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A Cup O'Kindess

Support The Heifetz Institute on #GivingTuesday!

“Right now, art is essential. Science is going to get us out of this – but art is going to get us THROUGH this.”  Author & Illustrator Mo Willems 

Dec. 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide celebration of generosity. It’s a day when people around the globe come together to express kindness in all its forms – lending their their voices and resources to support communities and causes in the not-for-profit arena.
In 2020, the need for action, advocacy, and support in the nonprofit world has never been more urgent…or necessary. We have learned firsthand this year that music and the arts can connect us and add vibrancy to our lives even when we cannot be together. Our 100 students can bear witness not only to lessons learned, friendships forged, and even collaborative music made in our digital ream, but also to the profound service their artistic gifts have given to our global community. None more so than to the patients and front-line works at our local health-care facilities, whose isolation and stress was broken by a steady (live)stream of one-on-one performances by our brilliant young students.

Composer Antonio Bazzini

From her home in Hong Kong, Heifetz 2020 student Suet Yin (Athena) Shiu plays for patients at Augusta Health, one of more than 70 one-on-one livesteamed performances and conversations given by our Heifetz students this summer for patients, seniors, shut-ins, and front-line health care workers last summer.


Winter storms may lie ahead, but here at Heifetz we’re determined to play through, with upcoming holiday performances and new initiatives – both virtual and in-person. We aren’t just hoping for a better future; we are planning it right now…with the same commitment to the unique Heifetz mission, vision, and values that made our Virtual Institute possible.
But we need your help!
This Giving Tuesday, as we ask for a little “cup o’ kindness,” please help fill our cup with whatever you can spare. Thanks to you, Heifetz will be here, both to carry us through today, and to create a robust 25th Anniversary year tomorrow, with an even stronger platform for the the next generation of great young artists to Communicate – Engage – Inspire!
Composer Antonio Bazzini

Remember – The CARES Act provides increased tax incentives for charitable giving for both individuals and corporations. For cash contributions made in 2020, you can now elect to deduct up to 100 percent of your AGI (Adjusted Gross Income), increased from 60 percent. For taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions, the CARES Act allows for an additional, “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300.