"Lose not courage, lose not faith, go forward."
Marcus Garvey, social activist
The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, with the support of over 120 Kickstarter backers, successfully completed the first of our online fundraising campaigns. The Festival received a total of $11,786 (not including those who mailed in checked or donated via Pal Pal.) These loyal backers gave throughout our 30-day “all or nothing” campaign.
Due to government grant budget cuts from city, county and state funders, we received a loss of over $20,000 from our previous government grants. We sought an easy and effective way of raising the funds. Our LACAC Administrative Intern, Carter Goffigon suggested that we use Kickstarter as a platform to raise the money we needed to continue providing the same amount of quality performances, as well as workshops and panels, for our milestone 20th Anniversary Festival that will take place March 21-24, 2012.
Even though there were times when we thought we might not make our goal, our many dedicated supporters came through in the end. They gave from their hearts, allowing us to surpass our goal.
Many thanks to those who gave to us in our time of need. We are truly blessed to have so many people that believe in our mission and who know that the Festival has played an important part in the Los Angeles arts community over the last 19 years.
For those who wanted to participate but could not for any reason, it is not too late. We still welcome and need you to give to the Festival, either by mailing in a check, or through PayPal. Please visit our website (www.lawtf.com) for more information on how to donate, as well as other ways to contribute to the Festival. We may also be starting up our second online fundraiser at a later date or host another type of fundraiser, so you will have more opportunities to give in the future.
Thank you for continuing to support the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival!