Recent Management Consulting Fund Grant Awards

FY 2020 Management Consulting Fund

In MRAC’s Fiscal Year 2020 to-date 27 Management Consulting Fund grants in the amount of $52,000 have been awarded. These grants of up to $2000 allow arts groups the opportunity to work with a consultant to strengthen an arts management challenge to the organization. The grants have a monthly deadline and are awarded each month.

Anoka County

Rumriver Art Center                      $2,000.00
www.rumriverart.com
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a succession plan for the organization.

Minneapolis

ARENA DANCES, Inc.                       $2,000.00
www.arenadances.org
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a 3-year business plan exploring opportunities to increase its income (contributed and earned) and profitability in order to achieve its long term program goals.

Art Shanty Projects             $2,000.00
http://www.artshantyprojects.org
Funding to hire a consultant to develop recruitment process for board positions through a lens of equity, racial equity, and inclusion.

Borealis Dance Theatre                 $2,000.00
www.borealisdance.org
Funding to hire a consultant to assist with strategic planning for the next three years.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project                       $2,000.00
www.reconciliationproject.org
Funding to work with consultant Dawn Bentley on the organization’s upcoming Executive Director transition and staff restructure. 

Lightning Rod                      $2,000.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help draft a decision-making structure and working agreements for the organization’s advisory committee and artistic leadership.

Metropolitan Boys Choir               $2,000.00
www.mbchoir.com
Funding to prepare the organization for the stepping down of its Founder, the Board of Directors will work with a consultant to identify critical issues that need to be addressed and specify solutions and next steps toward preparing for increasing the organization’s capacity and succession planning. 

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery            $2,000.00
www.maahmg.org
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a fundraising plan for the organization.

Off-Leash Area                     $2,000.00
www.offleasharea.org
Funding to develop a renewal plan for the organization.

Skewed Visions                   $2,000.00
www.skewedvisions.org
Funding to hire a consultant to assess programming, help create updated descriptions and timelines, and map out next steps.

TC Photo                   $2,000.00
www.tcphotomn.org
Funding to engage consultant Laura Holway to conduct an audience survey and focus organizational definition.

Twin Cities Media Alliance                       $2,000.00
www.tcmediaalliance.org
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate a board development retreat that will explore/define board dynamics, build on the existing board culture, and establish practices that will support that culture.

Uprising Theatre Company                       $2,000.00
www.uprisingtheatreco.com
Funding to hire Next in Nonprofits to hold two training sessions with Uprising Theatre’s Artistic Director and Board of Directors to educate on governance strategies and implement a new governance plan of the next two years of operation. 

Voices of Hope Prison Choir                     $2,000.00
https://amandakateweber.com/voices-of-hope/
Funding to hire a consultant to guide the development of an annual plan for FY 2020 and a strategic plan through 2022.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz                 $2,000.00
www.zpuppets.org
Funding to hire consultant Amy Danielson to gain new marketing skills and strategies to promote events more effectively and efficiently by developing a new marketing template for future events.

Saint Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac                 $2,000.00
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding to work with a consultant to develop strategic plans and provide staff training to increase the geographic and demographic diversity of sales outlets for the annual Saint Paul Almanac Anthology, and to develop corporate sponsorship support for Storymobile, the solar- and bike-powered traveling audio/film studio.

ArtStart                     $2,000.00
www.artstart.org
Funding to hire consultant Steve Boland of Next in Nonprofits to evaluate technology needs and to recommend effective and efficient solutions that will be implemented by staff and board.

Celtic Junction Arts Center                        $2,000.00
celticjunction.org
Funding to hire a professional consultant to help design and complete a written strategic plan for the next 3-5 years of the organization.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop                $2,000.00
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to engage an experienced Human Resources consultant to work with the staff and Board to define organizational priorities and structure related to staff compensation and benefits.

Mizna             $2,000.00
http://www.mizna.org
Funding to work with a consultant to build board capacity.

Nautilus Music-Theater                 $2,000.00
www.nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding to hire two consultants to design and implement and audience/donor survey to complement our Nautilus Genome Project, in preparation for developing a long-range strategic and succession plan.

Once Were and Again We Are (dba Northern Monday Films)
$2,000.00
www.northernmonday.com
Funding to hire a brand strategy consultant to work with Board to develop a brand strategy document.

Wonderlust Productions               $2,000.00
http://wlproductions.org/
Funding to hire a consultant to help identify where to target resources to sell the organization’s arts-based training labs more effectively.

Suburban Hennepin County

Maia Maiden Productions             $2,000.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan for organizational financial sustainability.

Suburban Ramsey County

Children’s Performing Arts                       $2,000.00
www.childrensperformingartsmn.org
Funding to hire a consultant to help evaluate, research, and plan the rebuilding of the organization’s website while analyzing how it interfaces with other software and programs used in the infrastructure.

