Cultural groups to learn skills to help raise millions
DeVos Institute president: Cultural sector ‘in the fight of our lives for relevance.’
Palm Beach County’s cultural sector is looking to raise some money. Make that a lot of
Arts groups have big plans, money.
According to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 31 groups are engaged in or considering campaigns for expansions or facilities improvements totaling more than $450 million during the next 10 years.
That’s in addition to what they need to raise to keep the doors open and programs humming.
Many Palm Beach County cultural groups with catalytic campaign ambitions have “little capital campaign fundraising experience and smallish donor bases,” said Jan Rodusky, chief grants officer.
That’s why the council has engaged the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to conduct a yearlong program of free consultations and training for 10 groups chosen for their compelling campaigns, readiness, commitment and other factors.
“The DeVos Institute is one of the best management consulting firms for nonprofits in the world,” said Jack Lighton, president and CEO of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in