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It’s time to write an update article as euphoria’s 2016 IRS Form 990 was released on the South Carolina Secretary of State’s website. The percentage of monies given to their specified charities is the lowest it’s been since 2013. Total expenses were $189,575 and of that, $34,088 was used for program expenses. This is more overall money than last year, but it represents a smaller percentage of overall expenses used. euphoria’s 2016 expenses were around $30,000 more than 2015’s, but only $4,000 more was donated to charities. Their fundraising costs were a staggering $396,378 in 2016.
This year’s euphoria is more expensive than ever and VIP ticket packages that reach into the thousands of dollars are being marketed as a good deal as if normal people can afford them. Once again, euphoria is dividing the Greenville community into the haves and have nots on who can attend. There aren’t heavily publicized, or any events that I can tell, to have the overall Greenville community take part in the “festival” like other large events that take place downtown. I put festival in quotations as a festival implies that it’s more open and welcoming to all people. They also give less money to charity than the other festivals do. Both Artisphere and Fall for Greenville both destroy the amount of money given and the percentage of expenses given to programs. Yes, they’re larger festivals but maybe that’s because they try to include all of, and focus on, Greenville and not just the top 1 or 2 percent and more out of towners than local residents.