FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Freeport Art Museum has announced that an anonymous donor has promised to give $5,000 to the Freeport Art Museum if matched. Every gift the community makes to this urgent appeal – up to $5,000 – will be matched dollar for dollar by the anonymous donor. However, the Freeport Art Museum will only receive this generous gift if they are able to match the $5,000 by June 30.
The Freeport Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. This means that FAM receives absolutely no direct tax support of any kind. FAM’s day to day operating expenses are procured through art classes, fundraising events, and individual donations rather than from your direct tax dollars. Unfortunately, art classes and fundraising events are the very sources that are in the most jeopardy at this time. For instance, the social distancing measures implemented and stay-at-home order by Governor Pritzker, have forced FAM to cancel spring break art camps, homeschool art classes, and adult art classes until it is safe to proceed. Furthermore, the government’s restrictions have made immediate fundraising events impossible for the foreseeable future.
With these two crucial funding sources in limbo, the Freeport Art Museum if focused on raising the funds to unlock the $5,000 gift – the most needed and immediate way that the community can support the museum’s day-to-day operations.