Guide Star: The Missing Ingredient in Your Major Gifts Effort

The Missing Ingredient in Your Major Gifts Effort

September 2011
Gail PerryReprinted from the Fired-Up Fundraising Blog
Do you ever feel like you are stuck in the office? The problem is—you’re not going to raise any money there.
You need to spend quality time getting to know your donors.
You’ve got to get out in front of donors.
Many of my colleagues complain that they just aren’t out making the calls on donors they need to make.
They know it’s the missing ingredient in implementing their fundraising plans
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Guide Star: The Missing Ingredient in Your Major Gifts Effort

Artists July 25, 2012


Artists,
Below you will find several items of general interest followed by opportunities for visual artists, musicians,
and writers.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
·        A CALL TO ARTISTS: FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD Missoula MT
·        Montana Film Academy Summer Camps
·        Making the Music on Your Website More Accessible to Your Fans
·        The Time is Now: Creative Writing prompts and Exercises
Regards, Kim
Montana artists can receive a free subscription to our State of the Arts newspaper by simply clicking through the following link;
Of General Interest:

·        A Victory for the Creative Economy

“In a surprise ruling, the US Supreme Court this morning upheld nearly the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, including the controversial individual mandate provision. We can now get back to the important work of implementing the law between now and 2014. This is great news for America, but it is an especially welcome development for the nation’s two million artists” . . .>>> For More
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SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR VETOES STATE ARTS COMMISSION’S BUDGET, BUT LEGISLATURE VOTES TO OVERRIDE
Read More about the Governor’s Veto
For the third time in three years, the South Carolina governor has vetoed the budget line item for the South Carolina Arts Commission. In 2010, former Gov. Stanford issued that veto, but for the last two years, Gov. Nikki Haley has zeroed out the commission. Since the legislature failed to approve the budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the governor’s veto still stood and effectively closed the commission—laying off all the staff. Luckily, the South Carolina Arts Alliance was prepared for the veto and had a plan in place to ensure that legislators voted to support the commission and override the veto. On July 17, the South Carolina House of Representatives convened and voted to override the veto followed by the Senate the following day. Thus, after a frightening 12 days, South Carolina again has an active arts commission. For more information, contact Senior Director of State and Local Affairs Jay Dick at jay@artsusa.org
Posted: 10 Jul 2012 09:00 PM PDT
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art seeks a Museum Shop Manager. Salary plus benefits. Weekends, evenings, and some travel required. Bachelors Degree or equivalent.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
221 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: (724) 837-1500  •  Fax: (724) 837-2921
info@wmuseumaa.org
KBH
Kim Baraby Hurtle
Percent-for-Art Director
Montana Arts Council
830 N Warren St, First Floor
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6639
Montana . . .The Land of Creativity
 
VISUAL ART
Call for Art
The Missoula Festival of the Dead
Zootown Arts and Culture Center
The 20th annual Missoula Festival of The Dead will take place this year on November 2nd. As part of our collaboration with The Missoula Festival of The Dead, The ZACC will be hosting a group show on October 12th. We invite you to submit a piece that is inspired by the Missoula festival, Dia de los Muertos, or your own interpretation of the cycles of life and death. If you are interested, please give us your commitment and an outline of what you plan to do by August 1st. Download a commitment form from our website, www.zootownarts.orgor email info@zootownarts.org for more info. We are looking forward to your amazing work.
Montana Film Academy Summer Camps
There are a few openings left in each of the one-week camps. The Animation Film Camp runs July 23-27 from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday and the cost is $200/student. The second film camp, Missoula’s Outdoor Culture, runs from August 6-10, 9am-4pm. For more information, contact the Montana Film Academy at 406.728.9380 or email: iwff@wildlifefilms.org
This summer, young filmmakers-in-training who want to learn how to make animated and documentary films, are gearing up for live action at the Montana Film Academy/Roxy Theater for a one-week intensive in hands on film training.
            The one-week intensive program runs for two weeks only — the first week stand alone workshop will focus on animation and the second on documentary film, emphasizing Missoula’s Outdoor Culture — bears, fairs and the wildness of Montana in all of its many forms.
            Students can sign up for one or both workshops. The animation workshop is one of the most popular workshops we offer, probably because more and more Internet films are animated and young people who are growing up on the Internet, see these films and want to learn how to make them.
            Students ages 10-14, will start by selecting their story, topic or issue, watch how other animators have put their ideas to video and then they’ll meet with animators themselves. From there, the students get into the hands-on process, creating characters, sets and finally filming and editing. The final day of the workshop is the premier event for family and friends.
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Musicians

Do you have a website?  Have you considered creating one with WordPress.com?

