Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Practicing & Teaching Art: Balancing the Teaching Artist Career

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

For over a decade, teaching artists have been an integral part of the National Museum of Mexican Art’s art education team, delicately balancing their artistic careers and their roles as instructors teaching and empowering children to expand their knowledge and express their thinking and creativity through the beautiful language of the arts.

Through this engaging panel discussion, Chicago teaching artists Roxanne De Luca (visual arts), Ignacio Guevara (video, multi-media, theater), Anabel Tapia (dance), Victoria Martinez (silkscreen, fabric arts), and Chema Skandal (illustration, comic art) will share stories and insights of their experience as practicing artists juggling their career as artist and teacher.

Moderated by Nicole Marroquin, Assistant Professor in Art Education of the Art Institute of Chicago and practicing artist, this unique panel will explore the role and impact of the teaching artist in a community program and how teaching and creating art influence each other. Question and answer session will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Suggested donation of $5

To RSVP call: 312.433.3950

Workshop: Working with Donors to Cultivate Major Gifts

Polish the skills you need to take your individual fundraising strategies to the next level and secure major donors - Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Register now for Individual Giving 201, an advanced - level Donors Forum workshop that will help you refine your individual fundraising strategies and secure major donors. 

A major gift is a big gift - how big depends on your organization and the state of your fundraising efforts. In this half-day, advanced - level course, you'll polish the skills required to take your individual fundraising strategies to the next level. We'll help you define what a major gift means to your organization and cover the strategies you need to secure them.

Individual Giving 201: A Major Necessity - Working with Donors to Cultivate Major Gifts
Thursday, October 4, 2012
9:00am - 12:00pm
Donors Forum Large Conference Room
208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1535

$90 for organizations that belong to Donors Forum
$150 standard fee

Register Now!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LinkedIn Board Connect!

Exciting news, as announced at BoardSource Leadership Forum, LinkedIn has launched LinkedIn Board Connect!!!

LinkedIn is giving nonprofit leaders like you the tools you need to leverage your own networks to find the right skilled professionals to join your board. The program includes:

- Free access to Talent Finder, one of LinkedIn's premium accounts
- Access to an exclusive educational webcast
- An invitation to join the Board Connect Group on LinkedIn

To learn more and sign up for the program, please visit the LinkedIn for Nonprofit resource page.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Enjoyed seeing everyone at yesterday's meeting...and loved being in the beautiful new space!
Happy weekend! Savor the beauty in the transition of seasons.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Reminder: Sept. 21st Panel & Proposal Review Info

Smart Growth Grantees:

We will be scheduling site visits on September 21st when you come to the panel discussion.  Come prepared with a couple of dates that will work for you and any staff involved.  Site visits will be held during late September and early October at the Trust.

During the proposal review process Vanessa Johnson will be coordinating the site visits. You will receive a confirmation email from her after the panel discussion.

She will also review board, staff and participant demographics in your proposals and contact you as needed.  If you have any questions or updates on your organization’s demographics, feel free to contact Vanessa via email at:
I, Alma Rodriguez, will be reviewing the financials in your proposals.
If you have any questions or financial updates, contact me via email at:

I'll see you Friday!

FREE Webinar: Financial Roles for Non-Financial Staff

Another great webinar for everyone in a nonprofit, from the executive director to the receptionist, that has a role in financial management of the organization. Running a nonprofit is about more than just well-executed programmatic work; it is also about the organizational structures that need to be in place to help maintain financial sustainability.

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
Register Here

What you'll learn:

  • Each staff member's financial role
  • Twelve ways every executive director should be involved in the organization's finances
  • Three things every receptionist should do
  • Helpful tips for trustees, program managers, fundraisers and administrators
About the Speaker: Paul Konigstein, is a Principal of Mission First Finance. He has over 20 years experience in as a controller and CFO at arts, culture, education and international development not for profits. Mission First Finance.

Free Webinar: Growing Your Nonprofit List

Are you tired of being the 'best kept secret' in town? If so, then this webinar is for you! It is possible to grow a larger - and more engaged - audience to help you advance your cause. In this webinar, we'll be covering both online and in-person strategies for getting the word out and increasing your list size.

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Register Here

What you'll takeaway:

  • One often overlooked strategy to grow your list - just by making one minor change to something you're probably already doing
  • Ideas for getting your organization in the paper more often
  • Tips for getting the most out of the tree main social media platforms
  • The importance of partnerships for list building (and program impact)
About the speaker: Kirsten Bullock, CFRE, MBA is an author and nonprofit coach who works with entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders to help them involve more people in their organizations and raise the money they need. Bullock Counsulting, Inc.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Best wishes from DanceWorks Chicago

DWC is off and running in Season 6 having made our debut in Fashion's Night Out at Neiman Marcus/Northbrook, kicking off a new season of Dance Chance on Monday, and travelling to Michigan to represent dance in Chicago at Arts Midwest mid-week. Wishing everyone a wonderful start to your seasons. Hope to see some of you at the meeting on September 21st!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Webinar: Building Partnerships with Business

Employee Engagement and the Arts (The pARTnership Movement series)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm 

Even in the current economy, businesses are still searching for innovative ways to recruit and retain employees. Hear from businesses that recognize the arts can help solve these issues. Learn from the arts organizations and human resource managers who have successfully partnered for mutual success. 


Connie Valentine, President & CEO, Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville
Laurie McIntosh, Director, Member Engagement, Society for Human Resources Management
Jeff Tetrick, CFO Pinnacol Assurance

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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250 characters for outcomes and measures?   I do appreciate the encouragement towards brevity, but 250 characters?   That's not even 2 tweets....