Thinking Beyond Our Limitations: A Foundation Capacity-Building Collaborative

Wednesday, October 20, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Organized by Sharon Rodning Bash, ArtsLab program director, Arts Midwest; Sharon DeMark, program officer, The Saint Paul Foundation.

Presented by Vickie Benson, arts program director, The McKnight Foundation; Kathy Mouacheupao, executive director, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent.

Five foundations came together around a common question, found alignment, and created a strong collaborative to accomplish a robust capacity-building program designed to sustain the artistic work of small and mid-sized arts organizations, while increasing community benefit. Offering a diverse set of program elements and a holistic curriculum, the program is a robust tool for strengthening organizations and their individual leadership. Through this session, we will explore the value of 1) thing beyond our own limitations as foundations by seeking values alignment with other funders, 2) seeing our work through new lenses with multi-foundation planning and the execution of a multi-year initiative, and 3) thinking differently about capacity building in an era demanding rapid adaptation to change.

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