Below you will find information on:
- Webinar: “Employee vs Independent Contractor?” Tuesday, May 21
- Build You Nonprofit Budgeting Skills workshop May 21 and 31
- Audience Development Partnerships Funded
- French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline Approaching
- Two-day grants administration workshop in Billings
- The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging
- Does Arts Education Matter?
- Nonprofits: Organizations Innovating and Adapting to New Reality
· Idealware Best of the Web: May 2013
· Job Opening: Helena Symphony
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MAC’s The Art of Leadership Webinar: “Employee vs Independent Contractor?” Tuesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The high points of Montana and federal regulations regarding independent contractor versus employee status for non-profit arts/cultural organizations Click here for more information.
Build Your Nonprofit Budgeting Skills
Missoula — Tuesday, May 21, 9:00am- 12:30pm
Helena — Friday, May 31, 9:00am-12:30pm
Attend this important workshop and learn the fundamentals of developing, monitoring, managing, and reporting your nonprofit’s budget. From general operating funds to grants, restricted vs. non-restricted funds, overhead vs. program costs—and much more—all facets of nonprofit budgeting will be covered. Valuable worksheets, templates, and case studies will also be included. This workshop is ideal for executive directors, fiscal staff, and board members.
•Budget planning: why, when, who approves
•Reporting monthly activities to board members and funders
•Program vs. operating budgets
•Accrual vs. cash basis accounting
Jacki Frank, CPA, Shareholder, Anderson ZurMuehlen — Helena
Jan Schweitzer, CFE, CPA QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Anderson ZurMuehlen — Missoula
Audience Development Partnerships Funded
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Building Demand for the Arts
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts program supports organizations and artists in joint efforts to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre, and/or contemporary dance. Building Demand grants will promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of cooperation between organizations and artists. Organizations and artists are encouraged to be creative, imaginative, and expansive in thinking about these partnerships and what might be accomplished. Building Demand grants will be provided to at least 50 partnerships between artists and dance companies, theatres, presenting organizations, and/or select service organizations. In the current funding round, Exploration grants of either $20,000 or $40,000 (depending on the size of the host organization) will support hosted visits for artists during which artists and organizations are to begin to imagine and plan ways to build demand. Applying artists and organizations must have a prior history of working together. Intent to Apply forms must be submitted by May 31, 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and the application process.
Reminder: French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline Approaching!
Grant Deadline Approaching:
The application for the 2013 French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) program is due May 31, 2013. The application and program guidelines are available here.
About the Program:
A program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (“MAAF”) and FACE (“French-American Cutlural Exchange”), FAJE supports projects designed collaboratively by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz. Projects eligible for support can include creative residencies, composition, recording, performances, and other activities that develop new professional relationships and audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and the United States investigating forms other than jazz with artists who work in different music genres.
MAAF Staff conducted three webinars reviewing program guidelines and online application. An archived video of the final webinar can be found here.
American applicants should direct their questions to Josh Kohn, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Program Officer, Jazz & Traditional Arts firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montana State University-Billings and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants administration workshop in Billings, May 28-29, 2013. In this class you’ll learn how to administer government grants and stay in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. This training is recommended for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines.
Beginning and experienced grant administrators from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
We offer area nonprofit agencies a special tuition rate of $565. Please use code “MTNPO” to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
Tuition is $595 and includes Grant Writing USA’s 400-page grant management workbook and reference guide. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.
More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here. If you prefer friendly, personal service, please call or write:
Grantmakers in the Arts
The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging
Finding Common Ground
This is a blog by Peter DeWitt, an elementary principal in upstate New York. I often find his posting worthwhile. This one is titled “Does Arts Education Matter?” – Beck
Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey of 5900+ Nonprofits: Organizations Innovating and Adapting to New Reality
39% Will Change the Main Ways They Raise and Spend Money
You can download a summary of the survey findings and full results here:
Idealware Best of the Web: May 2013
The Idealware “Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions.
“Engagement is a function of listening to the customer voice, how they’re behaving and how they actually want to engage with us.” Don’t get trapped by the buzzword “engagement.” It can be a powerful metric for understanding your relationship to your constituents, or it can mean nothing at all.
There’s no doubt that many organizations are using cloud technologies in innovative ways. But, more specifically, what links might we find between the unique aspects of cloud technology, and the conditions and success factors for innovation?
We can’t assume nonprofits have the resources to provide high quality data about their own effectiveness. While that might seem like an easy and obvious thing for them to be able to do, it’s not—not in the least. Organizations pushed to provide impact data to get funding will provide something, but it’s not likely to be the high quality data or strategic metrics that would actually help them improve. How can we remedy this?
Next time you think about designing a technology platform for a community, don’t forget to take the time and effort and get the expertise you need to build the accompanying relationship infrastructure that will ensure the success of your investment.
The belief that Facebook is a “magic” solution for marketing and fundraising is false. Facebook is just one of many tools in your marketing toolbox. The social sharing nature of Facebook can be vital, and sometimes critical, to your marketing and promotions plan, but only if you’re willing, able, and motivated.
Don’t get discouraged by low traffic. You organization’s blog can help you demonstrate knowledge, expertise, and experience; feed your social media; and provide content for grant submissions.
While the focus of the article is on for-profit companies, it’s even more critical for nonprofit brands to be human. The success of any social program is ultimately determined by its ability to connect on a one-to-one, human level. That connection is even more important for your cause.
Unsure if cloud technology is right for your organization? This lighthearted animated video explains the basics of the cloud and how it can help an organization.
Research shows that by 2014 mobile device usage will exceed that of desktop and laptop computers. What does this mean for nonprofit organizations and online fundraising campaigns?
There’s a big hullabaloo lately about infographics, but what are they? How do you make your own? In this short video, research analyst Kyle Andrei explains the basics excerpted from Idealware’s recent free report, “Infographics for Outreach, Advocacy, and Marketing: From Data to Design.”
Director of Artistic Planning– see attached PDF for more information.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled; applications received before 1 June 2013, will be given priority.