Local Arts Agencies Are Like Snow Flakes
Posted by Dec 08, 2011
No two are exactly alike. Each has its own strengths and challenges. Some are well funded Departments of Cultural Affairs. Some are small organizations with a shoe string budget. The rest fall somewhere in between.
We land into the category of being created in our city’s charter but stand as a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
What this means is we have to fundraise to deliver our programs and services and partner as often as possible. Both require patience, flexibility, and an innovative mindset to extend our reach into the community and get the arts to the people.
Partnership is often talked about like a simple and obvious solution; however, those that have taken it on know just what may lie in the details.
Partnerships in fundraising, especially cross sector, can prove even more challenging. But they CAN work.
As we enter into 2012, The Arts Commission will be heading into its second year fundraising partnership with ProMedica, a locally-owned nonprofit healthcare organization, and its subset the Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation. This joint effort combines the agency’s efforts with the Autism Collaborative to centralize services for children with autism and their families and the Arts Commission’s mission.