We are excited to announce The Everson. First and Forever., the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the institution’s 120-year history. Under the leadership of Elizabeth Dunbar, the Museum is enjoying a renaissance. Reinvigorated with dynamic and meaningful outreach programs, the Everson has once again become the vibrant center of an historically underserved urban neighborhood, which, much like the Museum itself, is now enjoying a long-anticipated renewal. As Everson Trustees and Co-Chairs for this campaign, we are keenly aware of the institution’s immense cultural and educational potential. The Everson. First and Forever. campaign will establish a strong fiscal foundation that will enable us to better connect with the community, promote demographic and artistic diversity, and inspire curiosity, discussion, and lifelong learning.
The Everson has always played a vital role in the culture and community of Syracuse. The building is a world-class architectural statement, a work of art to house works of art. Today we look toward the future, one that reflects the promise of the Everson’s early days when art and architecture melded seamlessly with culture and community. The Museum will expand its influence as the city’s creative heart and platform for inspiring and engendering new ideas, because approachable and meaningful art can have a profound impact on individuals as well as the community. By implementing new and innovative educational programs and hosting topical, thought-provoking artists and exhibitions, we will engage and enlighten our members and neighbors, attract new and diverse visitors, and spark conversation throughout the region and the nation.
MICHAEL P. FALCONE & JESSICA DANIAL
The Everson. First and Forever. Campaign Co-Chairs
"The Everson. First and Forever. campaign will enable us to build a strong, vibrant, and sustainable future for the arts in Syracuse. We sincerely hope you will join us in this most exciting and worthy endeavor."
A Museum with a World-Class Collection
While the Everson’s ceramics collection is internationally recognized by artists, collectors, and scholars, our regional audience is not always as aware of our significance.
To generate greater attention and pride, we will create a world-class Ceramics Center fully equipped with a public research lab, storage, library, and archive led by a full-time Ceramics Curator.
A Work of Art to House Art
Over time, our 60,000 square foot I.M. Pei-designed treasure has aged due to climate and use. Although still a destination for art and architecture lovers, the building needs repairs and improvements to restore its glory and match the exceptional offerings within. We aim to reclaim the Everson as a source of civic pride, while simultaneously creating a safe and welcoming space that serves the needs of a 21st century audience
When it opened in 1968, the Everson was dubbed a work of art to house art. And like all artworks, it requires ongoing care and maintenance to ensure its longevity.
A Museum with a Vision
Well-known for our courageous commitment to emerging and under-recognized artists, the Everson has proudly helped launch many artists’ careers and provided generous community access to their thought-provoking works.
The Everson’s ambitions, however, far exceed its very modest exhibition budget and we are in need of augmented funding.
A Museum for All
We, at the Everson, believe everyone should have equal and meaningful access to art, and that art can be a powerful tool for engendering civic discourse, strengthening community, and influencing economic prosperity.
The Everson proactively engages diverse groups through a robust agenda of accessible educational and public programs. Record participation suggests there is existing demand for more programming.
The Cultural Engine of Downtown Syracuse
The Everson was the crown jewel of downtown Syracuse when unveiled in 1968. Today, it is the cultural anchor for a rebounding urban core.
As a principal player in area investment and revitalization efforts, an increased endowment would make the Everson an even greater contributor to our region’s resurgence.
|Director & CEO||$3m||Perpetuity|
|Curator of Art & Programs||$1m||30|
|Curator of Education||$1m||30|
|Curator of Ceramics (New Position) – (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)||$1m||30|
|Tree of 40 Fruit Planter||$150k||15|
|Exterior Sculpture Alcove||$100k||15|
|Second Floor Bridges – (2 AVAILABLE)||$100k each||15|
|Auditorium Gallery (Gallery E)||$100k||15|
|Auditorium Backstage Dressing Rooms – (2 AVAILABLE)||$50k each||15|
|Auditorium Box Seats – (4 AVAILABLE)||$25K each||15|
|Ceramics Gallery – (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)|
|Ceramics Storage & Research Lab||$1m||30|
|Ceramics Library & Resource Center||$500k||30|
|Education Center – (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)|
|Community Gallery on Lower Level||$150K||15|
|Small Gallery on Main Level
WAYS OF GIVING
GIFTS OF CASH
Support through cash and/or check shall be accepted regardless of their amount. All checks shall be made payable to the Everson Museum of Art. Any checks made payable to an employee, agent or volunteer of the organization will not be accepted as a gift to the organization.
