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Ruth Eckerd Hall/Performing Arts Center Foundation Inc.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation designed Ruth Eckerd Hall
and Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1983,
successfully serving the Clearwater/Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg metropolitan
area for over 20 years. With an annual budget of $15 million, the full-time
staff of 50+ produce over 420 events a year, attracting over 450,000 people,
including over 200,000 young people and adults served by the educational program.
The estimated cost was over $20 million. The Center hired a well-known national fundraising firm that, after conducting a fundraising feasibility study, advised the boards they could raise only $6 million for capital purposes over the next 5 years.
2000-2001 capital campaign counsel. Halsey and Alice North were hired to strengthen the Center's ability to raise funds. They worked with Kathy Rabon and her staff to develop the campaign structure and strategies, prepare the case for support and other campaign materials, develop prospect lists, conduct prospect research interviews, and train volunteers to make effective fundraising calls. $14,108,024 came from the first 83 gifts. The Norths helped prepare successful requests for $5,000,000 from Eckerd Foundation and $1,000,000 from Kresge Foundation. The goal was increased to $28 million when costs were more than estimated. The expanded and renovated facility opened on October 29, 2003.
2005 endowment campaign feasibility study. Building on the success of the capital campaign, Kathy Rabon hired Halsey and Alice to conduct an endowment campaign feasibility study to test the possibility of raising endowment funds to support the ongoing operation of the organization.
2006 visioning. The Norths are working with the staff and board of Ruth Eckerd Hall to develop long term visioning for the organization in anticipation of the planned-for endowment campaign.