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During times of great change, culture helps keep us centered


As a very eventful 2016 draws to a close, I encourage members of our community to consider culture — and the Oregon Cultural Trust — for their end-of-year giving.

COURTESY PHOTO - Carole Morse

During times of great change, culture helps keep us centered. Regardless of what is happening in the world, we have our culture — our music, our books and our heritage — to bring us together.

Here in Oregon, we also have the unique opportunity to receive a tax credit when we support culture. Just make a donation to one of 1,400-plus qualified cultural groups across the state, then match it with a gift to the Cultural Trust. Come tax time, you'll receive a tax credit for your donation to the Cultural Trust.

You double the impact of your donation for free. No other state in the union rewards its citizens for investing in culture.

This year, donations to the Cultural Trust had a direct impact on our community's livability and economy. A total of 149 grants totaling $2.9 million were awarded to Oregon's cultural nonprofits, including close to $750,000 to more than 50 Portland-area organizations including Bag&Baggage Productions, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Chamber Music Northwest, Ethos, Restore Oregon, Japanese Garden, Kukatonon Children's African Dance Troupe, Literary Arts, Oregon Public Broadcasting, PHAME, Portland Center Stage, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Wisdom of the Elders Inc. and many more.

The Cultural Trust envisions an Oregon that champions and invests in creative expression and cultural exchange, driving innovation and opportunity for all. Our mission is to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture as an integral part of communities.

Please help us protect Oregon's famous quality of life by supporting local cultural groups and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Carole Morse of Portland is chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust Board of Directors and retired president of the Portland General Electric Foundation. Website: culturaltrust.org. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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