At its July meeting, AKCHO Board members focused on efforts to support Proposition One (“Access for All”) in the weeks leading up to the August 1 primary. Board members were unanimous in endorsing the measure earlier this year and now are asking all AKCHO members to join in actively supporting the passage of this .1% county-wide sales tax on non–essential items.
If approved by voters, Access for All would fund non-profit heritage, arts, and science organizations to increase cultural equity and access programs over a 7-year period. The tax would be expected to produce approximately $68,000,000 in 2018, and funding would be distributed by 4Culture. Of special interest to many AKCHO members, $4.5 million would be set aside to fund “community heritage organizations” in King County council districts that currently have no Regional Cultural Organization (organizations that have annual revenues over $1,250,000 and annual attendance over 50,000).
In other business, Board members considered funding options for operating expenses for the second half of 2017 and beyond. Among the suggestions raised were an auction (either held online or at one of AKCHO’s annual events), an increase in membership dues, and/or a more robust effort in soliciting grants and donations. Decisions on these options will be announced in the fall. The Board welcomes feedback from AKCHO members – please direct comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, there are a couple of open seats on the Board and current Board members discussed recruitment efforts and the particular demographic, geographic and skill set objectives they hope to meet in filling the positions. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, Alice Stenstrom is overseeing Board recruitment. Contact her at email@example.com