Why the Humanities Matter
As 2009 draws to a close, the Maryland Humanities Council is asking for your support through our year-end appeal for donations. (Click here to donate safely through our website.) Why? As a private non-profit organization, we raise private funds to underwrite the costs of our programs, which inspire, empower, and enlighten over 1 million Marylanders annually.
During this difficult economic time, you may wonder whether funding public educational humanities programs is a good use of your limited charitable contributions. While I, of course, would give you a resounding YES in response to that question, let me instead offer you the words of others (program attendees, presenters, and host organizations) as they reflect on the vital role the Maryland Humanities Council plays in making our state a richer place to live.
“I just had to write you to tell you how wonderful the [Music of the Movement] program was, and how much I enjoyed it!…We found the program intellectually stimulating, spiritually uplifting and harmoniously resonating with our ears and our memories.”
“Our experience with the [MHC's] Speakers Bureau has touched us immensely, and we are hopeful that through the knowledge we have gained we will be able to inspire others and tie a knot in our destinies.”
“These programs are giving people an opportunity to reexamine the basic charter of our nation in light of its practices and to ask some real tough questions about our role. . . . The insatiable hunger is being fed.”
“One Maryland One Book has done much to educate, encourage, and entertain, and it’s done much to introduce (and in some cases, reintroduce) the joy of reading to many.”
“The ["Music of the Movement"] event was moving, informative, educational, funny, and uplifting. I learned more about the importance of music and its role. I heard new ideas that I had never considered. This was truly a rare occasion and I am delighted that I had an opportunity to attend. I look forward to more.”
I hope these testimonials inspire you to make a donation to the Maryland Humanities Council today. Click here to donate in whatever amount you can to ensure that programs that reach Marylanders at such deep levels–emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually–continue in 2010.
Thank you for your support of the Maryland Humanities Council.
Phoebe Stein Davis