By joannearnold, Nov 23 2014 01:56AM
Fundraising is a daunting task. With any organization there is a lot of work behind the scenes. With that, there is no guarantee that the set goal will be raised. Usually there’s a tremendous amount of pressure for the goal amount.
Recently I was behind the scenes for the Broome County Arts Council, Heart of the Arts, 10K Challenge. As a member of the Board of Directors we were challenged to raise $10,000 in new donors for the United Cultural Fund. Not succeeding would eliminate $10,000 from a major donor. It was the biggest challenge we’ve faced in my 2 years on the Board.
I’m over the moon to say, “WE DID IT!” The Board rallied together & every member contributed a particular strength to make it fly. It took months of planning. This event proved how pro-active the Broome County Arts Council is and how strongly the arts are supported in the community.
The Heart of the Arts was held on September 22nd at the Doubletree Hotel in Binghamton to a full house of 300 arts supporters. All of the arts were represented from the visual to the performing. The evening staged performances that stretched many genres from jazz, to opera, to the alternative. It was a fun evening & the best remark I heard was, “this is like Binghamton’s Academy Awards.” It certainly was a special evening.
The marketing of the event was impressive. Kari Bayait shared her professional designing skills & came up with a lively & colorful logo for the tickets & media outlets. I was impressed with her efficiency because time was of the essence.
Yes, fundraising can seem like an endless chore but the “fun” in fundraising hits you when you least expect it. I’m proud to have been a part of the Heart of the Arts & in helping to achieve the 10K Challenge.