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The Native Rhythms Festival is our way of honoring the Native American culture during the traditional Native American Heritage Month. We feel that it is appropriate to offer this event to the public at no charge, in the Native spirit of sharing our gifts, and to donate some of our proceeds to a deserving Native American charity.

To offer an event to the public at no charge means that we have to find other ways to cover the many expenses associated with putting on an event of this magnitude.

 
One source of income is the fees that our vendors pay to set up and offer up their wares to the public. But we are very sensitive to the challenges of being a vendor and keep our fees to a bare minimum, far less than we've experienced as a vendor at many events like this. Our promise to our vendors is that we will promote our event to draw out as many potential customers as we possibly can. In return, we are selective in accepting vendors and insist on only artists who turn out quality products. Visit our Vendors' Page to see the current list of registered vendors.
 
A second source of income is from our supporting sponsors. These wonderful businesses and individuals kindly donate money for nothing more than our expression of appreciation, and a little publicity. Without our sponsors, we could not stage Native Rhythms each year. We have a 5-tiered sponsorship program to recognize our sponsors in proportion to their level of support. Visit our Sponsors' Page to see the current list of supporting sponsors.
 
A third source of income is from the sales of event related products, such as event CDs and T-shirts.
 
Miscellaneous income is derived from on-site activities such as our silent auction and raffle, and our competitions. We also put out a "jar" (actually a very large representation of a flute) into which visitors may make a direct donation.

Each year our expenses seem to increase. Over the years, our arrangements with Brevard County for the use of the park and the associated power have changed and have added to our event expenses. The city of Melbourne has imposed new safety and fire requirements on our event, which increase our costs. And we also want to improve our program by bringing in more performers, many from further reaches of the country, which also costs more.

We know there are many flute enthusiasts around the country who truly appreciate our event and support our objectives. We thought that perhaps some of our enthusiastic supporters might like a convenient way to make a personal contribution to help us meet our financial challenges. So we're opening this page.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit

Hosting organization Native Heritage Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit organization under IRS code 501 (c) (3) of the Florida Statutes, State Document # N2000007847: Federal Employer Identification Number 36-4508361. All donations go directly to the NHGI general fund in support of Native Rhythms. None of the NHGI or Native Rhythms Festival board members, or members of either staff, receive any compensation. Your donation is tax deductible and we will gladly provide a letter affirming your donation on request.

To donate with PayPal

If you have a PayPal account, the process is easy:

  1. Click on the "PayPal" button below to go to PayPal.

                     
     
  2. Log into your PayPal account and click on the "Send Money" tab.
     
  3. On the form that appears, send your donation to: "NHGI-14@nativerhythmsfestival.com" and specify the amount you'd like to donate.
     
  4. Click on the "Personal" tab below the amount, and select either "Gift" or "Other".
     
  5. Click on the "Continue" button and complete the transfer.
     

Thank you for your support.

We are registered as a charitable organization with the state of Florida

Charitable registration number: CH19423. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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