CONTRIBUTE TO CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
Contribute: There are so many ways friends, groups and organizations can help Folkmoot in its mission to celebrate culture and embrace diversity. “Time, talent and treasure” are always welcomed ways to support Folkmoot.
Sponsors: Sponsorships range from festival events to our Friendship Dinners held throughout the year. We can work with your budget and your goals to make your engagement with Folkmoot meaningful.
Volunteers: Whatever your calling, passion or time commitment, we have a place for you at Folkmoot. Gardening or painting, marketing or communications, fund-raising or friend-raising, we welcome you. You can be an occasional participant or be more involved; it’s up to you. But whatever you do for Folkmoot, just know it is important and appreciated.
Folkmoot Festival: When the world comes to western North Carolina each July, we seemingly do the impossible: In 2016, for example, we hosted nine international groups, three parades, two outdoor festivals, drove 5,000 miles in ten days, and served 1,200 meals each day of the festival. So, drivers, cooks, guides, greeters (and on and on and on) are all welcomed and needed. Additionally, paid support helps underwrite the huge costs of operating the festival. Corporate and media sponsorships and Friends of Folkmoot memberships are critical to our success.
Special Projects: There’s never a time when we’re not in festival mode and with Folkmoot’s commitment to more year-round programming and activities, our needs remain steady. Whether it’s a sound-proof curtain for the Sam Love Queen Auditorium or blankets and sheets for our performing troupes who stay at the Friendship Center, we are always looking for goods, services, and donations.
Campaign for Folkmoot: Three focused areas of giving ensure the future of Folkmoot and its critical role in leading cultural education, engagement, and celebration. They are the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Friendship Center, the enhancement of the Folkmoot Foundation, and the sustainability of year-round programming.
The following is a letter from our Executive Director, Angeline Schwab, and Friends of Folkmoot President, Clarence Dickson
Dear Friends of Folkmoot:
A Danish visitor stopped by the Folkmoot Friendship Center recently. He was wondering why a small North Carolina mountain town would have a “folkmoot,” a gathering of the people. He said folkmoots in Denmark were established to put a community’s needs above ideological beliefs, so that the people in the community were connected and cared for. He was impressed that we practice this tradition: one where friends, neighbors and families assemble in fellowship to share folk dance and cultural heritage. His visit was a refreshing reminder of why we do this work.
Folkmoot brings our community together. Both young and old look forward to the last two weeks in July – the opportunities to enjoy the diversity of many cultures and the coming together of one peaceful world in western North Carolina. The Festival is a source of pride as we marvel at the unique experience we have helped create as Friends of Folkmoot.
What do we need to continue this proud tradition? Your support.
Housing, feeding and transporting 250 dancers and musicians is an expensive proposition. Grants and government funding are scarce. Ticket sales are just not enough. Folkmoot needs your generous donation to bridge the gap. To adequately fund the Festival this year, we need the help of every Friend. While all contributions are much appreciated, I ask you to join me in becoming a Century Club member by making an annual contribution of $1,000.00, which is just $85.00 per month. Also, notice that you receive tickets to year-round programs at this level.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Folkmoot today. Folkmoot appreciates your past support and thanks to you for your continued investment in the Folkmoot community.
Angeline Schwab, Executive Director
angie (at) folkmoot.org
Clarence Dickson, Friends of Folkmoot President
Folkmoot USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are generally deductible minus the face value of tickets and cost of advertising. Please consult your attorney or accountant on how to best use or apply the deduction to which you are entitled by your gift.