Begun four years ago as the recession gripped
It was meant to be a temporary solution to connecting pupils to the venues until the economy rebounded and
"Donors that gave us temporary increases to do that said that was a temporary fix," he said. "They were looking for the school system to step back up. They're disappointed and we're disappointed too."
Last year, more than 51,000
Trips ranged from the
CMS officials were in an all-day workshop Tuesday and couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
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"We hope the school district and their partners will find a way to let the students have this great experience they've had over the years," said
Horne said that after field trips were cut back four years ago,
This year, the ASC set a goal of raising
Bush said that workplace giving campaigns, which have been in decline for years, continued to fall. Major corporate gifts were down this year too, though it was largely the result of companies involved in mergers or acquisitions.
In addition to cutting the school field trips, ASC reduced internal staff by leaving vacant positions open and cut grants to recipients like festivals, Bush said.
In all, the ASC announced grants to 57 organizations ranging from
Positive trends in drive
But Bush said there were several encouraging trends from this year's drive:
--For the first time since 2009, operating grants to major organizations like uptown museums, the symphony and ballet were stable year over year. In the last five years, ASC operating support to such organizations had declined 41 percent.
--Donations from real estate, developers and construction companies were 152 percent of goal, reflecting the comeback in those industries.
--Donations from small businesses and from professional services companies like law firms and accountants were at 106 percent of goal.
"Overall we feel good by the dollars we generated this year," Bush said. "It's not everything we'd hoped for but it wasn't as tight as past years."
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