Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Nonprofit Capacity Assessment
Indiana Arts Commission
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), in partnership with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, surveyed Indiana arts and cultural organizations to identify capacity building needs. The results of the survey, Nonprofit Capacity Assessment: Indiana's Arts and Culture Organizations, 2010, found funding assistance, peer learning, technical assistance and collaborative activities to be the most desired priorities for the IAC to pursue. Other findings of the survey indicated that securing financial resources poses the biggest challenge for organizations, followed by networking and advocacy, marketing, programs and planning, information technology, human resources, and operations and governance. The analysis also shows that across-the-board challenges are the most severe for organizations whose entire mission is dedicated to arts and culture, those that rely extensively on volunteers, and those with board vacancies. To address the priorities that have come from the assessment, IAC will hold yearly technical assistance seminars. As a result of the assessment, the first seminars covered fundraising/constituent building and nonprofit leadership skill enhancement. To learn more, contact IAC Executive Director Lewis Ricci.
Million Plates for the Arts Campaign
California Arts Council
The California Arts Council (CAC) recently launched the Million Plates for the Arts campaign. The intent of the campaign is to significantly increase funds for CAC arts programs for California's children and communities through sales of the specialty arts license plate. To kick off the campaign, CAC council members were joined by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, representatives from The Creative Coalition, and artists from across the state for a special event at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Read the full text of the remarks from the launch, or view the video below. For additional videos, visit the CAC YouTube channel. For more information about the campaign, contact CAC Communications Director Mary Beth Barber.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP
Artist Designed Birth Certificates
Alabama State Council on the Arts
The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention/Children's Trust Fund recently collaborated to offer three specially designed keepsake birth certificates. A portion of the fees collected will be paid into the Children's Trust Fund, which supports programs and activities for education about and prevention of child abuse and neglect. ASCA facilitated the selection of three Alabama artists to illustrate and design the special certificates. The artists selected believed their art would be able to assist abused and neglected children and make a difference in their lives. To find out more about this collaboration, contact Alabama State Council on the Arts Public Information Officer Barbara Reed.
Idaho Commission on the Arts
To help the state's arts and cultural organizations remain financially solvent, the Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA) has begun to educate constituents about financial forecasting. In their latest strategic planning process, the ICA identified as a goal for the agency to provide "practical arts business management and arts-learning information to Idahoans." To achieve this goal, ICA has put a major emphasis on cash-flow analysis to help organizations understand their current positions and forecast beyond the immediate future. The initial training for applicants was possible because of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). ICA was able to start its work a year ahead of schedule because it required all ARRA applicants to turn in cash-flow reports as a part of the application packet. To help applicants with the process, ICA invited all eligible organizations to Boise to spend the day training with a special financial consultant on the ARRA application and cash-flow forecasting. In step with its long-range plan, within five years ICA will require all applicants in its Public Programs in the Arts funding category to provide a cash-flow report using their actual financial figures from the prior completed year. To learn more about ICA's cash-flow model for its constituents, contact ICA Executive Director Michael Faison.
Orientation Webinar for Decentralized Grant Panel
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is offering a series of webinars for panelists serving on the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). The PPA is a decentralized funding partnership between local organizations and PCA. With 16 partners and operating in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, the PPA supports a wide variety of local and community arts activities. In the past, PCA's funding partners would conduct orientation at their individual panel meetings. PCA developed this series of orientation webinars to communicate directly with panelists, deliver a standardized set of instructions, and save time and money at the partner level by providing orientation before panels convene in person. Find out more from PCA Deputy Director Brian Rogers or Program Director Lori Frush Schmelz.
NASAA works continuously to keep you abreast of the latest trends in the state arts agency field and let you know about innovative state arts agency programs. The State to State column provides a sampling of state programs, products and services for you to browse for information and inspiration. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this column.