This is the first blog post from Artfuel, an Italian and American partnership.
Artfuel is a bi-national effort that seeks to encourage donations in support of urgent historic preservation needs. Our focus will be on projects in the Tuscany region of Italy, with Siena being our starting point.
Artfuel will involve a trusted international banking partner to receive and manage charitable donations. Contributions to Arfuel projects will be sent directly to the bank (there will be no intermediary nonprofit in the United States). Seasoned, on-the-ground partners based in Milan will help ensure timelines are followed and donor inquiries are responded to in a timely fashion. High level behind the scenes tours will be arranged in Italy, as needed. American fundraising will be organized and overseen by an experienced major gift professional based in Central Texas. Fundraising will adhere to the highest ethical standards.
Artfuel is a new venture. We are approaching potential international banking partners to find the best possible fit for Artfuel donations, we are seeking input regarding projects from the Art Ministry, Tuscany Branch, and we are starting to conduct research on potential contributors.
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Thank you for your interest in Artfuel.
Carolyn M. Appleton and Mauro Bartalini