Here is an interesting thought on making your music more accessible.

From: Just Another WordPress Weblog

New Theme: Soundcheck

by Philip Arthur Moore
“Today I’m totally jazzed up to announce the launch of a feature-rich audio theme perfect for any band, artist, or musician on WordPress.com.
Designed by Luke McDonald of Press75, Soundcheck ships with a custom MP3 player that allows your visitors to browse, select, play, and skip through tracks right on your website. Also included in the theme is gigs and events functionality, four custom widgets, four custom page templates, and a variety of other theme options that you’ll love.”   For More >>  http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/new-theme-soundcheck/
Writers
Looking for some inspiration for those writing exercises?  Try this from Poets and Writers
The Time is Now
Creative Writing prompts and Exercises
“The most important and underrated factor in a writer’s success is discipline. Talent and luck always help, but having a consistent writing practice is often the difference between aspiring writers and published writers.
The advice we hear from agents, editors, and authors alike is always the same: Focus on the writing. However, finding the time and inspiration to write is not always easy. That’s where creative writing prompts and exercises can help. Writing prompts provide writers with a starting place, an entry point into their writing practice. Sometimes creative writing prompts and exercises result in a workable draft of a story or poem. Other times, they may lead to what can seem like a dead end. But having to generate ideas, being pushed in a direction where you wouldn’t normally go in your writing, and just plain putting pen to paper is often enough to provide that crucial dose of inspiration. . .”   For More >> http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises
Artists July 25, 2012

ArtPlace

Dear Colleagues,
Please see the attached press release and fact sheet regarding ArtPlace, a new collaboration of foundations and federal agencies, including the NEA, designed to position the arts at the center of revitalization of cities and towns.  The New York Times  ran the online story provided below.
The ArtPlace collaboration has just announced initial grants to 34 projects throughout the country.  The projects are listed by state in the attached press release.
ArtPlace has initiated its second funding cycle. A Letter of Inquiry posted today on http://www.artplaceamerica.org/  Submissions may be made through November 15, 2011.
Carol Coletta is the director of ArtPlace, based in Chicago, and she may be reached at: ccoletta@artplaceamerica.org  (312)264-6581
Best, Laura
Laura A. Scanlan
Director of State and Regional Partnerships
National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 722
Washington, DC  20506
The New York Times


September 14, 2011

Consortium Sees Arts as Engines of Recovery

By ROBIN POGREBIN

In the two years since he became chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman has been trying to make the case that art is an effective linchpin to economic development. Now in a broad effort to build on that thesis, he has helped to enlist an unusual consortium of foundations, corporations and federal agencies that will use cultural enterprises to anchor and enliven 34 projects around the country, from a struggling city block in Detroit to a vacant school in East Harlem.
The projects will receive $11.5 million in grants from the foundations and another $12 million in loans from the corporations under the program that is to be financed through the private sector but coordinated in part by federal agencies. The program, to be announced on Thursday and called ArtPlace, aims to integrate artists and arts groups into local efforts in transportation, housing, community development and job creation as an important tool of economic recovery.
“We really need to scale up the resources in the field,” Mr. Landesman said. “It is not going to be through Congressional appropriation.”
“We felt,” he added, “if we worked together and coordinated our efforts, it would have a multiplier effect.”
So in St. Paul the program will help underwrite efforts to stage more than 100 arts projects along a new light-rail line. In Detroit a stretch of Woodward Avenue will gain a music center, pedestrian greenways, improved museum space and a new building for start-up companies. And P.S. 109 in East Harlem will become a home for 90 artists and their families as well as 13,000 square feet of space for community and cultural groups.
Mr. Landesman helped to hatch the program just over a year ago with Luis A. Ubiñas, the president of the Ford Foundation, who is serving as the chairman of the ArtPlace Presidents Council.
“We need to communicate that the arts are as important as ever, that they can’t be left behind, that they can’t be dropped to the cutting-room floor,” Mr. Ubiñas said. “Too many people think of the arts as luxuries, as jewels, things that may not be necessary in times of need, things that can be put off. The arts are inherently valuable, and they’re also part of what’s going to get us out of this economic problem we’re in.”
The projects were selected by an independent review board after a request for proposals.
In Seattle, for example, a grant will help finance activities at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience as part of a larger effort to help the Chinatown-International District.
“We’re in an urban, ethnic neighborhood, with a high crime rate,” said Beth Takekawa, the executive director of the museum, which was founded two years ago. “It’s hard for all the businesses down here. We kind of live and die together.”
In San Francisco the real estate developer Forest City — together with Intersection for the Arts, an alternative nonprofit art space — is redeveloping four downtown acres in the Yerba Buena, Tenderloin and Market districts, converting properties like the old San Francisco Chronicle building, parking lots and vacant warehouses into film and digital-media businesses, artists’ workshops and cultural event spaces.
“Art is a critical component of what makes cities thrive,” said Alexa Arena, the Forest City executive overseeing the effort. “This is about looking at the life of the project rather than just the physicality of it.”
The foundations involved are the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Robina Foundation as well as an anonymous donor.
It is unusual for foundations to join forces in this way to back a single cause. “It seemed too important not to do,” said Don Michael Randel, president of the Mellon Foundation. “The support for the arts and humanities is fairly frail.”
The federal partners besides the National Endowment are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and its Domestic Policy Council.
While they do not provide financing, the federal agencies participate in the ArtPlace Presidents Council and its operating committee meetings.
The $12 million loan fund is being supplied by Bank of America, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.  The amount of the average grant is about $350,000.
Funds for the program are overseen by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a nonprofit lender and financial consulting organization. A second financing cycle starts on Thursday, with submissions invited through Nov. 15 on the program’s Web site.
ArtPlace likens its role to providing venture capital, seeding projects that already enjoy strong local support and connecting with an area’s development strategy to attract more private and public dollars. The endowment calls this approach “creative placemaking,” and has been promoting it for 20 years.
“We’re doubling down on the investments a city has already made,” said Carol Coletta, the president of ArtPlace.

