Capital Campaign

Donate here to the Capital Campaign and be a part of Sisters Folk Festival’s future.

Sisters, Oregon. There are big reasons to love this small town. It’s a community treasured not only for endless outdoor opportunities but for a vibrant creative culture. For two decades, Sisters Folk Festival has built a national reputation for Sisters, Oregon as a community where the arts are valued, celebrated and accessible to everyone. Connected by Creativity means taking the region to new levels of excellence, through strategic investment in a permanent facility and a programming vision for Sisters Folk Festival. The Connected by Creativity campaign builds on a remarkable history of success to create a future of special opportunity in an extraordinary and uniquely Oregonian place.

The Details

Baseline investment to purchase property and improve existing structure: $900,000

Purchase Property

  • Building value approximately $1 million. Generously offered by Kathy & Frank Deggendorfer at $500,000 if purchased by June 2019
  • 8,000 s.f. existing structure, built in 1991, good condition
  • Cost of $62.50 per s.f.
  • .88 acre parcel

Improve Existing Structure

  • $250K Improvements & Upgrades

Explore Options to Develop New Community Resources on Property

Approximately $2.1 million investment; Timeline tbd
Options include:
  • Construct approximately 7,300 s.f. structure on existing property to serve as a mid-size, year-round performance and community events facility
  • Develop full capacity of site to serve as a center for music and the arts

Sustainability Plan and Program Vision

Ownership will immediately increase stability of Sisters Folk Festival and will open opportunities to increase community programming impact. The table below shows an annual operational gain of $20,000 per year. A portion of net income will be allocated annually to a Building Fund for future repairs and upgrades. The remainder can be reinvested in program development and reserve funds for stabilization.

Program Development Vision

Sisters Folk Festival has succeeded by developing a blend of programming that is self-sustaining through a combination of ticket sales, donations, sponsorships and event proceeds. While the new building will create opportunity to grow, the organization can stick with a trusted formula of sustainable growth. Foundation grants will continue to play a role in launching new programs that may take a few years to stabilize.
Owning the building will allow the opportunity to explore the following program priorities:
  • Annual music education event to draw artists and participants to Sisters each spring.
  • Add community music/arts events to the annual calendar, both in Sisters and in diverse Central Oregon communities.
  • Provide and promote gathering space for multi-disciplinary music/art gatherings, such as drumming circles, ukulele club, quilting and other crafts.
  • Multi-generational workshops, lectures and classes.