for supporting the arts...are similar to most American cities," the total amount they give is smaller. But Row also notes that Portland's many small and mid-sized businesses are likely to give in other ways, such as in-kind donations, which aren't captured by many statistics.
And the Oregon Cultural Trust remains a shining example of Oregonians' commitment to the arts, as reported by the Oregonian editorial board Sunday, February 28. The Trust offers Oregon taxpayers a tax credit for the full amount of their donation, and since its foundation in 2001, the Trust has seen donations increase every year except 2008. In 2009, the Trust reported a 10% increase - nearly one-quarter of those gifts were from first-time donors.
The Trust has so far distributed $8 million to Oregon arts and culture organizations, supporting groups like the Library Foundation of Newberg Oregon, Ballet Rogue in Medford, and the Pendleton Round-Up.
Continuing to support arts and culture organizations across Oregon, the editorial board writes, our giving "expands what it means to participate in the arts."