ArtPlace

Arts Educators July 18, 2012


Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on:
·        Funding for live music performances for education and outreach from Heineman Foundation
·        Education Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently
·        National Park Service competition for students 13-18 in photography, poetry, and digital short film
·        Survey data investigating the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates nationally
·        National Guild Has Reopened Search for Program Director 
Information on unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
The Heineman Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina. The Foundation’s general areas of interest include the following: programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace; environmental research that will help prevent water degradation; live music performances for education and outreach; research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses; programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively; and programs that promote high achievement in music, science, and literature. The Foundation provides seed money for start-up projects as well as new projects within existing organizations. For the current funding cycle, applications must be submitted by September 1, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.
Education Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently

Applications are being accepted for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation’s Education Grants for projects that integrate the arts into educational programming. The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. The foundation’s Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs.

Educators may apply for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving project. Visit the grant webpage (http://mossfoundation.org/national-educators-awards-and-grants) to learn about last year’s grant recipients and funded projects and for information on applying for 2012 grants. The application deadline is September 30, 2012.

In commemoration and celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Park Service (NPS) announces a nationwide art competition in three categories: photography, poetry, and digital short films. The competition is open to students ages 13 to 18 and will be juried by professional artists. Submissions of artistic works are required to explore personal meanings of freedom and relate to nationally significant themes. The first-place winner in each category will receive a $2,500 academic scholarship. Second-place winners in each category will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship.  More info here: http://www.nps.gov/nama/forkids/expressions-of-freedom.htm
Submissions will be accepted beginning September 1, 2012 on the African American Experience Fund website. Submission details will be updated soon.
The submission deadline for all entries is Monday, October 15, 2012.
SNAAP 2012 Annual Report
The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) recently released its 2012 annual report highlighting the most recent findings from survey data investigating the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates nationally. The SNAAP survey intends to create a better understanding of student learning outcomes in arts education and provides information on how arts alumni use their training in the work force. Highlights from the SNAAP results, such as “77% of arts alumni report artistic technique as being important to their work,” are communicated through the SnaapShot dashboard.
JOB OPENING
National Guild Has Reopened Search for Program Director 
The National Guild has revamped its Program Director position and search and is now accepting applications and recommendations for this key leadership role.
The new Program Director position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional with a demonstrated commitment to arts education and knowledge of the nonprofit sector. We are seeking someone with a passion for and understanding of the arts’ role in transforming individuals and communities. Candidates may come from an arts education background or from a complementary field such as youth development, community development, social services, public policy, etc.
Working as part of our senior leadership team, our Program Director will help us  strengthen  and grow our programs and services for maximum impact, and develop our strategic priorities which include collaborations within, and beyond, the arts sector. 
Key responsibilities will be:
  • Developing and executing plans that support the Guild’s strategic priorities
  • Directing the production of our annual Conference for Community Arts
    Education and other professional development programs
  • Leading and managing re-granting programs; and
  • Developing the activities, discussions, and resources of our regional chapters. 
Please read our full job descriptionfor additional information and details on how to apply.
Arts Educators July 18, 2012

