Category Archives: Fundraising

Where’s the puppy?

There’s a saying in the non-profit world regarding fundraising efforts. The question is “where’s the puppy?” The lovely beeble, ready for her vacation, originally uploaded by evemosher. What that means is ‘show me what I am paying for’ and ‘make it compelling.’ Ultimately it also means appeal to my heart, not my mind. If you are embarking on a fundraising drive, make sure you let people know what they are paying for and why. The best way to do that is to give concrete examples…

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A little bit of everything

One thing to think about when you are taking on your own public art project is that you will need to be a little bit of everything: Salesperson – you have to really be able to sell yourself and your project, you will sell to funders, presenters, neighborhood organizations, sponsors and other supporters. Marketer – part of being a good salesperson is being a good marketer. Find clear and compelling ways to talk about your work. Develop an elevator pitch (more on that later). Networker…

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The “F” Word

Yeh. I’m talking about it – funding. Always the elephant in the room no matter what kind of work you are doing. For people working on temporary or ephemeral public art it can be particularly tricky. Money!, originally uploaded by Tracy O. Not everyone can be funded be Creative Time or get a Creative Capital grant (as amazing as those two resources are). The work doesn’t fall under the purview of percent for the art and can be tricky to explain to granting organizations- it’s…

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