Woodruff Annual Corporate Campaign Surpasses $14 Million
Thursday, July 6th, 2017
The Woodruff Arts Center’s Annual Corporate Campaign raised $14.3 million in the 2016/17 fiscal year thanks to the generosity of more than 350 Atlanta companies, the largest number of corporations ever to support the Campaign in a single year.
The Campaign, chaired by Martin Flanagan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Invesco, is the largest component of the more than $30 million raised each year by the Woodruff Arts Center and its arts partners – the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art – to support the Center’s award-winning art and education work. Annual Corporate Campaign funds support the shared services provided across campus, including finance and treasury operations, facility management, security, human resources and information technology.
“We are deeply appreciative of the strong support for the Arts Center demonstrated by such a high number of participating companies,” said Mr. Flanagan. “This level of generosity and commitment contributes to a thriving arts community in Atlanta, further enhancing its reputation as one of the country’s most attractive places to live and work.”
“We are grateful for such broad-based support for the Arts Center and what that says about the importance of the arts and the institution to the Atlanta community,” said Phil Jacobs, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center. “We are extraordinarily appreciative of Marty Flanagan’s leadership of the Campaign and the work of more than 75 dedicated Campaign volunteers.”
Leading contributors to this year’s Campaign included eight companies that each donated more than $500,000: Bank of America, Chick-fil-A, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power Company, The Home Depot Foundation, Invesco, SunTrust Foundation and Wells Fargo.
The Employees for the Arts (EFA) program also achieved great success in this Campaign, with 43 companies taking part to raise more than $900,000. Through EFA programs, individual employee contributions are recognized collectively with their company donations, enhancing each company’s philanthropic efforts in the community.
“Throughout our history, the artists and educators of the Woodruff Arts Center have enjoyed strong support from Atlanta’s corporations, year after year,” said Virginia Hepner, President and Chief Executive Officer. “That support is more important now than ever before as all arts organizations face the threat of budget cuts from public funding sources.”
The Annual Corporate Campaign was led by a cabinet that included Wendy Stewart, Bank of America; John Stephenson, Chick-fil-A; Stuart Kronauge, The Coca-Cola Company; Jill Campbell, Cox Enterprises; Jeff Paul, Deloitte; Paul Jacobson, Delta Air Lines; Mike Orr, Genuine Parts; Paul Gaffney, The Home Depot; Loren Starr, Invesco; Jim Hannan, Koch Enterprises; John Yates, Morris, Manning & Martin; and Kent Moegerle, SunTrust.
Since 2012, donations to the Annual Corporate Campaign have grown from $9 million to more than $14 million. During that same time period, the Arts Center successfully completed its Transformation Campaign, raising $112 million to increase endowments and support a variety of initiatives across the campus, including the first-ever renovation of the Alliance Theatre’s main stage space.