GENERAL AREAS OF INTEREST
Mr. and Mrs. Kulas were interested in many aspects of the musical world, including the encouragement of young musicians, composers and conductors. They were also interested in helping handicapped children and the blind. Over the years the trustees of the Foundation have developed a pattern of giving that follows and builds on these guidelines from the founders.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Because of the Kulas' strong interest in performing arts organizations, generally over 50% of the Foundation's annual giving is directed towards Cleveland's major performing arts institutions. Encouragement is also given to many smaller performing arts institutions. Less emphasis is given to the visual arts and other types of museums.
Music schools and conservatories in the Cleveland area have been of prime interest to the Foundation, stemming from the Kulas' strong interest in music education. About 20% of the Foundation's annual giving is directed in this way. More recently the trustees have extended this interest to arts programs benefiting low income and minority students in the Cleveland Public Schools. Otherwise support is not given for elementary and secondary schools, nor does the Foundation fund requests for marching band uniforms, instruments or travel. The Kulas Student Ticket Program provides students at some 18 schools of higher learning with tickets to performing arts productions.
Grants to social agencies are very limited and amount to only about 5% of annual giving. Such grants target the United Way and organizations serving handicapped children or the blind. The Foundation is also sensitive to the needs of social service organizations that need pianos, instruments or sound systems to carry out their mission.
The Foundation has supported a number of community based organizations over the years, especially if there is a music or arts component to the program or if it is of interest to a large segment of the population. This area accounts for 5-10% of annual giving.
Mrs. Kulas was an early proponent of music therapy and for a number of years the Foundation helped institutions establish music therapy departments. See the guidelines above related to this area.