'A Simple Guide to Institutional Fundraising in the Arts’ by Sarah Benvenuti
For an artist focused on creation, or a small organization of overworked staff, grant writing can seem like a nuisance at best or a mysterious other language at worst. Most grants guides are thorough, but confusing and dense with information.
In this short, 10-page guide, you’ll find the true basics of institutional fundraising from how to choose which grants to apply for, to how to cultivate relationships with funders, to how to write in a language that actually gets you grants.
This quick read walks you through the steps without overwhelming you with unnecessary information. For the beginner just learning about grants fundraising, to the veteran who can’t understand how foundations and government funders think, this guide will help you craft a lean institutional fundraising plan that makes the most of the little time you have.
Sarah Benvenuti earned her B.M in Music Education from Mercyhurst University and M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Having been the Director of Future Tenant Art Space in Pittsburgh, Special Events Manager at Arena Stage in D.C., Managing Director of Curious Theatre Company in Denver, and Director of Development of The Civilians in Brooklyn, she founded Benvenuti Arts, specializing in fundraising and management consulting for small and midsize nonprofits. Benvenuti Arts has worked with over 50 clients since its founding in 2014. Successes have included increasing fundraising income by 50% in one season; the creation of short and long term fundraising plans; paying down large accumulated deficits; and the successful execution of fundraising events. Benvenuti has participated in the Arts Leadership Institute of the New York Arts and Business Council, Impact Denver of the Denver Metro Chamber, and was an Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow. She recently rolled off the CMU Heinz College Alumni Association Board to serve as the first chair of CMU’s Future Tenant Alumni Network. Sarah has sat on various panels concerning arts management, real estate, emerging leadership, and creative partnership, and works with individual artists to help them fundraise directly for their art.
"Parity Productions talks the talk and walks the walk. Not only do they advocate on behalf of women and transgender artists, but they fulfill a true parity standard in their own work. It's my honor to work with an organization that is both supporting and empowering women and transgender artists." - Sarah Benvenuti