Washington County

StoryArk                   $2,000.00
storyark.org
Funding to hire consultant Theresa Schuknecht to help transition from an outside bookkeeper to an internal one.

 

FY 2019 Management Consulting Fund

In MRAC’s Fiscal Year 2019 29 Management Consulting Fund grants in the amount of $49,425 were awarded. These grants of up to $1750 allow arts groups the opportunity to work with a consultant to strengthen an arts management challenge to the organization. The grants have a monthly deadline and are awarded each month.

Anoka County

Rumriver Art Center
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help evaluate, research, and plan the rebuilding of the organization’s website.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park
$1,400.00
Funding to hire a consultant to build the foundation to support the organization’s advancement toward becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization.

Minneapolis

DanceCo
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a marketing consultant to help the organization learn new social media and digital marketing strategies.

DJ-U
$1,750.00
Create a strategic plan to strengthen the organization with the help of consultant Lisa Marie Brimmer.

Grace Minnesota
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Betsy Altheimer to work on the Organizational Advisers Project, bringing on new organizational expertise to ensure future growth and stability.

Heart of Dance
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant team to oversee StrengthsFinder testing and leadership/staffing management.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to train staff on Salesforce “Lightning Experience” to build the organization’s donor base.

Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association
$1,650.00
Funding to hire a professional consultant to work with the board to draft a new Strategic Plan.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to train the organization on financial management and how to use Quickbooks.

Puppeteers of America
$1,125.00
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate an organization wide conversation around diversity and inclusion within the organization.

Rain Taxi Inc.
$1,750.00
Funding to review elements of the current donor development cycle, guided and coached by consultant Steve Boland of Next for Nonprofits, in order to identify more effective strategies for inviting audience members to become financial contributors.

Red Eye Collaboration
$1,750.00
Funding to work with a consultant from Propel Nonprofits to assess the organization’s current budget and cash flow documents, as well as receive training in financial best practices and communication.

Sparkle Theatricals
$1,750.00
Funding to hire Creation In Common to assist the organization in developing a work plan for the next 18-24 months that will integrate specific strategic capacity building priorities.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate a strategic work plan with their board and staff.

The Moving Company
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop policies and procedures around financial management.

Viva La Pepa
$1,750.00
Funding to work with independent dance consultant Michèle Steinwald to articulate the organization’s artistic and social justice mission in order to map out mission-explaining marketing materials.

Wavelets Creative
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to locate, organize, and identify various video and archival media files and establish organizational protocols for shooting, storing, labeling, backing up, and importing archival video files for editing.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Julie Bates MacGillis to facilitate exploratory phase of equity and inclusion initiative.

Young Dance, Inc.
$1,750.00
Funding to work with commercial realtor Hayden Hulsey to guide the organization in lease negotiations and advise in creating a sustainable plan for leasing and maintaining space.

zAmya Theater Project
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan for zAmya Theater Project.

Saint Paul

COLLIDE Theatrical
$1,500.00
Collide is seeking funding to work with cultural equity consultant, H. Adam Harris,

ComMUSICation
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to increase board development and establish governance processes.

Exposed Brick Theatre
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Donald Thomas to implement three steps of the Community First Communication Plan created in the spring of 2018.

Flux Casting Access
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Walter Cox to help the organization detail assets, create cash flow analysis and statements, and develop projected income requirements for the new non-profit.

Ladyslipper Ensemble
$1,750.00
Funding to work with publicist Amy Danielson on developing a strategy for a communications, public relations, and marketing plan to help increase audience engagement and target new listeners.

Suburban Hennepin County

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to create a strategic plan with the organization.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody
$1,750.00
Funding to work with accounting consultant Floyd Wellons as he provides guidance on the creation of fiscal policies and procedures for Brownbody, and reviews and makes recommendations on Brownbody’s general ledger entries and financial reports.

Washington County

StoryArk
$1,750.00
Funding to hire an attorney to work with StoryArk’s staff and Board to to finalize policy pieces and understand and implement accordingly.

StoryArk
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to analyze the website and recommend how to build a strong infrastructure that improves the speed, functionality, and content organization of storyark.org.

 

FY 2018 Management Consulting Fund

In MRAC’s Fiscal Year 2018 35 Management Consulting Fund grants in the amount of $60,980 were awarded. These grants of up to $1750 allow arts groups the opportunity to work with a consultant to strengthen an arts management challenge to the organization. The grants have a monthly deadline and are awarded each month; this list represents all the groups receiving funding in the fiscal year, not divided by month of the award.

Anoka County

Northern Starz Theatre                 $1,750.00
http://www.northernstarz.org
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a short term fundraising strategy that can be the first step in building a longer term organizational development strategy that will help with growth and sustainability of the theatre.

