Minnesota arts groups are losing their greatest generation of donors

  • Article by: Kristin Tillotson
  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Twin Cities arts groups adjust to reality of fewer big patrons.

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DufferHDec. 14, 1311:32 PM

Considering the photograph and their prominence in the article, the Cowles' past majority ownership of the StarTribune should have been mentioned.

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chuzeusDec. 15, 13 1:45 AM

"Considering the photograph and their prominence in the article, the Cowles' past majority ownership of the StarTribune should have been mentioned." ********* You are absolutely correct, but I would still like to thank them for their support of the arts!

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jplamp9Dec. 15, 13 4:08 AM

It's a new demographic of donors today than 30 years ago. Many younger and diverse donors believe vital services like soup kitchens and homeless shelters should receive funds first. Combine that with fewer ticket sales, less government aid and that most arts groups rely on private donations for 40% of their income there are serious challenges to survive.

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clnorthDec. 15, 13 8:10 AM

Look at Mark Dayton. He is worth millions and only gave $1,000 to charity last year. It is nice he can be liberal with other people's money.

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cashncareyDec. 15, 1310:09 AM

The Dayton's still have plenty of money. The arts organizations should lobby Mark for part of his charitable donations. If they just got 1/2 of his donation each year, that would be an extra $500 due to his generous nature.

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jpcooperDec. 15, 1310:28 AM

With fewer patrons willing to give enormous sums, arts groups must invest more resources to reach greater numbers of smaller givers. They must

Raise your ticket prices to meet your budgets! lets your audience deem if your product is worth the price of admission!

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WaterBunkerDec. 15, 1310:46 AM

These very generous people(Cowles, Daytons...not Mark...Cargills, etc.) also give very freely to other causes that help the poor. They are part of that rich, wealthy group so vilified by so many posters.

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usafan1Dec. 15, 1310:57 AM

Unfortunately, I fear that many entrepreneurs and business owners will quietly close their wallets to the Arts in response to the "tax the rich" agenda in Minnesota. Its a subtle way to express their frustration with the current climate and redirect funds to organizations more aligned with their personal beliefs.

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supervon2Dec. 15, 1311:24 AM

I used to contribute to the arts. Far more than Dayton! But when I found out that my tax dollars are routed to a DFL controlled dole system and my deductions for the first 2K don't count I quit. Period. Never again.

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forpeopleDec. 15, 1312:07 PM

Contributing to the arts seems like something the elites do to show off. I contribute my money to those with real basic needs -- needs for food, shelter, medical care, safety, etc. That's who I am and what I believe.

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