CAW Windgate 3 Year Challenge Grant 2012-2014

Windgate Charitable Foundation Awards a $600,000 Challenge Grant for Continued Growth of The Center for Art in Wood

The Center has been awarded a 3 year, $600,000 challenge grant by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Every dollar we raise up to $100,000 each year in 2012, 2013, and 2014, will be matched by Windgate with two dollars. More Info

The Center for Art in Wood announced August 29th that the Windgate Charitable Foundation has awarded the Philadelphia visual arts nonprofit with a $600,000 Challenge Grant.

The 3-year Challenge Grant displays continued support on the part of the Windgate Charitable Foundation for the growth of The Center for Art in Wood, which moved to Philadelphia's prominent Old City District in 2011, a sign of its vision for expanding the organization's reach to new audiences. Albert LeCoff, the Center's Co-Founder and Executive Director, explains, "In addition to Windgate's annual support of the Windgate ITE International Residency Program, which is the Center's renowned residency program, and other operational support, this grant displays the foundation's continued efforts for expanding our organizational capacity. Windgate is nothing short of a vanguard with regards to the support of the arts on an international level."

The Windgate Challenge Grant encourages donor giving by incentivizing new and continued gifts. When a donor renews a previous gift to the Center, Windgate will double the gift with a 1 to 1 match. For every new or upgraded gift, Windgate will triple the gift with a 2 to 1 match.  Richard Goldberg, Board President of the Center says, "The Challenge Grant is a galvanizing development tool.  It helps provide the Center with vital funds while also encouraging the cultivation of new supporters."  Donors interested in making multi-year gifts should contact the Center for more information on how to maximize giving and for more information.

The Center, which features changing exhibitions, a permanent collection, research library, and museum store, also offers public outreach programs, education programs, and the Windgate ITE International Residency Program for artists, photojournalists and scholars.  The Challenge Grant comes on the heels of unprecedented community support for the Center.  Last year, the organization announced the launch of a capital campaign with a $2 million endowment gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.  Earlier this year, the Center hired Levi Landis as Director of Business Operations, courtesy of grant support from the William Penn Foundation.  Landis remarks, "The latest grant award by Windgate is a remarkable display of support.  It's a touchstone among the unparalleled support the Center has enjoyed as we approach our 30th anniversary in 2016."

Now until October 25th, the Center's gallery will display allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2014, a multidisciplinary exhibition and the culmination of the Windgate ITE International Residency Program. The exhibition presents each resident fellow's experiences, including objects produced before and during the residency. Three-dimensional work is accompanied by photos, essays, films, and other documentation depicting the summer residency experience.  You can view the exhibit online at