Arts Council, tech company team up again for fundraiser

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 05:47 PM

For the second year, the Durham Arts Council and are teaming up to connect local businesses with the non-profit arts organization.

Last spring, the arts council partnered with a new tech start-up to pilot's online platform that links local merchants with non-profit groups to drive business and generate philanthropic support.

That single-campaign pilot produced more than $23,000 in revenue to the six participating local restaurants, and raised more than $5,000 to support the Durham Arts Council (exceeding their goal). 

The platform has been relaunched this week. This year’s campaign  is titled “Fine Art of Durham Dining and Living – Spring 2013.” Participating merchants are 604 at West Village, Alley Twenty Six, Beauty and the Bull Spa, Bella Bean Organics, Mt. Fuji Asian Bistro and Sushi, Pop's Trattoria, Ristorante Vita, Taberna Tapas and The Pizzeria. 

The campaign will continue through March 29, and offers are valid beginning the date of purchase.   Offers feature discounts of up to 50 percent off at participating merchants, and up to 50 percent of the proceeds from purchased offers will be donated to the Durham Arts Council during the campaign.  

The web-based platform, created by Durham entrepreneur (and Durham Arts Council board member) Todd Atlas, contains features that allow a user to purchase a merchant's offer online. VivaHub instantly directs a portion of the purchase-price to the fund-raising cause. 

To find out more about the campaign, visit