Carver County

Arts Consortium of Carver County                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to assist in the creation of an action plan to successfully launch and maintain a new space.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                   $1,700.00
Funding to hire an art conservator to develop a maintenance plan and train Caponi Art Park staff to clean and maintain the artwork on display at the park.

Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Inc    $1,750.00 
Funding to hire AMAZE professional diversity consultants to create a comprehensive diversity brand outlining TCCM’s commitment to diversity.

Minneapolis

Art Shanty Projects            $1,750.00
Funding to hire Table Fort Consulting to help implement a fundraising strategy as part of a comprehensive development plan to support strategic growth initiatives.

Frank Theatre                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Amy Danielson to provide expertise and knowledge of current marketing and communication practices to engage with and build new audiences while developing an overall organizational marketing plan.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra                   $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to work on strategy and planning for the organization’s future.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project     $1,750.00 
Funding to hire a consultant to review all financial procedures and develop a unified set of financial policies and procedures, including financial reporting, with IARP staff and board members to implement in upcoming fiscal years.

Minnesota Guitar Society              $1,750.00
Funding to work with a consultant to create a strategic plan for the future.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to do board coaching for ED/AD and key stakeholder and create documents for board recruitment.

Motionpoems, Inc.              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to lead an income analysis for Motionpoems to identify current and future Board/staffing and programming abilities, and how best to support those with sustainable funding.

MPLS (imPulse)                   $1,750.00
Funding to work with a consultant to develop a communications and marketing plan to help raise awareness and cultivate new audiences for MPLS (imPulse).

Roho Collective                    $1,750.00
Funding to work with consultant Julie Sand to address the fundamental organizational challenge of developing a solid Board of Directors.

Soo Visual Arts Center     $1,750.00
Funding to hire Creation In Common to work with board and staff to teach them their RAISE TOGETHER fundraising methodology, which includes a reassessment of the board and six months of ongoing coaching and support.

The Arts’ Nest                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire arts Next in Nonprofits consultants to lead a segmented communications and key messaging plan.

Saint Paul

Creative Enterprise Zone              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop the organization’s fundraising expertise and capacity

Exposed Brick Theatre                  $1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Donald Thomas to create a communications plan for the organization.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra                $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to review all business management systems that impact financial management and develop a unified set of financial policies and procedures.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to assess the technical needs for Fidgety Fairy Tales’ new performance space.

Minnesota Music Coalition                       $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help the MMC create a new strategic plan and facilitate a full day Board and Staff retreat to identify organizational goals that meet artist needs and create a long-term path to sustainability.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop                $1,750.00
Funding to hire an experienced development consultant to create a grant calendar focused on private foundations and train staff to research grant funding.

Minnesota Theater Alliance                     $1,750.00
Funding to enlist a consultant who will work with the strategic planning committee to complete the final steps of the strategic planning process.

Mizna             $1,750.00
Funding to hire Propel Nonprofit expert Allison Wagstrom to lead trainings around board duties and responsibilities, as well as guidance in understanding the organization’s financials.

Zeitgeist                    $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consult to engage in pre-planning prior to the creation of a strategic plan for DECADE FIVE, an ambitious commissioning project.

Suburban Hennepin County

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs               $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help create a clear long-term vision and define board members roles and responsibilities.

Chain Reaction Theatre Project               $1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Steve Boland of Next in Nonprofits to guide, train and help the organization build a funds development infrastructure.

Continental Ballet Company                     $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to assist in finalizing the strategic plan as well as create an implementation plan to move forward.

Prime Productions             $1,750.00
Funding to hire Lori Jacobwith from Ignited Fundraising to train staff in effective fundraising strategies for immediate funding needs and long term planning.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra                 $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to guide the Board of Directors and orchestra musicians in a process of developing and agreeing upon broad goals for the organization.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody              $1,750.00
Funding to work with a grant writing consultant who will guide the organization in meeting the fund development goals/projections included in a recently completed business plan.

Contempo Physical Dance       $1,750.00 
Funding to work with QuickBooks expert John Thew to create a cloud-based QuickBooks accounting system, replacing an Excel spreadsheet bookkeeping system, and to train staff on this new system.

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix               $1,530.00
Funding to hire a consultant to update, upgrade, and coach staff on bookkeeping system.

Children’s Performing Arts                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a plan for individual donor cultivation.  This will include the process for raising and retaining funding from individual donors.

Children’s Performing Arts                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop and formalize communication standards and expectations.

StoryArk                   $1,750.00
Funding to work with consultant Amy Danielson to develop a marketing and communications plan to help raise awareness of StoryArk’s programming and expand the audience for student produced literary magazine, webisode, podcasts, and short films.

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