Below you will find information on:
- Artful Manager webinar – How Art Works tomorrow 9-20
- Blue Avocado – 3 free webinars, discounted fundraising software – offers end Fri, Sept. 21
- Grants and loans for creative placemaking
- “Southern Exposure” grants announced – Helena Presents has one
- New Statistics on Giving
- Venues Shape Arts Participation white paper
- Developing Future Leaders report
- Creating a Social Media Policy
- 10 Reasons to Change your Broadcast Email Tool
- HR and Technology in the Nonprofit World
- Data Visualization and Infographics to tell your story
- 70 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits
- How Many Survey Respondents Should I Have?
- 9 Gmail plugins to Revive Your Productivity
- So You Want to Hold a Contest on Facebook?
- Learning from Crowdfunding Failures
- Four Job Openings – one Custer Co. Art & Heritage Center, Miles City and one w/ deadline of 9-28-12
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How Art Works, this Thursday
On Thursday, September 20, from 2:00- 5:30 pm Eastern Time, I’m thrilled to be coordinating a public forum at American University alongside my brilliant Arts Management colleagues. The subject is the tiny question of “How Art Works” to impact the lives of individuals, communities, and society. The occasion is the release of a new report …
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Blue Avocado It’s been a long, hot summer and now the presidential race is heating up, too. We think it’s time to cool off with some cool savings. Yes, it’s time for popular, money-saving special deals just for Blue Avocado readers. All deals end on 5:00 pm Pacific Time/8:00 pm Eastern Time on Friday, September 21.
Fundraising Software . . . only $99!
Exceed! Basic, the fundraising software that’s right-sized for smaller community nonprofits, is making their software available to Blue Avocado readers at this special price available nowhere else. Exceed! Basic is a compact version of Exceed! Premier, Telosa’s flagship fundraising software. Exceed! Basic manages donor and foundation records, generates thank-yous and to-do lists, and even interfaces with QuickBooks (yay!).
For just 4 days, from Tuesday, Sept 18 – Friday, Sept 21, Exceed! Basic will be available to Blue Avocado readers with budgets of under $500,000 for just $99. That’s an 80% discount from the regular price of $499. Click hereto take advantage of this special offer and to find out about discounts for Exceed! Premier.
Free webinar: Show Me the Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxes
Show Me the Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxesis a fast-paced live session with the great Kim Klein, and takes a fresh approach to how nonprofits can think about government funding, taxes, services, and advocacy.
Kim and Nonprofits Talking Taxes — a project of the Buiding Movement Project and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services — have taken their presentations to dozens of nonprofit conferences. Now you can participate from the comfort of your conference room or desk at this free webinar on Friday, October 26, 10 am Pacific (1 pm Eastern). Register by 5 pm Friday September 21! Reserve your free webinar seat now.
Free webinar: Nonprofit Sustainability: Understanding and Changing Your Business Model in 90 Minutes
Too often program goals are discussed separately from financial means, although we all know that both must be discussed together. Jan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman will present the methodology for doing so from the book they co-authored (with Jeanne Bell): Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. Friday, September 28 from 10:00 am Pacific (1:00 pm Eastern). Take a fresh look at choosing the mix of programs, earned income, and donations that will be sustainable for your organization. This model can be used as an adjunct to or substitution for traditional strategic planning. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat by September 21 or now.
Free Webinar “Talent Management Best Practices to Scale Nonprofit Impact”
Join us on November 8 at 10:00 am Pacific Time (1:00 Eastern) and hear from two nationally recognized nonprofits that used leadership development and talent management best practices to increase social impact. Rich Berlin, Executive Director of Harlem RBI (one of the Nonprofit Times’ top-50 nonprofits to work for in the US) and Christa Roth, Director of Talent at BUILD, are joined by James Shepard of consulting firm AchieveMission. At this webinar you will learn steps you can take today to strengthen your nonprofit, and gain access to valuable templates and tools. Blue Avocado readers can register for this event free only from September 18 – September 21. Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now.
