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 organization in late 2008. To cover the costs of presenting educational and entertainment programs to the surrounding area, the group is a 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. 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 Elling House Arts and Humanities Center take every opportunity to apply for grants offered to arts and humanities organizations and have had some success.