GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that started in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. The celebration is always the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. 

GivingTuesday encourages donations to non-profits like ACE that do good for community members of all ages. 

This year GivingTuesday is November 29 – and it kicks off the year-end giving season!

All donations that ACE receives during this year’s GivingTuesday will go to our Youth Arts Learning Fund. The fund provides children and teens up to age 18 with free or reduced-cost arts experiences such as ACE classes, take-home arts learning kits, music lessons, and more.

Please consider donating on GivingTuesday:

help our youth arts opportunities grow!



Radical Generosity - the concept that the suffering of others should be as intolerable to us as our own suffering.

To learn more about GivingTuesday and its overal affect, visit

What is ACE’s Youth Arts Learning Fund?

Youth arts learning opportunities and events run year-round. In Fall 2022, ACE offered 125 classes to children and teens ages zero-18. ACE youth classes include Wild School, Wild Preschool, Discover After School, Little Pinecones Book Club, Youth Embroidery, Costume Design, Creative Writing, River Rock Painting, Adventures in Watercolor, Art Explorers, Oil Pastels, and more. 


All arts classes for ages zero-5 are free thanks to our Youth Arts Learning Fund. All arts classes for ages 6-18 are discounted 50% through the fund. ACE is committed to reducing participation costs for rural youth in order to enhance their access to the joy and power of the arts. 

Young people assist us in developing future offerings by taking ACE classes and making art using our Take & Make Arts Learning Kits (these kits provide fun ways to learn about and create art at home). Take & Make Arts Learning Kits are free to young people ages 18 and younger through the Youth Arts Learning Fund.

ACE tracks the data, noting popular classes and kits in order to better meet young people’s needs. Each youth participant is invited to evaluate ACE classes by completing a brief evaluation; they indicate satisfaction with the class/teaching artist, offer comments, and recommend future options. Youth also provide feedback on ACE classes to their teachers at school, parents/guardians, and ACE teaching artists. This is another portion of the feedback loop that helps ACE staff determine program directions.

The ACE Youth Arts Learning Fund served approximately 5,000 youth ages 18 and younger during our 2021-2022 fiscal year. Help us offer arts learning opportunities to even more children and teens in the coming year by contributing on this year’s GivingTuesday!


ACE hosted 85 free youth classes in our 2021-2022 fiscal year. This was an increase of 62% from the previous fiscal year. And in Fall Quarter 2022 alone, we offered 125 youth classes


We are committed to maintaining our current options and creating additional free options for youth such as arts classes held on days when there is no school, a ceramics workshop series, and more.



What does my donation support?

A donation of $30 covers one student for a one-hour class.


A donation of $100 covers one student for a series of class sessions.


We’ve set a goal to raise $10,000 – 10% of the fund’s annual need –  in community donations for the ACE Youth Arts Learning Fund during year-end giving that lasts through December 31. Help us get a head start on raising at least $5,000 toward that goal during GivingTuesday.


How do I give on GivingTuesday?

Cash Matching: Help ACE raise additional funds during GivingTuesday this year by hosting your own fundraiser on Facebook! Meta (a.k.a. Facebook) has a cash match opportunity that assists non-profit organizations in raising funds. If you host your own fundraiser early on November 29, 2022, ACE receives more matching funds. Click here to learn how.


If you prefer not to host your own Facebook fundraiser, but would still like to help ACE raise more through the cash match, visit Art Center East in person during the month of November and donate via cash or check, letting us know you would like your donation to be part of the GivingTuesday cash match. ACE will then process your donation on November 29, 2022.


Please post on social media if you are participating in GivingTuesday. Tag @artcentereast on Instagram or Facebook. Thank you! Be sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.


AmazonSmile: For all of your holiday shopping, be sure to use Amazon Smile. Find Art Center East under our legal name, Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, Inc.

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll have the same shopping experience as The exciting difference is that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Art Center East.

If you shop through AmazonSmile during this time, let us know by sharing on social media! Tag @artcentereast on Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.




Make sure to enter "GivingTuesday" in the memo line if you would like your donation to be part of the GivingTuesday fundraiser!

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Donate by phone:  541-624-2800

Donate by check:  P.O. Box 541, La Grande, OR 97850

Donate in person:  1006 Penn Avenue in La Grande

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Wednesday - Friday 12:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm








Would you like to set-up your own fundraiser to support Art Center East on GivingTuesday? Follow the instructions below!

