Monday, February 15, 2010

For Nonprofits Only!
2010 Florida Fundraising Conference:
How to raise more money with Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube & other social media

(Fort Lauderdale, FL)—The 2010 Florida Fundraising Conference: "How to raise more money with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & other social media" will be held February 19, 2010 at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek, 555 N.W. 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Program details, including nationally recognized presenters and registration information, are available at the conference website,

"The full day program is designed to take all the mystery out of using social media for fundraising success," says Dr. Stephen L. Goldstein, one of the event organizers. "So many people in nonprofits hear all the buzz about using social media, and they genuinely want to get on board. But they don't know where to start. And while they're waiting on the sidelines and missing opportunities, others are actually raising money. We've designed the conference to give every participant a solid grounding—from the basics to more sophisticated uses of social media."

Katya Andresen of Network for Good (Washington, D.C.) lays the groundwork for the program. She opens the conference presenting "What to do before you even think of tweeting: The 11 steps to success with social networking and the six most miserable mistakes of social marketing." Skip Kimpel, author of the forthcoming Social Networking for Nonprofits: Making it work and making it matter, will take participants through a "social networking boot camp"—giving the nuts and bolts of venues from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to others. After that, he'll reveal his formulas for creating a social networking fundraising strategy. Peter Panepento of The Chronicle of Philanthropy will discuss a number of case studies, proving that nonprofits are using social media for fundraising—with success. Social media consultant Brian Ross Lee will reveal ways to take the guesswork out of using social media by showing how to monitor nonprofits' success with social media through Google analytics and other programs. And finally, Dr. Stephen L. Goldstein, consultant and author of 30 Days to Successful Fundraising and, will present "Social media and high tech fail without high touch: How to turn the 7 expectations of social media users into dollars!"

February 19, 2010
at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek,
555 N.W. 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Fees - Regular Price: $145
C-One will award two half-price scholarships in a drawing THIS MONDAY, Feb.15

For more conference info, visit or call 954-772-7868.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Announcement from Michael Spring

New Task Force on the Performing and Visual Arts in Miami-Dade County
The Board of County Commissioners created a new Task Force on the Performing and Visual Arts in Miami-Dade County to provide suggestions to help sustain the cultural community.

The Task Force’s first meeting for public input will focus on our community’s Major Cultural Institutions and Large Cultural Organizations and is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Miami Science Museum Auditorium, 3280 South Miami Avenue.

The Task Force is being chaired by Adolfo Henriques (who also serves as the chair of the Cultural Affairs Council). It will collect ideas and recommendations to accomplish this work by November 2009. We also will send you the notice of a future meeting to invite participation from medium-sized, small and grassroots cultural organizations. Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit written testimony that addresses the key issues being looked at by the Task Force. Please click on Task Force Survey to provide this information.

Participants in the Task Force’s work should focus ideas and suggestions on these central issues facing Miami-Dade’s cultural community, including

Factors affecting the sustainability of cultural organizations;
Trends regarding public and private funders of the arts;
Consolidation and collaboration strategies; and
Availability and usage of facilities for the arts.

Grant Resources:
Fifty Funders
Simply Grant Writing

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Arts Grants in Crisis in Miami

Many articles and emails have recently documented the crisis in the arts for Miami-Dade County, with the Commission considering elimination of all grants to 400 organizations.

We have long appreciated the tremendous support given by the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, undoubtedly one of the best such departments in the country. Without this funding, many organizations that we all know and love will not be able to continue providing their important programs, affecting artists, administrators, patrons, and perhaps most importantly children served by education, outreach, afterschool and summer programs.

If you can, write your Commissioner to ask for continued funding for the Arts in Miami-Dade. I will continue to update as news is released.

Now is an important time to seek additional sources of funding. Please consider these valuable resources:
Fifty Funders
Simply Grant Writing

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Message from Division of Cultural Affairs

