ORLANDO – April 2, 2024 – United Arts of Central Florida is pleased to announce it will receive a $200,000 multi-year grant from Dr. Phillips Charities for operating support to build the capacity of the organization and fund a new position, senior director of development. This grant will allow United Arts to expand its existing development department to keep pace with the growth and diversity of the Central Florida region.


“This significant investment will help United Arts serve a rapidly growing arts and cultural community,” said Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of United Arts. “The arts and cultural sector has grown substantially in the last 35 years with the support of United Arts. This grant will help us meet the needs of the vibrant and thriving future envisioned for the people living in our community.”


A 2022 Arts Ecology Study in Orange County revealed the need for fundraising staff across the entire arts and cultural community. The study also identified the need for United Arts to build capacity and resources to serve the expanding arts sector and growing population.


The senior director of development will strengthen United Arts’ capacity to raise more funds to help meet the increasing needs of the community,allowing the organization to seek new donors from diverse cultures and the next generation of arts consumers and supporters. This new position will design and implement a comprehensive development and fundraising plan that aligns with investments in the mission of United Arts as well as strengthening the Collaborative Campaign for the Arts which benefits over 30 local nonprofit organizations.


The mission of United Arts is to enrich communities by investing in arts science and history. Adding this position is an important investment in the financial strength of United Arts which has a ripple effect on the entire cultural sector.


About United Arts of Central Florida

United Arts is Central Florida’s local arts agency that strengthens artists, creatives and arts organizations across the region. Through programs, funding, and resources, United Arts helps local arts and culture organizations achieve their impact goals. Through community engagement initiatives, the nonprofit organization strives to accomplish its vision of access to quality art for everyone in Central Florida. Since 1989, United Arts has raised more than $190 million toward art, arts education, culture, science and history — an ongoing effort to enrich the community and inspire future generations. For more information, visit https://unitedartscfl.org or call 407.628.0333.


About Dr. Phillips Charities

Once the largest citrus producer in the world, Dr. Phillip Phillips left a legacy that has spanned several generations culminating in the establishment of Dr. Phillips Charities, comprised of The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation and Dr. Phillips Inc. These two distinct funding organizations grant support to worthy capital projects and innovative programs of charities that address critical community needs, demonstrate the potential for ongoing support, and have a significant, lasting impact. Dr. Phillips Charities has made over $225 million in grants, pledges and program related investments to Central Florida charities responding to the needs of the community and directly touching the lives of thousands of children and families each year. www.drphillips.org

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