Announcing Online Intensives To Address Fundraising And Capital Projects In The Pandemic Era

March 31, 2021

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The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce two online intensives designed for leaders of non-profit arts, culture, educational, and heritage organizations. The intensives, which will provide practical strategies for re-calibration during the pandemic era, are open to participants worldwide. The two intensives can be taken together as a package, or separately. Participation will be limited to 100 organizations per intensive.

Advancing Capital Infrastructure Projects During a Period of Uncertainty 

Pandemic-era tactics for new Building, Expansion, or Renovation projects

November 20, 2020, 11:00AM-3:00PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Led by Brett Egan, President, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland

The impacts of the pandemic on the arts, culture, humanities, and education sectors have been wide-ranging. They continue to present serious questions regarding the programming, operations, and finances of organizations worldwide.

For organizations with a physical project underway – whether that be the development of new infrastructure, or the renovation or expansion of a current facility – the ground is shifting.

In this online intensive, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management – a global leader in the planning, funding, and operating of new or expanded cultural institutions – will address the most pressing considerations facing organizers of capital projects in today’s unprecedented environment: 

  • Should we proceed using pre-pandemic assumptions for attendance, programming, and operating revenues?
  • Does our pre-pandemic design work in a post-pandemic environment?
  • What are the likely characteristics of a post-pandemic environment? What of this is relevant to the planning of physical site?
  • Does our timeline make sense? Is it feasible?
  • How will the pandemic affect our ability to raise the money needed for the investment?
  • How will a post-pandemic environment affect our ability to build the earned and contributed revenues required to support the investment on an annual basis?

  • Should we proceed, at all? Is the risk too great?

  • What, in any case, are best practices of which our project must be aware, pandemic or no? 

Registration fee: $179 per organization or project, for up to three participants; $300 for both intensives. 


Catalytic Fundraising in the Pandemic Era

Practical Strategy for Launching, Calibrating, and Completing Campaigns

November 23, 2020, 11:00AM-3:00PM (Eastern Standard Time) 
Led by Brett Egan, President, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland

In addition to its immense human and social toll, the pandemic and its impacts have placed extreme pressure on the finances of many non-profit organizations worldwide.

Amongst the most consternating questions is whether, when, and how to mount, or re-start a significant fundraising campaign.

This one-day intensive will address key questions and provide practical strategy for managing revenue development campaigns under today's extraordinary circumstances.

Three scenarios will be addressed during the intensive:

  1. For some organizations, one-time, emergency fundraising campaigns have been required to stem losses during a period when earned revenue ground to a halt. What has led to, or inhibited, the success of these campaigns during this period? What can we expect from short-term, catalytic fundraising efforts in late 2020? In early 2021? In late 2021? What will be required to be successful? 
  2. For others, major capital fundraising campaigns underway at the onset of the pandemic have slowed, or stalled altogether. What are reasonable expectations as to when, and how, such campaigns can re-energize or re-start? Will aggressive fundraising for capital projects be deemed unreasonable during a period of widespread economic stress? What will be required to motivate support for long-term projects when short-term, even existential concerns seem paramount? 
  3. Even others had envisioned mounting a significant campaign in 2020 or 2021 but were stalled at the onset of the pandemic. How long is “right” to wait to begin a new campaign, given the circumstances? What can be expected from the market if, and when, a campaign is eventually launched?

These, and other questions, weigh heavily on the minds of non-profit managers, fundraisers, and board members.

This intensive will address pillars of any catalytic fundraising campaign, while providing specific guidance on planning, mounting, and completing a variety campaigns in the pandemic era, including: short-term, bridge-gap campaigns; the development, renovation, or expansion of physical infrastructure; or the development of endowments, working reserves, or program funds.

Registration fee: $179 per organization, for up to three participants. $300 for both intensives.


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