A Special Message from Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell and CEO Joe Benincasa
Our Democracy zigs and zags, and today things seem different because of the presidential election. One thing that does not zig or zag is our commitment to our “better angels”. Our dedication to helping people in our performing arts community through The Actors Fund demonstrates shared values of respect for one another. We repudiate racism, sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and homophobia, and we treat everyone with respect and compassion.
While it is still too early to know what will happen to those we help to secure health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or how many more people will continue to need access to programs like The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, we are committed to making sure that we address their needs. We are concerned that reductions in Medicaid and Medicare funding might adversely affect the operation of our nursing home and assisted living facility, or that possible changes to the Tax Code may dampen incentives to develop affordable, supportive and special needs housing. We are working to understand these possible impacts and will issue an assessment early in January.
What we do know is that The Actors Fund has persevered through two world wars, a Great Depression, a Great Recession, floods, earthquakes and terrorist attacks. With your help, The Actors Fund will continue to be the important safety net it is for everyone in performing arts and entertainment in these uncertain times.
Today, we ask you to make a donation, however large or small, to show your commitment to helping everyone in performing arts and entertainment in times of need. Your continued generosity will make a world of difference to thousands who urgently need our assistance.
On behalf of the 14,000 people we help across the country every year, thank you for your support.