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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