January 6, 2020


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Network for the Good

We’ve rounded up all the resources you might have missed! Here are our best guides, checklists, and templates of 2019:

1. New Donors: Getting the Ungettable Get
2. How to Engage and Activate your Nonprofit Board
3. Create a Fundraising Plan that will Propel Your Nonprofit
4. Board Bootcamp
5. Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices Workbook
6. Donor Segmentation Cheat Sheet
7. Donor Communication Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
8. Nonprofit Communications Planner
9. Fundraising in the Digital Age
10. How to convert Social Media Followers to Donors

 P.S. Have you read our new blog series? Ask a Fundraising Coach is our weekly advice column that tackles your toughest challenges in the world of fundraising, nonprofit management, donor relations, and more. We’d love to hear what you’re struggling with most, submit your questions to askafundraisingcoach@networkforgood.com.


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National Museum Advocacy Days – February 24-25, 2020

Approximately three months from now, dozens of museum professionals and supporters will gather in the nation’s capital to visit legislators and make the case for museums. MAM is planning to send 2 representatives, Deb Mitchell and Tate Jones to attend Museums Advocacy Day. Recently the field has been successful in fending off threats to federal agencies supporting museums. It is important to speak for the value of museums over and again. Legislators may not realize how their decisions affect museums if they don’t hear directly from their constituents. Small Museums Associations are composed of VOTERS. Let’s make our collective voice heard.

Exhibition: The Artist’s nature

Montana Museum of Art and Culture
January 17-June 20, 2020 

Monte Dolack is one of the most widely recognized and beloved artists in Montana. The artist marks his 70th birthday in the year 2020. Simultaneously, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture will celebrate it’s 125th anniversary. As the inaugural exhibition of the museum’s sesquicentennial season, the show brings together many original oil paintings, sketches, lithographs and posters, reflecting Dolack’s love of the natural world and blending his interests in storytelling and mythology with his profound sense of humor.View the exhibition at the University of Montana Paxson and Meloy Galleries PARTV Center from January 17-June 20, 2020.OPENING RECEPTION: Friday January 17th 5:30-7pm PARTV Lobby

Grant Opportunities

Montana Community Foundation Grant Cycle for the William B Pratt Endowment Fund

Montana Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the first ever grant cycle for the William B. Pratt Endowment Fund. This fund was established by William B. Pratt who has a life-long interest in Indigenous, Folk and Traditional arts, with experience as a musician working in the folk tradition and as a living history and production artisan in forged iron. This fund also honors his work in documentary and industrial film/video production, fostering community video efforts, and his extensive experience in grants administration, the development of arts and nonprofit organizations, and fostering philanthropy in the state.

We are moved by Bill’s generosity and excited to be his partner in philanthropy. We also think this grant opportunity might be particularly interesting for you and those you work with. This grant cycle will open on January 10, 2020 and close on March 21, 2020. Grants will range from $500 to $1500. Please see the attached information and follow the link this link: https://www.mtcf.org/william-b-pratt-fund to learn more about the fund and the grantmaking guidelines. Grant applicants may apply for one of the following fields of interest:

1. Montana’s Indigenous, Traditional and Folk Arts
2. The Production of, Education About and Distribution/Presentation of Media Arts
3. Strengthening the Fields of the Indigenous, Traditional and Folk or Media Arts

Please be sure to share this funding opportunity! If you have questions, please feel free to email or call me at jessica@mtcf.org or (406) 441-4950. To learn more about what we do at Montana Community Foundation, visit www.mtcf.org.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, MPA
Director of Operations and Grants Montana Community Foundation
33 S Last Chance Gulch, Ste. 2A,
Helena MT 59601
p 406.441.4950 c 503.488.9029

National Endowment for the Arts Grant Programs: FY2021

New grant program guidelines are now available online in the Challenge America and Grants for Arts Projects (GAP, formerly Art Works) categories, with the first GAP deadline on February 13, 2020

Included in the new guidelines are expanded project types for Local Arts Agencies, developed to reflect field feedback and the evolution of work by local arts agencies. 

A new video overview of Arts Endowment funding opportunities is available online. Please note that guidelines for the Research award opportunities will be available in January 2020 and the Our Town guidelines will be available in May 2020. 

Learn More

Professional Development Opportunites

K. Ross Toole Interviews

This is a wonderful resource. For those who have not had the pleasure of viewing Ross’ lectures, they are legendary. In 1981, MQTV filmed K. Ross Toole’s final lectures in the Montana and the West course he had taught for years at the University of Montana. The full series was edited into 20 half hour programs which MQTV broadcast in 1985. MQTV illustrated the footage with maps, graphs, photos, and live video that they procured from the University of Montana library, the Montana Historical Society, and other research entities. Each program investigates a different part of Montana’s history. https://scholarworks.umt.edu/toolesmontana/

2019 MHS History Conference

Montana History Conference

The sessions for the 2019 History Conference are now on SoundCloud. This is an opportunity to enjoy the conference at your leisure.

Free Webinar Neurodiversity in Museums—Crafting Community for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Wednesday, January 15, 2:00 p.m. CT

The Museum Services Program of the Texas Historical Commission invites you to join museum professional and autism mom Jackie Spainhour as she provides insight into how museums of all sizes and scopes can adapt their facilities and programming to suit the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Jackie will share tangible steps that any museum can take, resources for best practices in engaging children on the autism spectrum, and will discuss how and why museums should prioritize these efforts. Register now for this free webinar.

This webinar is being presented in collaboration with AASLH. AASLH is offering a two-part webinar on January 7 and 23 on “Increasing Accessibility and Inclusion at Community Organizations.” Learn more about and register for AASLH’s webinars.

Job Opportunities

Site Administrator for Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

Do you have a passion for history, love working with historic buildings and museum collections, and enjoy managing complex operations? If so, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums (BHSM) of the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is looking for an experienced director to manage Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster County–one of PHMC’s premier historic sites. Further information about the position, along with requirements, salary range, and application materials may be found here: https://www.governmentjobs.co m/careers/pabureau/jobs/2649365

Applications Open for Librarians-in-Residence Program

For the third year, the Library of Congress is announcing a Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s national collections. Applications will be accepted from December 12, 2019 to January 17, 2020. Click here for more information.

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