We are at a pivotal point in the history of My Nose Turns Red. For 34 years, we have maintained our commitment to inspire youth to challenge themselves, develop essential life skills, and engage audiences and we’ve seen the impact of circus on the lives of youth of all ages. Reaching over 450 students each year, through after-school programs and classes at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center, we strive for a diverse and inclusive community in which no student is turned away due to inability to pay. Thanks to generous support from our committed donors, we have recently expanded our social circus program to Price Hill while continuing to offer a range of classes at our home site.
As a member of the National Social Circus Network and a study conducted by Weikart Center for Youth Program Effectiveness, My Nose Turns Red has been recognized for its impact on the socio-emotional well-being of youth. These benefits also align with 21st century competencies by promoting collaboration, creativity, and communication. Our goal is to extend our high-quality programming to as many youth as possible so that everyone has a chance to thrive as adults. This is a key element of our strategic plan.
In addition to our focus on programming, our strategic plan focuses on building capacity by focusing on staff development and organizational structure. Together with our Board of Directors, we are working hard to strengthen our organizational structure and prepare for an expanded staff so that our programming can continue far into the future. We have done much of the difficult work, but there is more ahead. The biggest obstacle we face to make this happen is funding. As you may know, we rely on donors like you for 1/3 of our operating budget. As we look toward the future we need to reach beyond our usual fundraising goals. This year’s fund drive goal is: $15,000.
When we started My Nose Turns Red’s youth programming, we did so because we knew that circus had the capacity to reach all youth—even those who previously seemed unreachable. Over the years, we’ve watched many of our students quite literally grow up in My Nose Turns Red and it has been our honor to be a part of their life journey. Please help us reach more youth through circus. It is with great excitement that we look to the future! Thank you for joining us.
As a friend of My Nose Turns Red, I hope you will consider making a donation before the end of this year. You can help our students continue to learn and grow by sending a tax-deductible gift in the enclosed envelope or by donating online. Many employers offer matching gifts for your charitable donation—please consider asking your employer to match your donation.
Thank you for your continued support!
2017 Annual Report Infographic
Growing in Numbers, Growing in Reach
- Adding new classes to accommodate a growing range of skill levels.
- Adding staff and coaches.
- Implementing new social circus programs that allows us to reach new students who would not otherwise have the means to pay.
- Participating in a national study with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to demonstrate whether participation in circus arts improves social and interpersonal skills that are so critical for success in school and life in partnership with the American Youth Circus Organization and Cirque du Soleil.
- Search for a permanent space that will serve the organization’s current and future needs.
We thank you for your generous support!
My Nose Turns Red’s 990’s and Tax Determination Letter