One Percent for Culture

One Percent for Culture Becomes a Partner Project Of the Fund for the City of New York


New York City's Non-Profit Cultural Organizations Launch One Percent for Culture Campaign

One Percent for Culture has more than 100 coalition members
and has generated more than 12,000 appeal signatures
from supporters across New York City


New York Sept. 1, 2011 One Percent for Culture has become a Partner Project of the Fund for the City of New York.

The One Percent for Culture campaign launched Labor Day 2010 has grown to more than 100 coalition partners. In addition, more than 12,000 New Yorkers from all five boroughs -- have signed an appeal asking future city candidates to commit to allocating at least one percent of the city expense budget for culture.

The campaign, with more than 500 volunteers, is an unprecedented collaboration with concerned citizens, business, academic, cultural, and political leaders from throughout the city. It is aimed at educating New Yorkers about the value of non-profit culture to New York City and to generate thousands of appeal signatures asking city political candidates to support culture.

The coalition seeks to garner a commitment from the city to ensure that non-profit cultural organizations receive one percent of the municipal budget annually. Currently, non-profit culture receives less than one-fourth of one percent of the municipal expense budget to support their operational needs.

John Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Chair of the Steering Committee for One Percent for Culture Campaign said: Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council recognize the importance of the citys cultural organization and have been supportive through this difficult economy. One Percent for Culture is about making a smart investment in the future and ensuring that New Yorks cultural organizations receive appropriate funding as the economy recovers.

Most recently, One Percent for Culture became a Partner Project of the Fund for the City of New York, which will act as the financial agent of the campaign. The Fund for the City of New York, created by the Ford Foundation in 1968, has a long history of advancing innovation in the nonprofit and government sectors.

Mary McCormick, President of the Fund for the City of New York, said: The Fund is delighted to welcome One Percent for Culture as a Partner Project. For almost three decades, we have had proof that cultural institutions are a major economic engine for New York City. One Percent for Culture will ensure that we invest in these institutions that draw people here from all over the world and keep our communities vibrant and welcoming.

Arts and culture stimulate the minds of New Yorkers and the city economy. According to the Alliance for the Arts, non-profit culture in the city attracts 26 million tourists and generates $7.6 billion in economic impact annually, creating more than 54,000 jobs.

Karen Brooks Hopkins, President of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and member of the Steering Committee of Once Percent for Culture said: New York Citys more than 1,200 non-profit cultural organizations drive tourism to the city and represent jobs for New Yorkers, revenue for small business, and stability for the communities they serve. It is important that city support of culture remains a priority as we look to the future. This public-private partnership is one of the central ingredients that makes New York the greatest cultural city in the world.

Norma P. Munn, Chair of the New York City Arts Coalition and a member of the Steering Committee of One Percent for Culture, said: Since the launch of One Percent for Culture last year, we have witnessed the unwavering support for culture in communities in all five boroughs. In just one year, we have achieved significant milestones the coalition is at 100 members and continuing to grow, and the 12,000 appeal signatures show New Yorkers are continuing to come on board.

People of all ages and from every walk of life find inspiration from the arts, science, history, music, drama, and dance. According to a poll conducted by the Global Strategy Group, a super majority of New Yorkers, 82 percent, support increasing funding for non-profit cultural organizations in the city budget to one percent.

To learn more about the One Percent for Culture campaign, sign the petition, or join the coalition, visit

<< Back to press