We’ve Been Selected!

Posted on September 5, 2018 by

We’re thrilled to share that the Jewish Museum of Maryland has been chosen as a grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program!

This invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations in cities like Atlanta, Austin, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C. and, of course, Baltimore. Through this $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support to us and our fellow recipients. But what we’re most excited for is the arts management training that forms the backbone of this initiative. For JMM, this training will be focused on improving our knowledge, skills, and capacity in both fundraising and marketing (along with strategic planning and board development).

“The timing couldn’t be better,” said JMM Director Marvin Pinkert, “we stand on the precipice of a new stage in JMM’s evolution and both the grant and the capacity-building training are critical to our plans for future growth.”

AIM targets arts non-profits because of the vital role that we play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies is developing curricula and will conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. We’ll be engaging in activities that strengthen our long-term health and goals. One-on-one consultations and implementation support with our leaders, including executive director Marvin Pinkert and Board Vice President Nancy Kutler, will set us up for success.

Requirements for participation in the AIM program include: reaching 100% board participation in fundraising; maintaining up-to-date information in DataArts; and raising a 20% match. We already keep ourselves up-to-date in DataArts and are well on our way to completing our annual Board Leadership Campaign – which leaves us just the opportunity to leverage this grant towards acquiring the requisite match.  This grant is unrestricted, which will allow us to use the funds to address our greatest needs.

This is going to be a truly exciting year. Make sure to keep up with all JMM has to offer by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!

About AIM and Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Since 2011, AIM has helped more than 500 small and mid-sized organizations in all creative disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance. Participating organizations reported significant improvements in board development, fundraising and overall income over the two-year program. Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program:

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

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