Arts Organizations July 10 2013

Greetings from the Montana Arts Council
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 Below you will find information on:
GrantStation Webinar:  Funding Rural America – Finding New Grants for Small Communities
Resources and current trends effecting rural funding will be addressed in this webinar presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation.
Thursday, July 18, 2013.
GuideStar Webinar:Filling the Gap When You Have a Vacant Leadership Position
July 30, 2013, 1 p.m. ET
Register for Filling the Gap When You Have a Vacant Leadership Position
Grantsmakers in the Arts: The Transformational Power of the Arts in Healthy Aging
Anne Basting, Founder and Director of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, and David Leventhal, Program Manager for the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease), will present. The webinar is co-sponsored by Grantmakers in the Arts, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the National Center for Creative Aging.
Monday, July 22, 2pm EDT / 11am PDT
Montana Office of Tourism– Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program Grant
Deadline: August 1
The purpose of the Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program Grant (TIIP) is to create and improve Montana’s tourism-related facilities so they strengthen Montana’s appeal as a visitor destination and provide quality visitor experiences. The grants help Montana non-profit organizations create new tourism facilities, enhance existing ones, purchase tourism-related equipment and preserve Montana’s historical and cultural treasures.
TIIP Grant Training Webinar July 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. To reserve a webinar seat: Register here for a Webinar Seat
Montana Office of Tourism Special Events Grant
Deadline: September 13
The purpose of the Special Events Grant Program (SEGP) is to diversify and enrich Montana’s tourism product by developing new and enhancing existing community-based tourism festivals and events. The goal of SEGP is to create and sustain economic development through the advertising and promotion of “hallmark events.”
Humanities Montana
The deadline for major grants (over $5,000), regular grants ($1,000-$5,000), and Film and Digital Media proposals is August 20th.
Humanities Montana will only consider Film and Digital Media proposals for projects it has previously funded and all applicants must talk with a Humanities Montana staff person before applying.
Also, effective June 1, Humanities Montana will not be able to consider Opportunity Grant applications for programs taking place before November 1.  Full information on grant guidelines and deadlines is available at Grants.
Missoula Arts Museum (MAM) is seeking an experienced & energetic Development & Membership Directorfor full-time employment with benefits, to lead MAM’s fund development activities. View job description at MAM’s website: To apply, please send cover letter detailing previous experience and specific reasons for seeking the job with resume and three (3) references via email to: Laura J. Millin, MAM Executive Director, at, (include Job Posting in the subject line).  Deadline July 26, 2013.
Director of Sales & Marketing, Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland, Washington
Overview: The Director of Sales & Marketing is responsible for leading the development and implementation of marketing strategies and tactics which help grow the organization. Specifically, this includes responsibility for the external promotion and internal cultivation of KPC’s brand, the development and strategic application of market research and competitive analysis, and the successful realization of sales goals for performances, facility rentals, concessions and other non-contributed income streams. To Apply: No phone calls, please. Send a cover letter describing qualifications and employment expectations, resume and a brief work sample to: or by mail to: Marketing Director Search * Kirkland Performance Center * 350 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 
The Oklahoma Arts Council, a state government agency located in Oklahoma City, is seeking an experienced leader to fill the position of deputy director. In addition to working closely with the executive director, the individual will supervise program directors, develop the agency’s strategic plan, manage HR functions, assist in policy development, provide budgetary oversight, represent the agency in legislative hearings and develop strategic relationships to promote the agency’s mission. For more information visit

From GuideStar

From National Arts Marketing Project
Cinda Holt
Business Development Specialist
Montana Arts Council
514 Winters Lane
Stevensville, MT 59870
406.777.1777 fax

Arts Organizations July 10 2013

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Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
·        Job Opening-Montana Arts Council Director of Arts Education
  • Resources for donor management systems from Idealware
  • “Thought Leadership” resources from Fractured Atlas
  • Two interesting articles from The Artful Manager
  • Reports on Big Data and on Valuing Volunteer Labor from NASAA
  • Article: Twelve Ways to Get a New Executive Director Off on the Right Foot from Board Café
  • NEA brief on support for Arts in Rural Communities :  See Attached PDF
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Job Opening
Montana Arts Council Director of Arts Education
July 8 deadline to apply

