Below you will find information about the upcoming MT Nonprofit Assoc. conference, Historic Preservation grants from MT Dept. of Commerce, VSA arts Young Soloist call for entries, a national dialogue on the National Endowment for the Arts, Board Cafe article: Should Board Members Be Required to Give?, Seven Ways to Reduce Your Audit Costs, Instant Messaging in Nonprofits: Catching On, Foster a More “Giving” Identity to Rouse Donors and Volunteers, online programs for arts organizations, access to American Indian Experience available from MT State Library and two job openings.
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Come one, come all to the MNA (Montana Nonprofit Association) Funders Plenary Session: Connecting & Reconnecting: A View From Foundations. Representatives from state, regional, and national foundations will share their experiences with, and expectations for, nonprofit collaboration, including examples of successful collaborative efforts they have funded in the past.
Also, don’t miss the Funders Panel Session “Foundations and the Economic Recession” in the MTc3: Looking Ahead Track.
Learn More and Register: Sept. 28-30 http://www.mtnonprofit.org/conference.aspx
Montana Department of Commerce is Accepting Applications for Historic Preservation Grants
(HELENA) – The Montana Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for a newly
established Historic Preservation Competitive Grant Program. Montana cities, towns, counties, nonprofit organizations and private entities are encouraged to apply for the more than $3.6 million available through the Program. The deadline to submit applications is November, 16th, 2009. See attached PDF for more information.
Announcing the 2010 VSA arts International Young Soloists Award Call for Entries
Since 1984, the VSA arts International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the United States who has a disability, age 25 and under, is eligible to apply.
U.S. APPLICANTS: All VSA arts United States affiliates implement their own International Young Soloists Award programs. Applicants must send their entry materials to the appropriate address for their state.
VSA arts of Montana
200 North Adams
Missoula, MT 59802
Applications must be received by no later than November 16, 2009 for United States musicians
Applications in English
Click to download the 2010 application guidelines
Click to download the 2010 application for individual musicians
Click to download the 2010 application for ensembles
WELCOME TO THE ONLINE FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF THE NEA AND ARTS POLICY FORUMULATION IN AMERICA.
Today we launch this ambitious six week national dialogue on the National Endowment for the Arts, and indirectly, on a national arts & culture policy. Scroll down to the last two blog entries for a complete description of this project, all the participants, and some of topics and subject areas that we hope will be covered.http://www.westaf.org/blog/archives/2009/09/launch_of_natio.php
SECOND PANEL UP ON THE NATIONAL FORUM ON THE NEA http://www.westaf.org/blog/
Should Board Members Be Required to Give?
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • September 14, 2009 •
Are board giving requirements a best practice or a bad idea? We report on trends and explore the real questions:
Few debates can rile up board members more than the question, “Should our board have a giving requirement?” Many of us know from firsthand experience that discussions addressing this question are often characterized by frustration, bewilderment, sarcasm, absolute certainty, or even anger.
Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer to the question, because having a requirement for giving does work for some boards, but not having a requirement works just as well for others. There are substantive, valid arguments to be made on both sides of the debate:
To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/434
Seven Ways to Reduce Your Audit Costs
Nonprofit Finance & Strategy • By Dennis Walsh, CPA • September 14, 2009 •
Too many of us think of audit costs as an expense to suffer, not to manage. CPA Dennis Walsh tells us differently:
Executive Director Blair Benson of the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, North Carolina, was hoping her audit costs wouldn’t go up much. With a budget of $340,000, there isn’t a lot to spare. But although she had expected an increase, she was stunned when her auditor said he would be increasing his fee by 40%. “An increase like this is something you just can’t build into your budget,” said Benson.
Audits are getting more expensive — have you noticed?
A survey of 160 community-based nonprofits in Guilford County, North Carolina, showed recent average audit fee increases of 9%, and noted that audit costs remain a significant burden to organizations. to read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/435
Instant Messaging in Nonprofits: Catching On
Word On The Street • By Jan Masaoka • September 14, 2009 •
Although we seem to be told constantly that we should be using Facebook and Twitter, a powerful application is quietly making its mark in nonprofits without much fanfare. Instant messaging (IM’ing) is the old-but-new tool that is moving from tech companies to Main Street and to nonprofits.
“Our organization uses IM’ing all the time as a quick way to have short conversations, ask questions, etc. without having to run down the hall every time,” says Hannah Wallisch of Danceworks (Milwaukee). “IM’ing is also useful when staff members are working from home, so they can still be in constant contact with staff in the office without tying up phone lines,” she continues.
IM is for grown-ups now to read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/439
Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/
+ Foster a More “Giving” Identity to Rouse Donors and Volunteers
Alice LaPlante previews some upcoming research on the role of “identity” in giving decisions. In Foster a More “Giving” Identity to Rouse Donors and Volunteers, she makes it clear that we have to take into account the performance and creation of people’s sense of themselves in our fundraising strategies. Yet another piece of research showing how much we have to learn about how our stakeholders relate to each other, rather than just to us.
National Arts Strategies
Organizational leadership for arts and culture
This organization offers many online programs for arts organizations on a variety of topics.
From MT State Library:
The American Indian Experience full-text digital resource from ABC-Clio/Greenwood is available statewide on a trial basis through December 20, 2009. Access information is below.
American Indian Experience (Trial)Subscription Dates: 09/14/2009 – 12/20/2009To Access Go To: http://aie.greenwood.comWhen prompted to login: Enter UserName: mtstatelibEnter Password: mtstatelib
Wyoming Arts Alliance seeks Executive Director: Letter of Interest and Resumes are being accepted for the Executive Director Position of the Wyoming Arts Alliance. No relocation is required as the position is flexible and can be facilitated from a home office. Applications will be accepted online by emailing resume/letter of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org To download the job description visit www.wyomingarts.org Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2009.
Director of Local Arts Agency Services, Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts believes that a strong network of local arts agencies (LAAs) is essential to advancing the arts in America. The Director of Local Arts Agency Services leads a team of professionals responsible for serving and advancing the nation’s 5,000 LAAs—the core membership and field service area of Americans for the Arts. The Director of Local Arts Agency Services is a foremost authority on the full diversity of LAAs—their budget trends, programs, innovations, how public vs. private or large vs. small differ, as well as their organizational and leadership needs. The director is responsible for creating and delivering programs and services that strengthen LAAs such as content for the annual convention, online learning and “how to” trainings, fulfilling technical assistance requests, producing publications, and ensuring peer-to-peer engagement through member affinity networks. For more info: http://jobbank.artsusa.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3186017