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In the coming weeks and months, GBCA is offering a number of opportunities to sharpen your skills (and hopefully success) with fundraising as well as applying for grants and awards.

Executive Director's Letter
Rest in Peace Lt. James E. Bethea
November 18, 2014

With apologies to The Beatles, it’s not really true that all you need is love. But nor is it true that all you need is money. That said, when you have a great idea, strong mission, and do excellent work, money is something we haven’t figured out how you can do without. In the coming weeks and months, GBCAis offering a number of opportunities to sharpen your skills (and hopefully success) with fundraising as well as applying for grants and awards.

On December 6, GBCA is hosting an Artists U/Baltimore grantwriting overview led by founder Andrew Simonet. This will be immediately followed by a Grantmakers Fair. The Fair is meant to be an (almost) one-stop shop where you can speak directly with staff responsible for the Baker Artist Awards, Rubys Artist Project Grants, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts' Creative Baltimore Fund, PNC Transformative Art Prize and Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, as well as The Contemporary's Grit Fund and theMaryland State Art Council's Individual Artist Award Program. It’s a great chance to gather intelligence from the organizations managing local grants and awards. Note to artists: both the Rubys Media and Performing Arts round and the Baker Artist Awards siteare now open for submissions.

For organizations, GBCA is hosting a panel of cultural grantmakers on January 14, 2015. Attendees will have a chance to hear directly from the leaders of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and theBlaustein Philanthropic Group. Our panelists are prepared with helpful guidance and will answer questions of participants. Stay tuned to learn more about this event and for RSVP information.

Ready for a deeper dive? Cultural organizations of all sizes in Baltimore have the unprecedented opportunity to participate in the world-renowned DeVos Institute of the University of Maryland—Capacity Building: Baltimore program. This free (yes, free), two-year program will train organizations and board members with classes, webinars, and monthly private consulting on all aspects of organizational management, including fundraising. The program was founded by Michael Kaiser, former president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Even if you missed the information session last week, be absolutely sure to check out the guidelines and parameters of the program and consider applying for one of the 20 slots. DeVos promises to have a groundbreaking impact on the sustainability of area arts, culture, history, humanities, and other organizations.

It was an exciting weekend for the Urban Arts Leadership Program as the intensives have gotten underway and participants were featured at a special “Meet the Fellows” event atMaryland Art Place on Saturday evening. I am extremely excited about the program and the amazing Fellows who have been selected for the 2014-15 cohort. You can check out the group on the GBCA website. Just as amazing are the experienced professionals and mentors who are leading the training intensives. We are incredibly grateful for their support and their willingness to share their wisdom.

All the best,

P.S. Oh, and speaking of money, it’s that time of year when we are all thinking about the worthy organizations we want to support. Please keep GBCA in mind when considering your charitable choices this year. The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation have offered GBCA a wonderful matching gift and you can help us meet their challenge!

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