Donor Management Systems Toolkit

The connection between nonprofits and donors is undeniable and essential, but we know it can be a complicated relationship to manage. The key is having the right donor management system to help you keep track of them. But what does that system look like?
A donor management system is built to handle relationships between data—aka, your donors and gifts—to allow you to more easily track the people who make your work possible. So, there must be one magical system for you, right? Not so fast.
Navigating the choices you have when selecting a donor management system can be daunting. Some systems claiming to be donor management systems may not even specialize in that area. It’s complicated, and often organizations lack the time and staffing to undertake the proper research.
That’s why we’ve created The Donor Management Systems Toolkit to help you understand your options. Register now to learn how to best connect your donors.
The Donor Management Systems Toolkit takeaways include:
  • Learn about the features and considerations when choosing a donor management system.
  • Analyze your organization’s needs and the constituent data that you want to track.
  • Review a method of system evaluation and implementation.
As with all our training, it is backed by hours and hours of research, including the extensive work for the latest update of the Consumers Guide to Donor Management Systems due out in October 2013. 
The Toolkit begins with a 90-minute session on Tuesday, July 9 at 1 pm (EST). Six one-hour donor management system demos will take place on July 16-18 and July 23-25 at 1 pm (EST)—each led and critiqued by Idealware’s constituent database expert. The Toolkit wraps up on July 30 at 1 pm (EST) with a closing 90-minute session. Read more and register >>>
To get you ready for the Toolkit, we’re hosting a special one-hour session, New Trends in Donor Management, on Thursday, June 20 at 1 pm (EST). We will present a run-through of the top trends from our new research for the upcoming Consumer’s Guide to Donor Management Systems. Read more and register >>>
Fractured Atlas
Establish Your Nonprofit as a Thought Leader
One of the most effective ways for an organization to build awareness of their mission and to influence the communities they are trying to reach is to establish themselves as thought leaders in their fields. At Fractured Atlas, we have always been proud to be unapologetic advocatesfor a new paradigm in the way art is made and funded in this country. Caroline Avakian of SocialBrite outlines five steps to move your organization from passive observer to thought leader and field resource!  Be A Leader!: How to establish thought leadership for your nonprofit
The Artful Manager

Organizations don’t evolve, they cope

April 11, 2013 by Andrew Taylor 
I’ve been part of a rather long list of conversations about the next evolution of arts organizations. I’m not blaming anyone but myself, as I love those conversations. And I’m as frustrated as anyone at the current struggles of the field. The board-governed, professionally managed, mixed-diet (earned and contributed), high-fixed-cost nonprofit organization seems increasingly ill-equipped for its changing environment. It seems a creature of a previous ecosystem. It seems in need of evolution. Yet, therein lies the problem. …
The Artful Manager

Plato and the profitable artist

April 3, 2013 by Andrew Taylor 
We like to think that the tensions between profit and artistic production are issues of the modern age. But consider this conversation from about 2400 years ago:
Learning to Love Big Data
How can big data change the cultural sector? A new report from Nesta says that all levels of the sector, from nonprofit managers to government funding agencies, can benefit, but only if they buy into the idea that data collection and analysis are helpful, not a hindrance. The report, Counting What Counts, details how to make good decisions and powerful arguments for public investment based on big data.
How Nonprofits Should Value Volunteer Labor
A blog post from The Chronicle of Philanthropy encourages nonprofits to monetize the value of volunteer labor to make the most of it. Since people are more willing to donate time than money, according to the post, nonprofits should consider the extent donated time displaces paid time, the dollar value of the displaced paid time, and the cost of managing volunteers. One resource for calculating volunteer value is Independent Sector, a leadership network for nonprofits, which tracks, by state, the wage value of volunteering. For 2012, the U.S. average value was $22.14 per hour. Alternatively, nonprofits can figure the value of volunteer services by checking with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes wage data by area and occupation.
See Attachment
Board Café Published on Blue Avacado
Twelve Ways to Get a New Executive Director Off on the Right Foot
When a new executive is hired, the board usually breathes a huge sigh of relief. They have likely been working extra hard for weeks or months interviewing candidates or taking on additional tasks, such as managing a fundraising event or overseeing the audit. If you’re on a board, before you turn over the reins to a new leader, consider these fast ideas to help get the executive get started on a path to success:
Cinda Holt
Business Development Specialist
Montana Arts Council
Arts Organizations June 12 2013