Attention all start-ups!

by Jini Stolk

We’re delighted to release our newest Creative Trust Open Source Tool Kit Developing the Organization, which includes information helpful to anyone involved in starting-up an organization or major new project.

Developing the Organization focuses on Creative Trust’s one-year Development Phase during which we built the organizational infrastructure needed to launch our $6 million-plus Working Capital for the Arts sustainability program. Our “must do” tasks were similar to those of any start-up. This Tool Kit follows Creative Trust as we built our organizational structure; developed a business plan and extended budget; established an office; hired staff and developed position descriptions and employment policies; identified and cultivated board and advisory council members willing to participate in a major capital campaign; developed governance policies and practices; created a core communications strategy and materials; and more.

It was a grand challenge and an exciting ride, and I am grateful to everyone who was involved – with a special thanks to Program Development and Evaluation Director Peter Brown, without whom this work couldn’t have happened.

Other Tool Kits available on our website include: Exploring the Feasibility, Board and Governance, Grants and Awards Processes, and Expanding the Mandate. And don’t forget to check out our handbooks for producers and presenters of Audio Described and American Sign Language interpreted performances, which provide step by step guidance for anyone planning to open their programming to Deaf/hard of hearing or Blind/low vision attenders.

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