Support for Creative Community Partnerships
ArtPlace is a collaboration of major foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions dedicated to accelerating creative placemaking across the United States. ArtPlace believes that art, culture, and creativity expressed powerfully through place can create vibrant communities, thus increasing the desire and the economic opportunity for people to thrive in place. Grants and loans are provided to collaborations involving arts organizations, artists, and designers working with local and national partners to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy. Priority is given to projects that enjoy strong local buy-in and will occur at places already showing signs of momentum, integrate with a community’s economic development and community revitalization strategy, and have the potential to attract additional private and public support to the community. ArtPlace gives some emphasis to applications from selected localities; however, applications are encouraged from urban and rural regions all across the U.S. Letters of inquiry will be accepted from September 17 through November 1, 2012. Visit the ArtPlace website to download the application guidelines.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation have announced the first round of grants (Helena Presents is in the group) in support of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America (“Southern Exposure”). The program is a new national initiative committed to building greater understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness and diversity of Latin America through the presentation of exemplary dance, music and theater artists from that region in communities across the United States. More info here: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/Southern_Exposure/Current_Projects.html
New Statistics on Giving
Venues Shape Arts Participation
Developing Future Leaders
As nonprofits have increasingly turned to social media, policies to govern their use have become the new frontier. It can be difficult for organizations to find examples that fit their needs. A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn’t do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis, freeing them up to think more strategically. But what’s involved in creating one?
If you’re looking for a new broadcast email tool for your nonprofit, there are a lot of different options to choose from. But how do you know when it’s time to change?
Whether your organization has just a few employees or a few thousand, its staff is its most valuable resource. To manage that resource effectively you need to track all sorts of information. How do you make sure that data is safe, accurate and easily accessible?
Best of the Web: September 2012
Amadie Hart takes an in-depth look at the difference between “data visualization” and “infographics,” and includes a few good examples of tools to help you create both.
You’re bound to find some useful tools in this astonishingly complete list of affordable or free tools that can help your organization online.
In this short video, Laura Quinn answers one of the questions most commonly asked by organizations putting together surveys.
Mashable offers the nine must-have plugins to enhance your productivity deep inside your Gmail inbox.
Kyle Andrei helps you navigate the confusing landscape of Facebook’s contest policies.
Paper Chase: Learning from Crowdfunding Failures
The Custer County Art & Heritage Center is accepting applications for Executive Director. This full-time position will direct this non-profit’s staff and education and exhibit programs in the visual arts. The center is located in southeastern Montana at Miles City.
Hudson Opera House – Hudson, NY
Office Manager / Program Associate
Please submit resume, cover letter, writing samples and at least three references by 9/28/12
Exempt / Full Time position
Hudson Opera House offers over 1000 arts programs annually for people of all ages including concerts, readings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and large scale community events. These programs take place during the day, evenings and on weekends and all staff members provide coverage for some programsThe organization operates 7 days a week.
The ideal candidate for this position will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and program related tasks and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. Must be well organized, flexible and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting a busy small office and an arts center of diverse people and programs. The ability to kindly interact with staff, visitors, and donors in a fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to working at the Opera House.
Work Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm.
Must be able work weekends and evenings as required in order to fulfill programmatic responsibilities. This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits including holidays, vacation, sick, personal leave, and health insurance. The position carries a starting annual salary of $38,000. See attached PDF for more info
Americans for the Arts is seeking a strong leader to design and execute programs that provide support and resources to those working throughout the county to advance the arts in their communities. To do so, the position designs, implements and oversees a series of programs and services to increase the knowledge, visibility, and engagement of professionals in the field of arts and culture. Candidates are expected to be knowledge experts on the full diversity of Local Arts Agencies and the organizations and individuals engaged in local arts development-their budget trends, programs, innovations, and their diversity of structures and organizational and leadership needs. He or she will lead a team that implements innovative professional and leadership development programming, convenings, on-line resources, peer networking opportunities, strategic partnerships and other essential tools and services. Interested individuals should apply by October 8 at: www.americansforthearts.org/go/careers
MUSE Artistic Director Search
MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, is a 75 member auditioned choir in the culturally rich city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1983 by Dr. Catherine Roma, MUSE is one of the most highly regarded women’s choirs in the nation. MUSE has built a feminist, collaborative culture and developed forms of democratic decision-making. MUSE is committed to increasing the repertoire of choral music for a wide range of women’s voices and seeks to continue the choir’s growth as a diverse musical organization supporting peace and justice issues.
Application Information: Applications accepted through October 15, 2012 (postmark deadline) See attached PDF for more info