About the EHAHC Non-Profit
The beautiful, historic Elling House has been used for artistic and musical presentations since 1876 when it was the Elling family home. In the spirit of continuing this tradition, the current owner of the house, Toni James, and like-minded community members formed the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center (EHAHC) organization in late 2008. To cover the costs of presenting educational and entertainment programs to the surrounding area, the group applied to the Internal Revenue Service for designation as a tax exempt, non-profit organization under the IRS’s section 501(c)(3). Under that statute, an organization must be operated exclusively for charitable purposes and none of its earnings may benefit private individuals. The group may receive donations that are tax-deductible to the donor. This designation was granted in August 2009.
The Elling House is a small, intimate venue with limited seating. Event seating is on a first come, first served basis. At admission-by-donation events, the first two rows are reserved for EHAHC members up to 5 minutes prior to the beginning of the event. Become a member today!
Donations and membership fees are gratefully accepted. The monies are used exclusively for expenses generated by the programs presented. Costs for refreshments, chairs for performance seating, facility utilities, special lighting needs, and traveling expenses for performers are just a few of the needs covered by the donations and fees. The board of directors of the EHAHC take every opportunity to apply for grants offered to arts and humanities organizations and have had some success.
The Elling House premises are leased from Toni James for events as selected by the board of directors. She graciously allows the use of this Victorian treasure to event audiences, and works tirelessly to see that programs run smoothly. Volunteers provide any other services needed.
Membership donations, gifts and grants have been used for restoration and improvement projects which primarily focus upon the performance areas of the EHAHC. These improvements have included a handicapped-accessible ramp and bathroom, creation of a gallery space, chairs, tables, theater lighting and an enlarged stage for the ballroom, audio-visual equipment, and commercial quality appliances for the kitchen. The George & Mary Grice Memorial Fund provides for the maintenance and restoration of the gardens and landscaping of the property. Future projects in consideration include the re-purposing of an old barn on the property as a facility for art and theater workshops and living accommodations for visiting artists.
The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center is a true example of the intent of the 501(c)(3) program.