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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.

Registration Deadline: September 14

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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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Libraries, Nonprofit-Owned and Public Buildings

  • February 17, 2020
With a strain on town budgets, what help is there to ensure that these critical facilities are maintained and well-used in an evolving environment? At this retreat, we will look at some of the particular challenges and opportunities for libraries, nonprofit-owned, and public buildings.
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Fundraising and Project Management

  • February 17, 2020
What are some techniques that community projects are doing to successfully fund-raise while enhancing the use of their historic buildings? Christine Graham of CPG Fundraising will be on hand to provide training in the area of capital campaigns and annual giving. We will also explore how to manage a rehabilitation project, work with grantors, contractors, and the community to help you get to success.
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Arts & Cultural Heritage

  • February 17, 2020
A lot of energy and good ideas flow when you put arts organizations in the same room with 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? 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.
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Historic Preservation & Community Development

  • February 17, 2020
The United Nations defines community development as "a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems." Historic Preservation plays an important role in community development, particularly when so much of Vermont's preservation work is focused in our downtowns and village centers. We offer this retreat for any nonprofit, for profit, community supported enterprise, or public facility taking on or exploring a building rehabilitation project or a project that strengthens their community.
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Churches and Sacred Places

  • February 17, 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.
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