[Nonprofit Filter] Small-town arts council needs your help! We seek effective examples of 1) an "ask package" or a "leave behind" to use as a guide when creating our own, and 2) an affordable and duplicatable example of a simple artist's database/registry.
We are a small-town nonprofit arts council emerging from the fire and working hard to reintroduce ourselves as the arts authority in our region. We have many projects planned to this end. I see no sense in reinventing the wheel for solutions that already exist, and would appreciate your suggestions and/or links to creative, professional examples of the following:
1) A fundraising "ask package" or "leave behind" to provide to big potential funders. We imagine this in the form of a basic bound 8-1/2 x 11 booklet that includes much of what may appear in a standard funding proposal (history, misson, programs/activities, accomplishments, board information, calendar, etc) and possibly more. Perhaps in the style of an annual report? We may present it bound with a plastic comb binding so as to be easily and inexpensively revised and customizable. We seek some really creative ideas for content and presentation, as well as your input as to what has worked (or not) for you.
2) A searchable artist database to include the names of the ~300 talented artists in our community, along with complete profiles, artist statements, sample images, pricing, and contact information, etc. I've found many gorgeous examples
online. The kicker is, of course, the cost to create something like this. We have a $1,000 budget to hire a local web professional to do this. We want it to run itself when it's all done, so artists may create and update profiles all on their own.