  • Who can do it? Anyone with a Facebook account. 
  • How does it help? Hosting a fundraiser offers an easy and compelling way for your friends and family to join you in giving to an organization that you care about. This helps ACE reach people who might like to support our work, but who aren't in our immediate audience. By creating a fundraiser, you also endorse our work in a way that might make the difference in someone's willingness to give.
  • What do I need to do? Facebook offers an easy way for its users to raise money for a nonprofit of their choice - you may have seen your Facebook friends hosting a nonprofit fundraiser in honor of their birthday or another occasion. We are challenging our supporters to host an ACE GivingTuesday fundraiser for $100 or more from November 30 until December 6 on their personal Facebook page. Full instructions for setting up a fundraiser are available below. After setting up your fundraiser, you will not be responsible for much more than sharing it on your page and thanking donors.
  • When do I need to do it? We're asking our supporters to set up their fundraiser on November 29 so it's ready to go right away on the morning of GivingTuesday (Nov 30). Facebook offers a donation match that day (starting at 6 am PST) that goes until their funds run out (last year they were gone in about an hour!). Having your fundraiser set up means that there’s a better chance of donations getting matched that morning. Worth a shot! After you set it up, your fundraiser will end automatically on the date you set, no matter how much you've raised at that point.
  • Where does the money I raise go? Network for Good, a secondary business run by Facebook, processes payments and distributes funds to the intended recipients within a month or two of the fundraiser's completion. You will not be responsible for handling the money. Art Center East will receive a check for all the money raised through Facebook fundraisers done in our name directly from Network for Good. 
  • Isn't it better to just send you a check? Network for Good absorbs the processing fees for donations made to nonprofits, so donating through Facebook is pretty much the same as writing ACE a check. By donating this way, however, you amplify your donation by inviting your friends and family to join you and (possibly) through Facebook's donation match on Nov 30.
  • I'm not good with computers ... No worries! If you're able to navigate your Facebook account to look at, like, and comment on posts, give fundraiser setup a try - it's a simple process that takes about 5 minutes to complete. If you get stuck, see if someone in your family can help you! 
  • I'm setting up my fundraiser and I can't find 'Art Center East' when I search for a nonprofit ... Our legal business name is a holdover from one of the organizations that merged to form Art Center East. You can raise money for ACE by selecting Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council Inc. when creating your fundraiser. 

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How to set up a personal Facebook Fundraiser for Art Center East:

It looks like a lot of steps,

1) On a computer: Look at the top of your Facebook page for the + sign in a circle (to the right of your profile pic), click on it and choose 'Fundraiser' from the drop-down menu. On a phone: Open your Facebook app and click on the menu icon on the bottom right corner of the screen; select "Fundraisers" from the menu.

2) Select "Nonprofit" and search for "Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council Inc," Art Center East's legal business name, and select it for your fundraiser.

3) On a computer: On the left side of the screen, you'll see the fundraiser set-up fields. On a phone: Scroll down to see the fundraiser set-up fields.

4) Goal: Enter any amount you think you can raise. We're challenging our supporters to aim for at least $100. We recommend setting your goal amount for anywhere between $100 and $500, amounts that are reasonable to raise in a week's time. (Anecdote: A few years ago a staff member raised $250 for ACE in one day just by friends - many of whom have never even been to La Grande - giving $5 - $20 each. They were pleasantly surprised by how quickly this happened and how willing many of their friends and family were to make a small GivingTuesday donation. Aim higher than you think you can do because there is no penalty for not reaching your goal!) Your donation goal is just that - a goal - and fundraisers are allowed to surpass it. If your $100 fundraiser ends up raising $500, there's no penalty and everyone wins!

5) Title: Change the fundraiser title so it reads "[Your Name]'s Fundraiser for Art Center East."

6) Fundraiser Description: Facebook provides an automated description. We encourage you to add a sentence or two about why you want to raise funds for Art Center East. Personal messages go a long way toward appealing to your fellow donors. Please replace "Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council Inc," with "Art Center East" in the automated description so people will recognize the organization name - it appears three times in the text.

7) End date: You can manually select an end date if you set up your fundraiser on a computer. On a phone, it will set the end date automatically at 15 days from the set-up date. We feel like a week is a good amount of time, so feel free to select December 6 as your end date, or end your fundraiser on a date of your choice.

8) Check everything one more time (making sure you've updated the organization name to "Art Center East" rather than "Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council"), then hit "create."

Tips for a successful fundraiser:

- Be the first person to donate! It doesn't matter how much you donate, the act of your donation shows your friends and family that you care about this organization and it might make them want to help, too! If you would like to try to get your donation matched by Facebook, plan to make it around 6am on November 30. This is when Facebook will release their pool of matching funds and that money will likely go quickly (last year they were gone in about an hour).

- Share the fundraiser to your Facebook feed, writing a brief encouraging statement to go with it that summarizes why you want to raise money for ACE.

- Invite your Facebook friends to the fundraiser. Facebook gives you this option in an easy format right after you create your fundraiser - select friends you think would like to donate. They can always decline, but never underestimate the power of an invitation!

- Keep sharing your fundraiser and encouraging donors ("Any amount is meaningful." Or "Thanks for your donations! We're halfway there!"). Sharing the fundraiser to your feed more than once means it appears on your friends' feeds more than once and they might have missed it the first time (or three). One of the rules of marketing is that a person needs to see something up to 14 times before they act on it, so posting once is often not enough to get everyone's attention or action.