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Demystifying the Fundraising Process

Benvenuti Arts is teaming up once again with the Indie Theater Fund and The Artist Co-op  to bring you another workshop: Demystifying the Fundraising Process. These seminars are designed to help independent artists and small arts organizations raise funds for the amazing work you’re doing by:

  1. Decoding the grant writing process,

  2. Helping you find and cultivate new donors, and

  3. Guiding you in creating a cohesive, achievable fundraising plan for your entire year.

The March 12 workshop is focused on the funding options available to independent artists, and how to plan for your future work.

The March 17th session is designed specifically for  organizations with a budget of $250,000 or less and a small staff  In addition to the goals listed above, this specific workshop will help you create a plan to achieve both your short- and long-term goals without taxing your jam-packed schedule.

You will leave the workshop with a copy of Benvenuti Arts’ A Simple Guide to Individual Fundraising in the Arts, A Simple Guide to Institutional Fundraising in the Artsand the beginnings of a practical fundraising plan. In addition, each participating organization and independent artist will receive one-on-one time with Founder Sarah Benvenuti!


Workshop Leadership

The workshop is led by Sarah Benvenuti, Founder and Lead Consultant of Benvenuti Arts. Sarah brings her operational excellence and fundraising skills to the table with experience that includes Managing Director and Director of Development of The Civilians, Managing Director of Curious Theater Company, and, currently, Benvenuti Arts. Since 2014, Benvenuti Arts has served over 60 small and midsize arts nonprofits in areas of fundraising and management. She has a B.M. in Music from Mercyhurst University, an MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and has taught workshops and lead panels on fundraising, real estate, and management in the arts.


Who should attend

There are only about 10 slots available for each workshop.

March 12th: Independent artists with  little or no experience in applying for grants, residencies, or fellowships, but who have a plan for the work they will be creating in the near future will benefit the most from this seminar.

March 17th: This  workshop is tailored to small arts s organizations:

  • Who have budgets of $250,000 or less;

  • Are 1-10 years old;

  • Have only 1 FTE staff or similar (i.e. volunteer-run, contract staff only, multiple part-time, etc); and

  • Have done some fundraising but do not receive consistent grants or maintain a consistent donor base.

What is included

Included in your fee:

  • Workshop on institutional and individual fundraising with practical, tactical output;

  • An Institutional Fundraising 101 workbook by Benvenuti Arts;

  • A short, but meaty one-on-one conversation with Sarah Benvenuti during the workshop  customized to your specific questions; and

  • A free, 30-minute consultation with Sarah Benvenuti, usable within 3 months of the workshop.


Fee structure

March 12 Workshop: $35/person.

March 17 Workshop: $35 for one staff member or $50 for two staff members.*

*NOTE: Staff members can include volunteers, Board, or anyone who will help manage fundraising.