With eight workdays to go in its annual fund drive, the Arts & Science Council has it work cut out to raise the remaining $1.8 million it needs to reach its goal.
The campaign, which began Jan. 26, has raised about $5.5 million, the ASC announced Tuesday. The ASC is "cautious but optimistic" that it can hit its target of $7.3 million by the campaign's close March 12, president Scott Provancher said.
"We think we have a good pace," Provancher said. "But in these campaigns, the last dollars are often the hardest dollars. So this is by no means a slam dunk."
This time last year, with the recession in full force - and with banks especially hard-hit - the 2009 campaign fell short of the ASC's goal by more than 30 percent. That was the sharpest drop-off of any arts drive in the United States.