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How to Contribute

By Check
Checks should be made payable to "DERC&D / SCAI" and mailed to:

Sunrise County Arts Institute
PO Box 277
Milbridge, ME 04658.

We'll log in the contributions, and with DERC&D will provide you with a letter of thanks for your tax records.

Now you can make a tax-deductible contribution online!

We're live on Razoo, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to non-profits:

Sunrise County Arts on Razoo

Donations starting at $10 are gratefully accepted via credit/debit card or PayPal.

Did you know? Many foundations and government agencies look for local community involvement when they're deciding how to award their grants.

Even if you can just contribute a few dollars, you can make a real difference: not just in the math, but in helping to show the world that we have great grass-roots support!

2017 Update:  

SCAI is making great progress--in our cultural offerings, community involvement, and also our fund-raising.  In response to a generous $20,000 gift in 2014 from the Villchur Foundation (Woodstock, NY), our organization committed itself to raise an equal amount, in cash and in-kind donations, to amplify the impact of the gift on programs and scholarships.  

We're getting there with our part!  Our success has been through a combination of contributions from individual, business and organizational supporters--and substantial volunteering of the founders' professional time.  We have no paid staff or officers, and minimal operating costs. 

To be truly sustainable for the future, SCAI needs your help today.  There are lots of ways listed on this page; please take a look.


How Can You Get Involved?  Lots of ways...

  • Make a tax-deductible gift.  See how in the box to the right, and details about our fiscal sponsor* below.
  • Pass the word! 
    • Tell your friends & neighbors about our local programs, Creativity Retreats for artists, writers & musicians "from away,"  and Vacation Rentals
      when our apartment space isn't booked for SCAI activities. (Retreats/rentals help cover overhead so your gifts can go into programs/scholarships.)
    • Like & share SunriseCountyArts on FaceBook. 
    • Tweet & follow us @sunrisectyarts
    • Introduce us to people you know who might like to become SCAI "Angels."
  • Sponsor a voice student! Do you know someone who loves to sing, wishes they could study, but doesn’t think they can afford lessons?  You can direct your contribution(s) toward lessons for a specific person—or be an anonymous sponsor for a known or anonymous student.  
  • Give a gift certificate for a series of lessons, for birthday, holiday, or "just because."
  • Tell people Danielle’s available for lessons (in person or online), workshops, singing engagements:
    • Private or family/group voice lessons at our beautiful Milbridge studio
    • Skype singing lessons online
    • Danielle's singing makes special occasions even more memorable—receptions & private parties, weddings & baptisms, funerals & memorials, church services.  Everything from classical & opera to jazz, musical theater, pops. All fees/contributions are paid directly to SCAI to support our programs & scholarships.
    • Would your choir or group like a fun, instructive workshop? Danielle has led groups in basic vocal technique & ensemble singing—for singers & also church choir directors—at the American Guild of Organists, Omega Institute, colleges & churches.  Will travel, or see our calendar for some at Fish Point that are open to any choir singers. 
  • Do you buy through  Soon we’ll post a link here to an Amazon Associates account.  If you go to Amazon via our link, any new purchases (as long as they’re not already in your cart or wish list) will count toward commissions for us. 
  • Do you buy sheet music online? Try Sheet Music Plus for your needs.  We'll earn modest commissions on scores & books you buy there, if you use our affiliate link.  
  • Volunteer!  Everyone's help is valuable. Can you contribute your talents, items or baked goods for fund-raisers? Help with light-labor tasks for events at the Center? 
  • Share your creative ideas!   We’d love to hear your thoughts, meet any friends & supporters of the arts you'd like us to know, & widen the circle. 
  •  Tell us how you'd like to get involved. And thank you.


We have an entirely volunteer administration and staff.  The funds we raise go directly into SCAI's programs, especially those for young people. These include private voice lessons, theater productions, writing workshops, community singing opportunities, and residencies by noted guest artists and mentors from our large circle of noted musicians, actor/directors, writers and visual artists.

Many of our neighbors cannot afford the full cost of these programs — about 85% of Milbridge children qualify for assisted or free school lunches — so scholarships are essential to involve the people who need and want our services most.

*Tax-Deductiblility of gifts:   SCAI is a Maine public benefit corporation.  The Down East Resource Conservation & Development Council (DERC&D), has partnered with us as our Federal 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. This enables us to offer you a tax deduction for your generosity. Whether you can afford to share a little or a lot, together we'll keep SCAI sailing!  

Don't wait for "giving season" in November-December!  The sooner contributions come in during any year, the sooner we can expand our offerings and our ability to be generous with scholarships.


Thank you in advance for your support of SCAI.

And a special tip of our mascot "Fish Scales"' natty bowler hat to our Charter business and non-profit supporters in 2014-17,

  • Camden National Bank, Milbridge, ME
  • DK Associates, Educational Consultants, Cherryfield, ME
  • Milbridge Congregational Church, Milbridge, ME
  • The Villchur Foundation, Woodstock, NY

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