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Churches and Sacred Places: October 26 & 27, 2020
On-line Retreat

  • October 2, 2020
Churches and sacred places continue to play a critical role in the health and wellness of our communities. They often act as overflow shelters for our most vulnerable citizens or as community gathering places for cultural performances or events. All the while, these buildings can be challenging to maintain. We offer this retreat in partnership with Partners for Sacred Places, a non-denominational nonprofit organization, to explore potential partnerships for existing churches and new uses for under-utilized church buildings. The Monday afternoon session will be followed by one-to-one chats with funders on Tuesday morning.
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Arts & Cultural Heritage: September 21 and 22, 2020
On-line Retreat

  • September 1, 2020
A lot of energy and good ideas flow when you connect arts organizations, theaters, historical societies and cultural heritage buffs. Do you have an underutilized public space that could be transformed through arts and cultural programming? Are you interested in finding ways to draw new audiences to your cultural facility or historic property? Are you interested in learning about funding opportunities for restoration, archival storage or offering new programs?  Whether the context is churches doubling as performance venues, historic sites hosting art installations, or industrial spaces being repurposed for community use, this retreat promises an interesting and inspiring mix of ideas and resources. The Monday afternoon session will be followed by one-to-one chats with funders on Tuesday morning.

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Navigating Uncertainty: August 25, 2020
On-Line Workshop, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • July 24, 2020
This workshop will examine the impacts and constraints on fundraising due to Covid-19 as it affects nonprofits in Vermont. We will explore fundraising possibilities for nonprofits and community groups with a focus on historic preservation, local gathering places, arts, culture, and education.  We will focus in particular on community-based organizations that are already planning or implementing campaigns for local projects. We will offer a presentation along with some examples, recommendations and data, and then discuss the concerns of participants.
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Sustainable Preservation: July 30, 2020, 9 am – 12 pm
On-Line Workshop

  • July 14, 2020
Join us for a three-hour session with top state experts on how to reduce the energy costs and carbon footprint of your non-profit or municipally-owned historic building. Learn the hows and whys of getting an energy audit, strategies and funding sources for efficiency upgrades, and basic and advanced techniques for weatherizing leaky windows, doors, attics and cellars. For non-profits and municipalities. Presenters include the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Efficiency Vermont, VGS, and NeighborWorks.
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Navigating Uncertainty: May 19, 2020
On-Line Workshop

  • April 20, 2020
This Zoom workshop will examine the impacts and constraints on fundraising due to Covid-19 as it affects nonprofits in Vermont.  Most of our meeting will explore the possibilities for nonprofits that are not offering the initial basic needs of food, shelter and health care:  community groups in the areas of preservation, local gathering places, arts, culture, education and the environment.  We will focus in particular on community-based organizations that are already planning or implementing campaigns for local projects.
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