been conducting its $100 million Transformation Campaign, a separate effort designed to strengthen the endowments of the arts partners, renovate the Alliance Theatre and provide greater access to the arts for families.  To date, the Transformation Campaign has raised more than $95 million toward the $100 million goal.

The success of this year’s Annual Corporate Campaign is a tribute to the generosity of Atlanta’s corporate leadership and reflects their understanding that to be considered a great city, Atlanta must have a robust cultural community,” said Virginia Hepner, CEO and President of the Woodruff Arts Center.  “Jim Hannan and his  volunteer leadership, and the outstanding development team of the entire Woodruff Arts Center have done a tremendous job.  We cannot thank them enough for their exceptional service.” 

The Annual Corporate Campaign was led by a cabinet that included Paul Garcia, Global Payments (retired); Joe Thompson, SunTrust Bank; Mike Donnelly, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Carol Tomé, The Home Depot; Lisa Borders, WNBA; Alan Prince, King and Spalding; Mike Orr, Genuine Parts; Mike Sivewright, Jones Lang LaSalle; Chris Cummiskey, Georgia Power; Thad Ellis, Cousins Properties; Milford McGuirt, KPMG; and Jeff Dodge, Equifax.

Leading corporate donors to the campaign in 2015 – 2016 (with donations of more than $500,000) include Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, Georgia Power Company, The Home Depot Foundation, SunTrust and Wells Fargo.  In addition, this year’s campaign benefited from 63 new corporate donors who contributed nearly $650,000 in total.

In addition, over 40 corporations implemented Employees for the Arts (EFA) initiatives, encouraging individual employee contributions to the Arts Center’s campaign.    Through EFA programs, individual employee contributions are recognized collectively with their company donations, enhancing each company’s philanthropic efforts in the community.

About the Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast.  Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to over one million patrons, one of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus.  The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming through each of its arts partners.  Through their combined efforts, the Woodruff Arts Center serves over 200,000 students annually and is the largest arts educator in Georgia.  www.woodruffcenter.org