Know Your Value: Fundraising Strategies for Artist Residencies

Know Your Value: Fundraising Strategies for Artist Residencies

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Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity — a new virtual workshop designed for the leadership, board, and staff of artist residency programs.

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Registration closes on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 8pm EST. Register early!

Know Your Value: Fundraising Strategies for Artist Residencies

Who has expressed interest in the resources and services you provide? How can you meaningfully engage your constituents to support your work? How do you translate your value proposition into a fundraising strategy?

In this session, you will learn how to create long-term strategies toward gaining (and keeping) fundraising support from corporate, individual and foundation sources. This workshop will suggest ways to build a fundraising strategy that speaks to your context and community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Reflect on your program’s unique value proposition
  • Evaluate your current fundraising strategy
  • Learn ways to build and strengthen relationships with stakeholders and audiences

Guest Presenters include:

Jennifer Shropshire, Non-Profit Consultant

Jennifer Shropshire consults with nonprofit organizations, guiding them through strategic planning, fundraising and board development projects. Her client list is a reflection of the rich landscape of nonprofits: hyperlocal, regional, and national; small and mid-sized; all sectors, including arts and culture, education and youth development, natural and built environment, human services, and community and economic development. Jennifer delights in meeting people where they are, helping them identify their sense of their own agency, and activating their solidarity for others. Jennifer has a wealth of experience serving as a volunteer on the Board of several nonprofits. Based in Philadelphia, Jennifer recently established Shropshire Nonprofit Consulting LLC after working for more than 25 years as a Principal with Edward F. Swenson & Associates, Inc.

Edwige Charlot, Director of Community Learning, Artist Communities Alliance

The Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity workshop series will help artist residency staff and leadership assess and strengthen all elements of their residency program, with a focus on Identity, Program Design, Stewardship, Resource Development, and Operational Excellence, the key areas outlined in ACA’s Five Pillars of a Healthy Residency Framework Rubric*, developed by Lisa Funderburke Hoffman.

This series will help you:

  • Sustain artist-centered experiences
  • Refine welcome and onboarding processes for artists
  • Manage your organization’s operations
  • Develop an equitable engagement strategy with your stakeholders and audiences
  • And more!

Click to learn more about the series here.

Click here to register for the full series.


Space for this session is limited. Registration closes on Wednesday, June 9, 2022 at 8pm EST (unless tickets sell out sooner). Register early.

ACA-member rates are $185 per session, $600 for the full series, plus Eventbrite fees. Join or renew your membership in order to receive the discounted rate.

Non-member rates are $260 per session; $900 for the full series, plus Eventbrite fees.

Full series rates are only available until Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8pm EST (unless tickets sell out sooner).


Flexible rates available to organizations that are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) led and founded; or led and founded by a person with disabilities. For eligibility these organizations also maintain a budget of $500,000 or less. If you would like further information on these rates, please email registration@artistcommunities.org with:

  1. Organization name
  2. Organization’s annual budget
  3. Workshop(s) you wish to attend
  4. ACA membership status
  5. A brief note explaining your eligibility


50% refund issued if canceling up to 3 weeks in advance of each workshop. No refund issued if canceling within 3 weeks of the workshop. Alternatively, you may instead transfer your paid registration to another member of your organization. Please email us at registration@artistcommunities.org to update your registration. The date for the 50% refund cut-off for this workshop is May 26, 2022.


All workshops will be captioned and ASL interpreted. ACA is committed to providing full access to all. Please send accessibility and accommodation inquiries and requests to programs@artistcommunities.org during registration.


What can I expect from this workshop?

Attendees can expect a mix of interactive exercises and as nuts-and-bolts information from our guest facilitators, as well as time in smaller group breakouts for discussion and networking. You will receive a participant packet the week of your session that outlines resources and prompts. We also welcome questions ahead of the session, sent to registration@artistcommunities.org.

Can I share my registration with my colleagues?

No; one registration equals one virtual seat. We will remove participants from the session who do not follow this policy.

I would like to split the series registration among different staff. Can we do that?

Yes; you may elect to send one staff person from your organization or program to each workshop. You must let ACA staff know who will be attending at least 7 business days in advance of the session. As with all workshops, one registration is meant for one virtual seat. Please send the following to programs@artistcommunities.org:

  1. Full name
  2. Title
  3. Email address
  4. Workshop title

How do I know if I am a current member of ACA?

If you are not sure of your organization’s status or whether your membership is current - drop us a line! Please write to programs@artistcommunities.org to confirm.

Can I pay by check?

Because registration tracking and event links are processed through Eventbrite, attendees must register through this portal. Eventbrite accepts credit card payments as well as PayPal. If you need to pay through your organization’s bank account, check to see whether it is linked to PayPal.

I need an accessibility accommodation that is not listed.

ACA is committed to providing full access to all. All workshops will be ASL interpreted and captioned and we are happy to engage other services as needed. Please send accessibility inquiries and requests to registration@artistcommunities.org by June 9, 2022.

Something came up and I can no longer attend my session. What should I do?

If you are not able to make your session for any reason, you may transfer your registration to a colleague or board member at your organization. Please let us know so we can update your registration: email registration@artistcommunities.org.

Alternatively we are able to offer a 50% refund up to three weeks out from each session if you are not able to transfer your registration to an organizational colleague.


Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) is the international service organization for artist residency programs and artist-centered organizations. ACA's mission is to advocate for and support artist residency programs as a means of advancing the endeavors of all artists. Founded in 1991, ACA currently has more than 250 members in 50 U.S. states and 20 countries, and works on behalf of 1,500 residency programs worldwide. Since 2004, ACA has provided more than $4 million in direct grant funding to artists and artist residency centers.

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