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Anonymous gift helps ArtDOG more than double donations in 2015

Several Wichita City Council members pose with WAMmy the ICT ArtDOG during the Art Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising blitz for the arts in Wichita. Waite was visiting Old Town with mom Jackie Waite.
Several Wichita City Council members pose with WAMmy the ICT ArtDOG during the Art Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising blitz for the arts in Wichita. Waite was visiting Old Town with mom Jackie Waite. The Wichita Eagle

The 24-hour ArtDOG fundraiser more than doubled its donations this year – $1.2 million – thanks in part to a single gift of $370,000 to the Wichita Public Library Foundation.

The ICT Art Day of Giving brought in $1.2 million for 55 arts organizations on April 24, the Wichita Community Foundation announced Wednesday.

Last year, $550,000 was raised for 38 local arts organizations. The number of donors increased from 1,062 in 2014 to 1,510 this year – including one “extremely generous” donor who gave the $370,000 to the library foundation, said Courtney Looney, communications manager for the community foundation.

That anonymous gift made the library foundation the top ArtDOG recipient, with $413,000. Wichita Grand Opera was second with $103,000. The other organizations raised varying amounts of money, down to the George B. Tack Memorial Flute Committee, which received $341.

The $1.2 million total includes $72,000 in Bonus Pool dollars donated by the community foundation, Spirit AeroSystems, the Knight Foundation, the Fidelity Bank Foundation and others.

“We’re extremely thrilled,” Looney said of the second year of ArtDOG. “Our goal was $75,000.”

Donors and nonprofits can give feedback about ArtDOG by taking an online survey at ictartdog.org.

Reach Annie Calovich at 316-268-6596 or acalovich@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @anniecalovich.

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