From Martha Sielman:
In this year's annual appeal letter, I'm asking you for two things: a statement about why you're passionate about SAQA and a donation. We'd like to hear from you about what SAQA means to you. Your statements will become part of a new design for the website that we're beginning to work on, to help explain to others why this is such a wonderful organization.
Why are we asking for a donation?
Because it takes almost exactly $400,000 to run SAQA's programs each year (not counting conferences). Membership dues cover 41%, the Benefit Auction covers 13%, and book sales, jury fees, exhibit rentals cover another 23%. The rest comes from you, from your generous donations to our annual appeals.
SAQA runs on people power - your power. You volunteer, you create pieces for the Auction, you attend regional events, you write articles for the Journal, you enter your artwork in our exhibits and Portfolios.
And we also need you to donate each year. It doesn't have to be a lot. If everyone sent in just $20, we could raise $60,000 for this appeal. If you are able to give more, then we can start work on some of the new initiatives that we'd like to pursue, such as more support for regional exhibition opportunities, more educational programs, and more outreach to curators and gallery owners.
You can save SAQA money and help support SAQA's exhibition and publications programs by making your donation online now before your letter is mailed out: www.saqa.com/store.php?cat=13
Please write "Annual Appeal" in the Instructions field and include a short sentence about why you are passionate about SAQA.
Thank you for your support!