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.
There are so many ways friends, groups, businesses and organizations can help Folkmoot in its mission to celebrate culture and embrace diversity. There are several areas of giving to ensure the future of Folkmoot and its critical role in leading cultural education: Learn more about Friends of Folkmoot, Folkmoot Border Foundation, and the Campaign for Historic Hazelwood School.
Recent Accomplishments with Historic Hazelwood School Renovations
With the help of the Haywood County Sheriff’s office, Folkmoot works with inmates who wish to do public service and who want on-the-job experience. These crews have accomplished painting, patching and repair work at the Center.
Folkmoot donors have supported the costs of repairs including re-roofing building A, replacing broken windows and inoperable toilets, fixing damaged pipes and replacing water damaged ceiling tiles, and painting and re-plastering classrooms.
The Cafeteria and commercial kitchen spaces have undergone several upgrades, including the purchase of a new dishwasher, refrigerators, pots and pans, and tableware. These upgrades have made the kitchen compliant with commercial standards that allow Folkmoot to rent the kitchen to food trucks and caterers.
Through a generous donation from Rolf Kaufman, Folkmoot added a deck on the back of the center for group and community hospitality.
Gas lines were installed to provide heating and cooling options for the Queen Auditorium and Multipurpose Room. This improvement lowered Folkmoot’s heating and cooling bills by thousands of dollars each year.
Floors have been refurbished throughout much of the building. With the help of Eagle Scout, Stephen Wenzel, Folkmoot added ADA ramps in the front and back doors of Building B. This improvement makes Folkmoot more accessible to the community.
With help of Haywood Community College landscaping students, Folkmoot has improved the grounds around the building. With the assistance of NC State students, Folkmoot added a large globe pendent at the front entrance of the building.
The Mountain Heritage Center has partnered to develop educational niches in the Queen Auditorium. With assistance from donors, Folkmoot added a mezzanine and improved electrical in this public space.
All of these improvements helped to make the Center available to community groups more than 30 times in the last two years.
The Folkmoot Border Foundation, named for Folkmoot’s founder, Dr. Clinton Border, provides long-term support for Folkmoot USA. Only the annual income is spent from this fund, providing Folkmoot USA with about $20,000 per year of its current budget of $600,000 per year. We are seeking at least $100,000 annually to grow this endowment fund, which will, in turn, help maintain a more robust schedule of community activities and Folkmoot USA programming at the Historic Hazelwood School. Interested in contributing appreciated stocks? The Foundation is able to accept security transfers, c/o Edward Jones, DTC #0057, Account #4491881613, 385 N Haywood Street, Ste 2, Waynesville, NC 28786. Please contact Folkmoot Executive Director, Angeline Schwab with your questions or ideas for your donations, 828-452-2997, x100.
Folkmoot sponsors are the financial backbone of all festival and year-round events. With benefits packages starting at $150 and up to $20,000 for financial and in-kind support, there are opportunities for all levels of businesses to receive community recognition. Please call Executive Director, Angeline Schwab to make an appointment to discuss your desired level of support. Please find Folkmoot sponsorship information below.
Folkmoot produces an annual magazine we call the “commemorative guidebook” highlighting the Folkmoot festival, our international dancers and musicians, year-round programs and our organizations’s rich history as NC’s International Folk Festival. In 2019, Folkmoot will print 7,500 copies of the magazine and give them away at festival events and at locations throughout Western North Carolina. Commemorative guidebook advertising is a great investment that will attract Folkmoot audiences to your business. Please download the form below to learn more and select your ad size or call Executive Director, Angeline Schwab, 828.452.2997, 100 to reserve your space.