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Oregonians may get a 2017 tax credit for giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust and qualifying arts organizations by Dec. 31.

COURTESY PHOTO - Carole Morse As we celebrate the season of giving, we at the Oregon Cultural Trust hope you will support a cultural organization that makes a difference in your world. Oregon's famous quality of life is due, in large part, to the 1,400-plus arts, heritage and humanities organizations that call our great state home.

That's why the Oregon Legislature established the cultural tax credit to reward Oregonians who donate to cultural nonprofit organizations. Just donate to one or more of the libraries, arts organizations or museums you care about, then make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust at culturaltrust.org by Dec. 31. When you file your 2017 state taxes, the donation you made to the Cultural Trust will come back to you via the cultural tax credit. That's right, you double the impact of your donation for free!

This year, generous donors lifted Oregon Cultural Trust fundraising to a new high, resulting in a record $2.94 million in awards to 136 cultural nonprofits last fiscal year.

The awards include a total of $735,887 to the Cultural Trust's five statewide partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $735,887 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions — for regranting in their communities; and $1,471,774 in competitive cultural development grants to 86 cultural organizations across the state.

In Multnomah County alone, the Cultural Trust awarded $967,467 to 44 diverse organizations including the Portland Art Museum, the Circus Project, Kukatonon, Leach Botanical Garden, the Old Church Society, Live Wire Radio and Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras.

The Cultural Trust envisions an Oregon that champions and invests in creative expression and cultural exchange, driving innovation and opportunity for all. Our mission is to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture as an integral part of communities.

Please help us double the love for Oregon culture by taking advantage of the cultural tax credit this year! We are deeply grateful for your support.

Carole Morse is the chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Contact her and find a complete list of eligible cultural nonprofits at culturaltrust.org

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