2023 Changes to Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program
In an effort to make the $6M annual allotment of Endow Iowa tax credits last longer, the Iowa Legislature has changed the maximum allocation of tax credits per Iowa taxpayer to $100,000, (maximum gift size of $400,000 x .25 = $100,000) which is a decrease from $300,000 (maximum gift size of $1,200,000 x .25 = $300,000). This change went into effect January 1, 2023.

Each summer it takes around 600 volunteers to produce our festivals and we’re always looking for dedicated individuals and groups to help us produce these events. For more information, visit our Volunteers Page.

Eat for the Arts
Summer of the Arts partners with area restaurants each year to provide a percentage of sales in support of our organization. These opportunities are spread out throughout the year (generally two per month) and allow you to taste a wide variety of the amazing restaurants in the Iowa City Area.

Become a Fest Friend
It costs nearly $1.2 million dollars each year to produce our many events, so it’s important that our community financially supports these events.  We welcome one-time annual contributions and monthly donations setup through your bank account. Please see the Fest Friends Form (pdf) for additional information or to set up monthly donations.

Matching Gift Program
As a 501(c)3, Summer of the Arts is eligible for employer matching gift programs. If your company participates in matching gift programs, please consider doubling your gift in this easy way!

Summer of the Arts has an endowment through the Community Foundation of Johnson County. Your contribution to our endowment not only provides you with tax incentives but supports the organization for the long-term. Go to https://cfjc.org/, select the Donate to a Fund option across the top (see below), then scroll down the list of funds (alpha ordered – see below) and select Summer of the Arts Endowment Fund.

Estate Planning
There are a wide range of opportunities to support Summer of the Arts through Estate Planning. This can include wills and bequests, appreciated stock, charitable trusts, life insurance gifts and testamentary trusts. Talk to your administrator, or contact Summer of the Arts to be referred to a financial planner who can help.

Qualified Charitable Distributions
If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you have the opportunity to be able to make an annual gift directly from your IRA without having those funds included in your adjusted gross income.