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The era of winging it is over

by Jini Stolk Before you wrap up your 2012-13 marketing strategies, take a look at this post from Nonprofit Tech 2.0 on how much time and resources you should be devoting to social media. This one acknowledges the financial constraints of most nonprofits, but argues for investment in at least a part-time social media manager: […]

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The gender argument

by Jini Stolk Women are the predominant buyers of performing arts tickets according to every survey and across all disciplines (see Alan Brown’s extensive study for Major University Presenters for an excellent recent example.) They are also dominating digitally, according to the Huffington Post, which published an infographic from marketing firm Digital Flash NY showing […]

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Again, on boards

by Jini Stolk The huge response to my post When should a board fire itself – and to numerous other posts, tweets, and facebook comments on Factory Theatre’s firing of artistic director Ken Gass – is another indication of how forcefully a board’s actions can reverberate throughout the community, eliciting anger, questions, fears and, unfortunately, […]

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The Audiences Project…continues

by Jini Stolk Much of the work Creative Trust’s three-year Audiences Project has a life beyond the project: I’m particularly proud of the foundation we’ve laid for continuing work around arts education, arts access, diversifying audiences, and data bases and systems. Here are a few highlights: Arts Education: Both because of its fundamental importance as […]

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Funding opportunities for capital projects

by Jini Stolk The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Community Capital Fund (CCF) has just announced a final extension and new August 15 deadline for applications to revitalize facilities of nonprofit organizations that serve diverse cultural communities. Application Tips (pdf), Guidelines 2012 (pdf), Factsheet 2012 (pdf), Questions and Answers (pdf)

 The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund – an entirely new […]

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Congratulations to TDT and Sampradaya

by Jini Stolk It’s always wonderful to hear capital project success stories from Creative Trust members. Check out 80 Winchester Street! It’s looking beautiful. Toronto Dance Theatre and the School of TDT have been working with heritage architect Philip Goldsmith to restore their historic Cabbagetown home. Phase one of this project is now complete, and […]

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The F word

FoundationSearch (the firm behind BIG Online, my favourite funding source database) is offering a series of webinars on topics such as developing a case for support, prospect management, and the upcoming Secrets of Successful Grant Writing on July 31; it’s not too expensive, and there’s an early bird price through July 24. These sessions are being given […]

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And the award goes to …

You must have all heard the great news! Our own Jini Stolk was awarded the William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life at the Toronto Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch on June 21st. Congratulations to Jini on behalf of the Creative Trust board and team. We are so happy that her passion and […]

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When should a board fire itself?

by Jini Stolk We’ve all been reminded, following Ken Gass’s abrupt termination, that a theatre company’s board has the legal right to fire its artistic director. We’ve had less discussion about how and under what circumstances this legal right becomes the right thing to do. Creative Trust has spent many years looking at how the […]

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So you think you can attend dance performances Canada

by Jini Stolk “Dance Sees Remarkable Increase in Attendance” according to The Value of Presenting study on dance attendance in Canada, which says that dance attendance by Canadians has grown to 15% in 2011 from about 5% in 1992 to 7% in 1998, in the first Canadian national data on dance attendance available in 14 […]

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