News

Up to the minute news on arts and business partnerships.

RSS

Edward Jones Donates Over $766K to Support Arts and Arts Education in St. Louis

Posted by Patrick O'Herron
0 Comments

The Arts and Education Council (A&E), the St. Louis region’s United Arts Fund, recently announced that Edward Jones has donated more than $766,700 this year in support of arts and arts education organizations throughout the 16-county, bi-state area. The majority of the funds were raised through Workplace Giving Campaigns at Edward Jones’ corporate headquarters and 371 branch locations.

 

“Giving back to the community where we live and work is important to our firm,” said Jim Weddle, Edward Jones managing partner. “Because we believe the arts are essential to the quality of life in our community, we are proud to have supported the Arts and Education Council for 20 years through our Workplace Giving Campaign, helping to ensure that our St. Louis arts organizations stay strong and vibrant.”

 

Edward Jones has consistently conducted A&E’s largest Workplace Giving Campaigns; this year’s effort resulted in a record high associate participation rate of 75 percent.  A long-time supporter of the St. Louis arts community, Edward Jones has donated more than $6 million to the Arts and Education Council since 1978 with nearly $4 million coming from its workplace giving efforts.  With this extraordinary philanthropic history, it’s fitting that Edward Jones partners and associates will be honored as “Corporate Champions of the Arts” at A&E’s 2014 St. Louis Arts Awards, Jan. 20, 2014.

 

“Edward Jones associates and principals recognize that arts and arts education enhance a region’s economic environment and greatly enrich lives,” said Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council. “By enthusiastically supporting the Arts and Education Council, our region’s United Arts Fund umbrella organization, Edward Jones helps ensure the area’s legacy of artistic excellence and provides greater opportunities for everyone in our community to experience art and culture.”

 

Since its founding in 1963, the Arts and Education Council  has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding to arts and arts education organizations throughout the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region.  A&E grants help provide millions of experiences in music, theater, dance, film, literary arts, visual arts and outreach programs for children and adults living in urban, suburban and rural areas. Many A&E-supported programs operate in underserved communities and serve at-risk youth. 

 

Revenue generated from Workplace Giving Campaigns accounts for one-third of A&E’s budget and annually supports nearly 70 arts organizations of all sizes, disciplines and demographics, including established institutions such as the St. Louis Symphony, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the Sheldon Arts Foundation, as well as community-based groups such as Metro Theater Company, African Musical Arts and Springboard. The Arts and Education Council also partners with local corporations in named grant opportunities that provide specific funding.  These partnerships include the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers, the Boeing Arts and Education Collaborative Grant Program, the Monsanto Rural Community Arts Education Program and the PNC Foundation Project Grant Program.

 

*This article was originally posted at KeepArtHappening.org.

Related
Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

More News

Swatch Makes Time for NYC's Water Tank Project
Aug 26, 2014 0 Comments
New York City’s iconic skyline will soon be receiving an artistic makeover as many of its water tanks become the canvases of prestigious visual artists like Jeff Koons and John Baldessari.  The Water Tank Project, launched in...
Go to full post
Forbes Recognizes the BCA 10 as Top Innovators
Aug 26, 2014 0 Comments
The September 8, 2014 issue of Forbes Magazine not only announces the world’s 100 most innovative companies, it also includes a full-page ad celebrating our 2014 BCA 10 honorees! (See p.115.) Forbes recognizes that the best businesses...
Go to full post
Is Corporate Art the New Office Supply?
Aug 19, 2014 0 Comments
(Image courtesy of BBC.com; Getty Images.)   Many of our past BCA 10 honorees boast robust art collections—notable mentions include this year’s honorees Hallmark Cards, Inc., which has one of the earliest and most extensive...
Go to full post
Dentist Uses Art to Make An Impression
Aug 12, 2014 0 Comments
What insight does a dentist have to offer on the importance of the arts? Plenty, it turns out.   Recently, Dr. Neal Fleisher, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Director of Pre-doctoral...
Go to full post
Arts and Business Sharing Brooklyn
Aug 04, 2014 0 Comments
It is no surprise that the arts bring life to neighborhoods and communities throughout the city and the businesses in Brooklyn’s new up-and-coming Downtown Cultural District are beginning to use it to their advantage. Located...
Go to full post
Under Armour Recognizes the Brand-Enhancing Power of Dance
Aug 01, 2014 0 Comments
Athleticwear brand Under Armour has partnered with American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland on a new commercial. The ad was released in conjunction with the brand's new website, I Will What I Want, which "celebrates the...
Go to full post
Budweiser is MADE for Music
Jul 31, 2014 0 Comments
(Image courtesy of PRNewswire.com.)   Budweiser, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, unveiled its 2014 MADE for Music campaign earlier this week. MADE for Music brings together millions of music fans from around the world, celebrating...
Go to full post
Volunteer Opportunities Help Employers Attract Talent, Report Says
Jul 25, 2014 0 Comments
Attracting young talent to a company may be linked to the company’s opportunities for workplace giving and volunteerism. A recent article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy cites the results of the 2014 Millennial Impact Report...
Go to full post
WEBINAR: Sports and the Arts – pARTnerships Where You Don’t Expect It
Jul 22, 2014 0 Comments
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (ET) The arts have always had the power to excite people, but how can we tap into the arena of avid sports spectators to increase that energy even more? Partnerships can happen...
Go to full post
Toyota’s “Dream Car of the Day” Initiative Brings Children, Cars and Creativity Together
Jul 21, 2014 0 Comments
For the 8th year of Toyota’s annual Dream Car Art Contest – one of the largest global art contests for children – the company is taking things to the next level. Since 2004, Toyota has invited children from around the world to...
Go to full post
pARTnerships not to be Missed on ARTSblog this week!
Jul 18, 2014 0 Comments
Whew—what a week it’s been! In case you missed it, we’ve been hosting a blog salon on ARTSblog this week, dedicated to showcasing unique arts and business partnerships. These partnerships are helping businesses engage their employees...
Go to full post
Business pARTnerships Blog Salon on ARTSblog
Jul 14, 2014 0 Comments
Interested in forging arts and business partnerships in your area but unsure of where to begin? Learn from those who are already doing it well in this week's ARTSblog salon, July 14–18. The blog salon will highlight successful...
Go to full post
Wearing MoMA, By UNIQLO
Jul 11, 2014 0 Comments
If you have found yourself on Fifth Avenue recently, you may have noticed a large “SPRZ NY” advertisement accenting the window of UNIQLO’s flagship store on the corner of 53rd Street. You may have also turned that corner and...
Go to full post
Ameren Employees Raise Over $109,000 for the Arts in St. Louis
Jul 09, 2014 0 Comments
Employees of Ameren Corporation – a holding company for several power and energy companies in the St. Louis region – have raised an impressive sum of $109,000 for the Arts and Education (A&E) Council of St. Louis this year. Since...
Go to full post

Get our Business Newsletter

your email

We protect your info. See our privacy statement.

Arts Tweets

Already a partner?

Already a partner?

Learn some easy ways to take your partnership to a new level.

Use our ads locally

Use our ads locally

View the pARTnership Movement ad campaign and see how you can use them.

pARTnership videos

pARTnership videos

Watch and share our videos from The pARTnership Movement.

Partnership ideas

Partnership ideas

Inspire employees with tickets to the ballet or a concert.

Are you an arts group?

Are you an arts group?

Get listed in our searchable directory.

Recruit talent

Recruit talent

Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community.