Fort Mill Times

Art Guild receives nonprofit status

Donations to the Fort Mill Art Guild are now officially tax deductible.

The guild received notification from the IRS that is was granted 501(c)3 status on Nov. 26. The status will apply retroactively to the guild's founding on Tuesday, Aug. 12, this year, so any donations received to date can be written off.

"It's amazing how fast it went through," guild founder Marcia Buike said. "It only took three weeks."

Despite the good news from the IRS, Buike said she also recently found out the guild will not receive a grant it applied for. Buike's goal is still to find a permanent home for the guild, which has held two meetings at the Spratt Building on Main Street in downtown Fort Mill this year. Fundraising is now the guild's top priority.

The guild is trying to raise $24,000 to lease a space on Main Street and so far, donors have pledged $7,110.

Despite the current economic crisis, Buike is hoping there are still individuals and businesses looking to make tax deductible donations before the end of the year.

She's also hoping more people will register with www.igive. com and select the guild as their cause of choice. Once someone registers with iGive and shops at affiliated online retailers through the "iGive mall," or with the igive toolbar, a percentage of every transaction is donated to the cause selected.

Buike also wants the guild to work with other arts guilds in the Carolinas on public outreach and education about the arts. Eventually, she plans to set up seminars, art classes and other events through the guild.

The guild's next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 13. It will meet the second Tuesday of each month. Carla Garrison, owner of Green Rice Gallery in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood, will be the guest speaker.

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