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 Board President, David Francis
Dear Friends of Folkmoot:
A little over a year ago, Folkmoot’s founding Music Director Flora Gammon was working in one of the Friendship Center’s unheated classrooms when she made an offhand remark that would spark a potentially transformative project.
“I hope,” she said, “that I can help keep Folkmoot warm over the winter.”
Flora, 71, passed away in March after a long battle with cancer, but her memory will live on in the form of a substantial cash gift made to Folkmoot intended specifically for much-needed HVAC work.
Folkmoot is at a critical juncture – any organization must, after 35 years, continue to grow with the times
and as you know, we’ve become more than just a festival over the last four years. Folkmoot has evolved
into a robust, year-round endeavor that fosters cultural exchange and is also rapidly emerging as the arts
and culture hub of Haywood County.
Central to this transition is our 40,000 square-foot facility, which gives us the flexibility to host all who
align with our mission, to the great benefit of the region. From the Southern Storytellers series to the
International Dinners, hosting artist studios and even Cultural Conversations workshops, Folkmoot’s
financial sustainability is largely dependent on efficient utilization of the Friendship Center.
Flora’s gift goes a long way in allowing us to keep the building useful longer, but it’s only about one-third
of what’s needed to complete the $250,000 HVAC project.
Please consider making a contribution to Folkmoot this holiday season and help to make Folkmoot a
year-round, educational, creative, social and cultural resource center for Western North Carolina.
Angeline Schwab, Executive Director
angie (at) folkmoot.org
David Francis, Board 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.