Hello All,
I am sure you are all aware of the Economic Stimulus Package that was passed by Congress last month. This package included a $50 million allocation to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the Arts and American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The NEA has established a grant program to distribute $30 million and $20 million is going directly to state and regional arts agencies. The Division anticipates receiving approximately $393,000 of the $20 million to disperse to Florida arts organizations.
We do not have many firm answers for how this application process will work right now, but there are a few important points that I would like to make sure that you all are aware of. Please keep in mind that we will make every effort to keep you all informed as we get new information.
Please forgive the bullets, but I want to make sure these points are clear to all of you:
The Division must submit an application to the NEA by March 13th detailing the program that we will use to award the $393,000 allocation. This program is currently in development. Once our application is reviewed and approved by the NEA we will be able to give you more information about the process the field will use to apply and a timeline for implementation.
The focus of all funds in the entire $50 million allocation must be on job retention and job preservation. If you are considering applying for any of these funds this is what your application must focus on.
There are two ways that you may access the $50 million dollar allocation funds. You may only accept one grant award from this stimulus funding – regardless of how many applications you make to the various programs.
By applying to the Division (for a portion of the $393,000). DCA will be publishing program eligibility for these funds as soon as we have it available. We do know that this grant program will occur on a very short timeframe and must be handled on a quick turnaround. We know that you probably have many other questions about this, but the best advice that we can provide you to prepare right now is to look closely at how the current economic climate has affected jobs in your organization and how the loss of these positions has affected your organization in its core mission-driven functions.
By applying to the Southern Arts Federation (for a portion of the $20 million awarded to state and regional arts agencies). SAF is in the process of developing a program for distribution. For information as it becomes available, visit their website
By applying directly to the NEA or Local Arts Agency subgrant of the NEA (you will be applying for a portion of the $30 million that they are dispersing). To apply directly to the NEA you must have received a grant directly from the NEA in the past 4 years. If you have any questions as to whether or not you received an NEA grant in the past four years, please check the NEA website ( The deadline to apply for this is April 2nd. Please read the guidelines (located at carefully as there are stipulations on eligibility and awards.
Here is what you can do right now to prepare:
Register for a DUNS number (if you don't already have one). DUNS numbers are a unique nine-digit number that identifies your organization. This number is required to apply for these funds. The assignment is free and you can complete the registration process online at this link:;jsessionid=12C5F0D1CA3E3321C207C212AB3034B6. Please note: if you have any questions about the DUNS number, please use the contact listed on the link above for more information. Division staff does not have any expertise on the DUNS number or the registration process; it will expedite your request if you contact them directly.
Register for the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). CCR registration is the primary registrant database for the federal government, and will be another requirement for application to the stimulus funds. To begin the CCR registration process visit this link:
Again, I will be in touch soon when we have more details and specifics for you. Until then I wish you all the best of luck in your current programming. I look forward to working with you to ensure that this funding for the arts has the positive impact on Florida’s economy and our national economy as a whole that we all know is possible.
Thank you for all your efforts,
Sandy Shaughnessy
Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs

Friday, November 14, 2008

Grant Alert
Multi-Arts Production Fund
The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. The goal of the MAP Fund is "to assist artists who are exploring and challenging the dynamics of live performance within our changing society, thus reflecting our culture's innovation and growing diversity." MAP seeks especially to support work that brings insight and vibrant critique to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, or tradition. Applications for MAP support must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status. Nonprofit artist-services organizations may apply as fiscal sponsors on behalf of unincorporated artists or ensembles. The MAP Fund supports only artistic projects that contain or will contain a live-performance component. Support may be applied to any phase of a project, up to and including its premiere run. The touring of completed projects is not eligible for MAP funding. MAP is especially interested in providing support to work early in its development. Eligible projects must not have premiered in or outside the United States before September 1, 2009. All proposals are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria, which are weighed equally: the artistic strength of the proposed project; how well a project aligns with the MAP Fund's goal of supporting innovation in all traditions and disciplines of live performance, especially work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, form, or tradition; and the viability of the project based on applicant's professional capabilities as demonstrated by their proposal. Up to forty awards are given each year. Award amounts range from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $22,000. Application deadline: January 20, 2009.
Home Depot Foundation Affordable Housing Built Responsibly Grant Program 2009
The Home Depot Foundation, through the Affordable Housing Built Responsibly Grant Program, administers funding to nonprofit organizations whose missions align with the foundation's interests in supporting the production and preservation of affordable, efficient, and healthy housing. The foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities in the United States and to charitable organizations in Canada. To better support its mission, the Home Depot Foundation awards most of its grants by directly soliciting proposals from high-performing nonprofit organizations with demonstrated ability to create strong partnerships, impact multiple communities, and leverage grant resources. In order to identify potential future nonprofit partners or respond to unique community revitalization opportunities, a limited amount of unsolicited grant funding is set aside to be awarded through a competitive process. Preference is given to proposals that encourage community involvement and result in the production, preservation, or financing of housing units for low to moderate income families. The most promising proposals will incorporate a number of "green" building design practices. Also, in 2009, preference will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate how urban forestry strategies will be utilized to create healthier, more vibrant communities. The foundation makes Affordable Housing Built Responsibly grant decisions three times per year and grants typically range from $50,000 to $125,000 each. Letters of inquiry are due on March 1, 2009; and July 1, 2009. The foundation will consider only one proposal from the same organization per calendar year.