Upper Fremont at 43rd
    On the #5 bus line and short walk to E line

    4272 Fremont Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98103

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    Support Creative Community

    Join with us to build a more artful & connected Seattle for people of all ages & incomes.

    Your gift is critical to the Abbey’s sustainability and growth as we support the next generation of creative community in Seattle.  You’ll not only be helping young artists, we also offer free tickets to 100+ nonprofits in our Arts Connect network empowering low incomes families, nonprofit workers, and veterans to access arts events and concerts.

    All donations go 100% to programs.


    OPTION 1:
    One-Time Donation (Paypal Giving Fund)


    100% of your donation will reach us now thanks to Paypal Giving.

    Paypal account required

    “Gifts that do more good. Your donation will be processed and disbursed to your selected nonprofit by the PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID: 45-0931286). You will receive a tax receipt for your gift and thanks to PayPal’s support, 100% of your donation will reach the nonprofit of your choice.”


    OPTION 2:
    Membership Payment (Credit Card donation option)

    NOTE: To use a credit card, once you click the Donate button you can select that option in the lower left of the Paypal screen (NO PAYPAL ACCOUNT NEEDED for this option)


    OPTION 3:
    – Credit Card Monthly Donations

    Monthly Member Levels

    NOTE: To use a credit card, once you click the Donate button you can select that option in the lower left of the Paypal screen (NO PAYPAL ACCOUNT NEEDED for this option)


    Check Payable to

    Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98103

    Artwerks DBA Fremont Abbey Arts
    is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity registered with the IRS and the state of Washington. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Giving receipts will be mailed to all donors upon request.



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    or search for “Fremont Abbey” or “Artwerks” on smile.amazon.com.  

    We do encourage you to shop local of course, but if using Amazon, this is a way to support the arts as well!  They donate a small % to charities if you select Amazon Smile when checking out. 



    More information

    (Profile page for IRS 990 and financials)

    (Give Big profile page)


    Abbey Arts (Artwerks / Fremont Abbey Arts Center) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that was activated in 2005 (incorporated in 2002) and really launched more activity after the venue renovation was finished in 2008.

    Home to ongoing monthly events like The Round, and many more activities we support the creative community in Seattle and our events are often licensed in other cities around the US such as Portland, Spokane, Austin, Tacoma, and more.

    In 2015 for example, we had attendance of approximately 40,000 at our various programs & events throughout the year here in Seattle.  We support a wide variety of nonprofits, arts groups, local neighbors, developing musicians, and students of all ages.    See below for a variety of ways to support or feel free to email us arts(at)fremontabbey.org if you have any questions or would like to make an in-kind donation or company match.  Office phone: 206.414.8325

    Why support the arts?

    Our experience (and recent brain studies) show that experiencing the arts can be the one of the best ways for people of all ages to further develop their brain, advance in school, interact better in society, and improve their overall wellness and quality of life.  This is especially true when multiple art forms & artists collaborate together.  In fact, you can literally expand your mind, build new neural connections, and grow your brain on the arts!

    This can be through an educational experience such as a class or workshop or by viewing a stellar performance from just a few feet away.  Young minds need these experiences to develop mentally & socially as well as improving confidence so they can do better in school and life.  Mature minds also need these experiences to stay fresh and diversify their social (and neural!) networks.

    We also know that studies show “giving individuals repeated rewarding experiences with the arts over time is a necessary first step before other, more public benefits of the arts can be realized.  These other benefits include: exposure to new perspectives; sharpened learning skills among young people; expanded capacity for empathy; and stronger social bonds in communities.” www.rand.org/news/press.05/02.15.html

    “Artwerks DBA Fremont Abbey” is a very lean & limber 501c3 IRS registered nonprofit and we make sure your donation goes towards supporting arts programs & community building.  See below (and our About page) for more about the Abbey’s unique sustainability model & reuse of an old 1914 church building.



    Sustainable Finances

    Sustainability is not just about the environment or producing something with “green” technologies.  According to Sustainable Seattle, the classic definition of sustainability is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

    Sustainability isn’t measured simply in environmental terms (though we do a lot towards that too) but rather encompasses “the inter-connectivity among ecological, social and economic factors … (and) address the inter-generational nature of those factors.” [Thanks Fremont Brewing for the great wording on all this!]

    Our community event rentals (which do fulfill a part of our mission as well) cover all building expenses, rent & overhead so 100% of your donation can actually go towards Arts, Culture & Community Building Experiences for all-ages & Income levels.

    Our total budget in 2008 was $73,000, 2009 was $127,000, 2010 reached $140,000, 2011 was $176,600 and in 2012 we even grew our budget to $225,000, far exceeding original expectations. Pretty amazing to grow through a recession!

    We also leverage this amazing building to encompass our Abbey Partner nonprofit organizations and so total operations are typically nearer to $350-400k annually. Of course, the impact on the numerous other occasional partner orgs and artist groups is even greater!

    Church of the Apostles (COTA – a young Episcopal/Lutheran church) owns the building through the ELCA and uses it on Sundays primarily but the Arts Center only pays it’s share of building expenses which is below market rate rents. Thanks COTA for empowering our mission!

    See our About page for more on this new sustainable model of sharing an old building.

    We are definitely still growing towards sustainability, and you can help us in that goal.

    If you’d like to receive a more detailed financial report, feel free to contact us.

    View our Annual Report

    NOTE: If curious why we aren’t listed on Charity Navigator, it’s because we are below their $500,000 minimum donation level. You can request that they evaluate us or change that policy though!


    Again, if you’d like any more information prior to donating, feel free to contact us by email arts(at)fremontabbey.org or phone (206-414-8325)

    A very big thank you from,

    Nathan Marion, Director
    Abbey Board of Directors
    Abbey Staff & Volunteers
    And all of the participants in this creative community!