Thursday, February 28, 2013

Creative Expo tomorrow and upcoming webinar!

Good morning SMARTies,

Just a quick reminder of tomorrow's Chicago Creative Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center. Do not miss the opportunity to engage with arts service organizations and your colleagues in the field. Also, the Expo is offering a range of workshops and awesome keynote speakers. Attendance to the Expo is FREE. 

March 1-2, 2013
10 am - 4 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Upcoming Webinars
FREE Webinar: How to Write Faster: Tips for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Topics that will be covered at the webinar; how to banish writer's block, where to invest your writing time, what to do before you start writing, how to streamline the review process. These tips can be applied to any type of writing that you have to create for your organization. Click here to learn more


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chicago Creative Expo is near...

Good afternoon SMARTies!

Mark your calendars for next week's Chicago Creative Expo. The Expo connects Chicago's creative community the resources they need to thrive.

Through Keynotes, Workshops, Vendors and more, get professional development expertise from top local and national providers.

Friday March 1 (focused on organizations)
Saturday March 2 (focused on individual artists)
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Admission Free

Take a Free Workshop - there will be more than 30 at the Expo on topics like Fundraising, Copyright, Placemaking, Websites, Kickstarter Campaigns, Board Development and more.

Each workshop is 1 hr. 

Click for more information.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DanceWorks Chicago at the Harris Theater!

Join us for a little afternoon delight and a special Valentine's Day treat when DanceWorks Chicago returns to the stage of the Harris Theater for Eat to the Beat. Dance, music, food trucks, and special drink deals...who could ask for anything more?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Nonprofit Leadership Breakfast Series

Social Media and Generation Y Donors: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Did you know?
The use of mobile technologies and marketing will experience explosive growth in the next 12 months" - State of the Nonprofit Industry 2012
  • 98% of nonprofits are on Facebook
  • The average value of a Facebook "Like" for a nonprofit is $161.30 over 12 months
  • Donations raised through crowdfunding increased approx. 91% last year.
Want to know more, and what it means for your organization? 
Then join us and learn from Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, SVP Public Affairs and Government Relations, Nielsen Company

Breakfast Details
When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am 
Where: Union League Club, 65 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604. Visit for parking info
Price: $25 per person

Workshop: Trends in the Arts Sector: Funder Perspective

Good morning SMARTies,

Here's a great workshop opportunity to hear and learn about the latest trends in the field from local foundation program officers who support arts and cultural nonprofit organizations. You'll learn about funder perspectives regarding best practices and the future direction of the arts sector.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Columbia College Chicago
623 S Wabash Avenue
Hokin Lecture Hall, Rm 109

Price: $45 (NPO budget < $250k) or $65 (for-profit/NPO budget > $250k)
Click to register

Moderator: Deb Hass, Principal Consultant, Serendipity Consulting
Panelists: Marcia Festen, Director, Arts Work Fund and Arthur Pearson, Director - Chicago Program, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation