On Oct. 16, more than 100 donors, volunteers, and current and former board members attended the Culture Works Annual Meeting at the Dayton Racquet Club to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organization, and acknowledge the successful new programs and initiatives launched during this anniversary year.

These initiatives included the move to a new, more accessible location, the launch of power2give for the Dayton region, the implementation of a new outcomes-based grant process, the engagement of the community in Culture Connects 20/20, a regional cultural planning process, and the release of an economic impact study showing the value of arts and cultural organizations and their audiences to the Dayton region to be $161.3 million.

More than 35 volunteer workplace-giving coordinators from companies throughout the region were present. They were thanked for their role in increasing the number of individual gifts to Workplace Giving by 53 percent in a single year. Other volunteers recognized were the members of the 2014 Inaugural Grant Panel and members of the Leonard P. Roberts Memorial Scholarship Committee.

All corporate donors to Culture Works were given awards of recognition. A highlight of the event was the presentation of original works of art to Legacy Society donors of $50,000 and above, which included the CareSource Foundation, the Dayton Power & Light Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, LexisNexis and Premier Health.

Created by artist John Landsiedel, each of these one-of-a-kind artworks attempted to capture the history and philanthropic impact of these organizations to the community over the past 40 years, as well as their support of Culture Works during this same time period. To see photos of the artwork, and to view the Culture Works Annual Report and audited financial information, go to cultureworks.org.