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In today’s world, Woody’s message of diversity, equality, and social justice is more important and relevant than ever. The Woody Guthrie Center is proud to share this positive message that uplifts the spirit and creates its own ripples of change in our world. The generosity of our members and donors is critical in helping us spread that message

50 years after Woody’s death, his message is still relevant as we face the same issues in society and seek to inspire change. In Woody’s own words “I ain’t dead yet.” The Woody Guthrie Center keeps the message alive as we encourage others to “Be the Machine” to fight against injustice. Please join us as we empower others to follow in Woody’s footsteps and promote equality.

Donations of any amount are appreciated and can be made as a either a one-time donation, set up on a monthly basis, or text to give $10 by texting MACHINE to 80077. Please feel free to specify how you would like for your funds to be spent.

Your support helps fund our educational initiatives in these ways:

  • $100 sponsors a class of 20 students touring the Woody Guthrie Center

  • $500 sponsors 100 students touring the Woody Guthrie Center

  • $1000 sponsors a workshop and outreach programs in schools

  • $2500  sponsors workshops, public programs, and outreach programs

  • $5000  supports youth music programs for young people as they work with local artists to create and record their own songs

  • $10,000 provides partial sponsorship of high-interest traveling exhibits in the Woody Guthrie Center Special Exhibit Gallery (please call for more information)

  • $25,000 provides full sponsorship of high-interest traveling exhibits in the Woody Guthrie Center Special Exhibit Gallery

A Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes that they are asked to support, the Woody Guthrie Center declares that all donors have these rights:

To be informed of the Woody Guthrie Center’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
To be informed of the identity of those serving on the Woody Guthrie Center’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
To have access to the Woody Guthrie Center’s most recent financial statements.
To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

DEVELOPED BY: American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, National Society of Fund Raising Executives.