Massachusetts Organizations to Receive Boost from Voluntary Contributions

BOSTON- Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announced his support to bring additional funding to Massachusetts arts and culture (A&C) organizations, a key component of the travel and tourism industry, the third largest revenue generator in the Commonwealth.

“Currently, about $1 million per year is contributed to the funds currently listed on the Massachusetts tax return,” stated Senator Moore. “Allowing arts and culture organization to take part in voluntary contributions, we are ensuring continued growth for the vital travel and tourism sector.”

An Act Encouraging Cultural Council Funding taps into an underused section of the Massachusetts personal income tax return that allows for voluntary contributions to various charitable funds by adding the Massachusetts Cultural Development Fund (MCDF) to the list of donation options. The unique aspect of this act is that the contributions will be accounted for by city and town and granted back dollar-for-dollar to A&C organizations through local cultural councils by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Auburn Cultural Council distributes about $4,000 a year in grants to local organizations.  For fiscal 2014, the ACC has a budget of $4,382 in grant monies available.  In the past, the Auburn Cultural Council has funded programs such as the Tanglewood Marionettes at Pakachoag Church, a falconry demonstration at the Auburn Public Library, assemblies in the elementary schools and outdoor summer concerts.