Arts Organizations July 16, 2012


Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
  • Funding for live music performances for education and outreach from Heineman Foundation
  • Innovative Contemporary Visual Arts Presentations Funded
·        Americans for the Arts has released Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
·        Interview with the Knight Foundation’s Dennis Scholl  – fairly long but many interesting bits
·        Five tips from idealware –  Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions
·        Four Essentials for Evaluation, aimed at helping grant makers and grantees improve outcomes
·        Two job openings
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
The Heineman Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina. The Foundation’s general areas of interest include the following: programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace; environmental research that will help prevent water degradation; live music performances for education and outreach; research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses; programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively; and programs that promote high achievement in music, science, and literature. The Foundation provides seed money for start-up projects as well as new projects within existing organizations. For the current funding cycle, applications must be submitted by September 1, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.
Innovative Contemporary Visual Arts Presentations Funded
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The purpose of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by supporting cultural organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. The Foundation is focused primarily on encouraging work of a challenging and experimental nature, while noting that the interpretation of those terms may vary from place to place and culture to culture. Grants are provided to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts.Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other relevant activities. The Foundation has designated one of its grants, The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award, to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to defending the First Amendment rights of artists. The next postmark deadline for proposals to the Foundation is September 1, 2012.Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.
Americans for the Arts has released Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a study of the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations across the country. As a highlight, the study reports that nonprofit arts organizations support 4.13 million full-time jobs and generate $86.68 billion in resident household income. A brochure, summary report and the full report are available for download. Local partners for Arts and Economic Prosperity IV continue to release local reports demonstrating the economic impact of the arts in their communities.
barry’s blog
Interview with the Knight Foundation’s Dennis Scholl
Dennis Scholl is the Vice President / Arts for the Knight Foundation.  He oversees the foundation’s national arts program, including the Knight Arts Challenge and Random Acts of Culture.  He is well known as a collector of contemporary art for over three decades.  Dennis is also the founder of a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of museums, including the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern and the Miami Art Museum.  He is a three time regional Emmy winner for his work in cultural documentaries.    Dennis is also the co-founder of Betts and Scholl, an award winning wine project.  He is currently a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow, focusing on the role of culture in community engagement.  Previously he was a practicing attorney and CPA.
This is fairly long but there are many interesting bits of info along the way – Beck
From idealware –  Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions
Beaconfire pointed us to this 10-minute video created by Google to describe the key bits of Search Engine Optimization to think about to ensure that your site ranks highly. Even if you’ve got a good background in SEO, it’s worth getting a refresher in case things have changed since your last deep dive into the secrets of SEO.
Why almost any nonprofit should be using a database to track their constituents instead of relying on Excel spreadsheets. And why those that already have one should be more diligent about using it. 
GuideStar points to an old, but still useful, set of detailed tips on how to fund technology projects originally brought to us by TechSoup. 
Nonprofit consultant Elaina Buzzell makes a metaphor out of a superhero to save the day for nonprofits whose project management skills are dooming their projects.
These social media opportunities go well beyond the typical ones with which we’ve all become familiar. Read them, learn them and take advantage of them. 
GEO’s Four Essentials for Evaluation
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) has published the guide Four Essentials for Evaluation,http://www.geofunders.org/publications/four-essentials  aimed at helping grant makers and grantees improve outcomes. The four headings of Lead, Plan, Organize and Share are further articulated in the report to help grant-making organizations excel in evaluation and improve relationships with grantees.
JOB OPENINGS
Director of Development Smuin Ballet
San Francisco, California
Smuin Ballet, a San Francisco-based ballet company with a $3.5 million operating budget, is currently seeking a qualified person for the position of Director of Development in this established, 18-year old non-profit organization.

The position requires the Director to oversee the operation of the department, working with an experienced staff of two.
See attached for more info
National Guild Has Reopened Search for Program Director 
The National Guild has revamped its Program Director position and search and is now accepting applications and recommendations for this key leadership role.
The new Program Director position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional with a demonstrated commitment to arts education and knowledge of the nonprofit sector. We are seeking someone with a passion for and understanding of the arts’ role in transforming individuals and communities. Candidates may come from an arts education background or from a complementary field such as youth development, community development, social services, public policy, etc.
Working as part of our senior leadership team, our Program Director will help us  strengthen  and grow our programs and services for maximum impact, and develop our strategic priorities which include collaborations within, and beyond, the arts sector. 
Key responsibilities will be:
  • Developing and executing plans that support the Guild’s strategic priorities
  • Directing the production of our annual Conference for Community Arts
    Education and other professional development programs
  • Leading and managing re-granting programs; and
  • Developing the activities, discussions, and resources of our regional chapters. 
Please read our full job descriptionfor additional information and details on how to apply.
Arts Organizations July 16, 2012