Cul­tural groups to learn skills to help raise mil­lions

DeVos In­sti­tute pres­i­dent: Cul­tural sec­tor ‘in the fight of our lives for rel­e­vance.’

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By JAN SJOSTROM

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

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