GIFTS OF PUBLICLY TRADED SECURITIES
All securities that are traded on the New York and American Stock Exchanges, the NASDAQ, and other major U.S. Exchanges shall be accepted. The value of a gift of regularly traded securities will be the mean of the high and low of the stock(s) or bond(s) on the day the transfer is effected by the donor to the organization.
GIFTS BY BEQUEST
Cash bequests represent an important potential source of gifts. Direct, unencumbered bequests provide the Everson the full value of the bequest and provides the testator’s estate with a charitable deduction for the same value. Attempts shall be made to discover bequest plans whenever possible in order to determine whether inappropriate non-cash items have inadvertently been left to the organization so the donor can be advised how to conform his or her plans to the Everson’s policy.
There are four ways that a bequest can be made to the Everson:
1. A fixed amount of cash or securities or a percentage of the estate can be given.
2. In a residual bequest, after other beneficiaries receive a designated portion of the estate, the remainder of the estate is left to the Everson.
3. A contingent bequest can be made in which the Everson will receive a portion of the estate only if the named beneficiaries predecease the maker of the bequest. This form is often selected by those who must provide for younger family members.
4. A testamentary trust bequest creates a trust and the income or stated amount is paid to the beneficiaries. On their death, the Everson receives the use of the gift. This option may increase life income for beneficiaries, since it reduces the amount of the estate subject to estate taxes.
GIFTS BY CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUSTS
Charitable Remainder Trusts are separate legal entities, and their obligations are limited to their assets. Trusts file their own returns and make all payments from their assets and must have a federal trust number, making payments to beneficiaries under strictly hierarchical rules.
GIFTS BY LIFE INSURANCE
Life insurance may be given to the organization. The Everson encourages donors to name the organization to receive all or a portion of the benefits of life insurance policies that they have purchased on their lives. New or existing policies may be given outright or the organization can be named the owner and beneficiary of an existing policy.
The Everson will accept fully paid life insurance policies in which the donor has named the organization to receive all or a portion of the benefits of the insurance policy. The donor’s tax consequences hinge on whether the policy’s ownership has been endorsed over to the organization and whether the benefits have been irrevocably assigned to the Everson.
A donor who irrevocably transfers life insurance to the Everson can claim income tax deductions for the policy’s cost basis or cash surrender value, whichever is less. The donor can never claim an income tax deduction or the policy’s face value. Naming the Everson as the beneficiary on the policy is not sufficient to generate an income tax deduction for the donor because the donor can change the beneficiary at a later date. To be entitled to a deduction, the donor must make the organization both beneficiary and owner of the policy. Upon receiving a paid-up policy, the organization, as owner, can surrender it and obtain the cash value or keep the policy until the death of the donor.
DIRECT GIFTS FROM INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNT
Donors can transfer their Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) directly to the Everson to reduce that adjusted gross income. This is beneficial to IRA owners over 70.5 that do not itemize deductions, thereby allowing donors to take advantage of a charitable contribution.
What is the Everson’s annual operating budget?
The Everson’s annual operating budget fluctuates slightly from year to year depending on program grants, but is generally just under two million dollars.
What is the Everson’s current endowment size?
The Everson’s endowment is currently just over five million dollars, a very modest endowment for a museum of its size, scale, level of activity, and geographic location.
What is the total endowment growth goal of the campaign?
The Everson hopes to at least double its general operating endowment, with a goal of reaching twelve million dollars dedicated to the endowment.
How many exhibitions does the Everson offer each year?
The Everson presents approximately twenty to thirty changing exhibitions annually! That number is comprised of ten to twelve major exhibitions in addition to another ten to twelve smaller community shows or exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection. There is always something new to see!
Does the Everson have an acquisition fund and is the growth of that a part of this campaign?
The Everson has a small endowment dedicated to purchasing new art works for the collection. The growth of this fund is not a priority for this campaign but will be considered for future initiatives.
Does the Everson receive government funding?
The Everson annually applies for county, state, and federal funding through a competitive grants process. While never guaranteed, the Everson has consistently received county and state funding, which comprises between ten and fifteen percent of the museum’s annual budget.
Who will be a part of this campaign?
In addition to meeting the financial philanthropic goals, what other ways can I be involved with the Everson?
The Everson relies on the talent and dedication of many volunteers to help it fulfill its mission and goals. The Everson is always looking for volunteers to help at the front desk, for the annual Festival of Trees, and to become docents. Time is a gift that is very much appreciated!
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