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COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts) To Pass the United Arts Fund Baton

Community Shares of Minnesota to Administer the Granting Program,

Beginning March 3, 2014.

St. Paul, Minn. (February 28, 2014)— COMPAS Executive Director Dawne Brown White and Matt Hunter, Executive Director of Community Shares of Minnesota, jointly announced today that the two non-profits are transitioning the duties of administering United Arts Fund monies in the Twin Cities from COMPAS to Community Shares of Minnesota.

Since 1954 Minnesotans have had the opportunity to conveniently support the arts through direct contributions or payroll deductions paid to the United Arts Fund. Over the past sixty years, employee donations from many Minnesota public and private sector employees have been collected on behalf of the United Arts Fund, with donated funds then distributed to local arts organizations through a competitive granting process.  Past recipients of United Arts Fund funding include the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra education programs, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Zenon Dance and dozens of other community organizations creating art in virtually all media.  Read Full Release

A Smooth Transition

Through a cooperative agreement between COMPAS and Community Shares of Minnesota, contributors and grant recipients will see no difference in their United Arts Fund interactions during 2014. COMPAS will continue to process and distribute all United Arts Fund donations through the end of the year. Community Shares of Minnesota will begin to renew contracts with public and private workplace giving campaigns for 2015 donations and will assume full management of the United Arts Fund in January 2015.

Applying to become a future United Arts Fund affiliate organization will be by invitation.  Check Community Shares of Minnesota’s website for periodic updates on the United Arts Fund transition.

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