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Tier 1 Training - Fairbanks, Feb. 9, 2012


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A copy of the presentation given by Jeff Baird about changes and the outlook to Rasmuson Foundation's Tier 1 program.

A copy of the presentation given by Jeff Baird about changes and the outlook to Rasmuson Foundation's Tier 1 program.

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  • School and church project have to have broad community appeal. In rural Alaska a school acts as a community hub
  • An active board: Expect board members to make a financial contribution to the organization at least once a year. We expect it to be a meaningful contribution. Time and money not interchangeable.
  • Do your board members feel strongly enough about the project to financially contribute to the organization
  • While not directly related to its academic services, new carpeting will help Open Arms maintain its professional appearance and create a more sanitary and healthy learning environment. Both are important and advance Open Arms' mission of providing quality care to its clients.Open Arms Development Center (Open Arms) was founded by the Zion Lutheran Church in 2000 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2005 to "serve young children and their families in the North Star Borough with exemplary infant and early childhood education." With a staff of 60, Open Arms provides early childhood education to 232 children ages six weeks to 11 years old, five days per week, 11.5 hours per day, including children with special needs and low income families. Open Arms also provides summer school classes which were attended by 62 students in 2010. About 30% of its students received some type of financial assistance last year. Open Arms received the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation in 2008.
  • Construction of 6-kilometer combined Nordic/multi-use trail in the Glacier-Winner Creek Valley
  • Generally for social service organizations.Can ask for it but should have compelling reason
  • BSAC requests $9,000 of an $18,000 project for gallery improvements and equipment purchases. Rasmuson funds will be used to install energy-efficient lighting in BSAC's back gallery, replace carpeting and to purchase a desk, office equipment, a Macbook computer and a digital camera.
  • This facility was critical to the Ionia model.
  • 10 of 90 Tier 1 applications
  • AKMNH requests $23,723 of a $24,073 project to perform a major technology upgrade. AKMNH plans to purchase five desktop computers, a new server, and other necessary components to upgrade the office infrastructure and provide networking capabilities. The entire technology upgrade project is being guided by a detailed information technology assessment, strategic plan and budget prepared by consultants of Design-PT, Inc. (the Foundation's technology consulting and maintenance firm).
  • FRM plans to purchase/ refurbish 22 computers, a new server, a back-up system, software and will make other infrastructural changes to accommodate the new equipment. The entire technology upgrade project is being guided by a detailed information technology assessment, strategic plan and budget prepared by consultants of Design-PT, Inc.FRM's 20 computers range from barely acceptable to completely inadequate and collectively have an appalling lack of RAM that hinders essential tasks. Additionally, FRM doesn't have an articulated data back-up process, possess dated and inadequate operating and virus-protection software and has an inadequate server.
  • From this should be able to tell who you are and what you do and what you hope to accomplish
  • Our communication about philanthropy is front and center in our work, and you can see four tactics on the front page of our website. First, our website prominently features stories written by literary artists about the nonprofit partners we work with. Not about our grants specifically, but about the role the nonprofit serves in communities or in the lives of individuals.Second, each week we post a blog post about an issue, a grant we’ve made, an accomplishment by nonprofit partner, or even an event that is upcoming. This is were we share what’s important to the organization in any point in time.Third, we have an active media relations program where we not only distribute news about the Foundation, and here you can see our press releases, but we also try to link reporters to interesting nonprofit stories in a more informal way to make sure the sector gets coverage. And fourth, we are active users of social networks to share stories and information and engage Alaskans in conversations about philanthropy
  • Great time to apply for a Tier 1 Grant; We want to make more awards in the Interior; Tier 1 Grants can be gateway to bigger things; Reach out to me if I can help in any way
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    • 1. Rasmuson FoundationWorking as a catalystto promote a better lifefor Alaskans.
    • 2. Tier 1 Training WorkshopJeff
    • 3. Grant TypesTier 1Tier 2Program Related InvestmentsPre-Development ProgramArt Acquisition FundHarper Arts Touring FundArts in EducationSabbaticalIndividual Artist Awards
    • 4. Tier 1 GrantsUp to $25,000Awards mademonthlyCapital, technology,capacity building,program expansionand creative works
    • 5. Last Year• 90 Tier 1 grants awarded• $1.6 million total ($17,777 average)• 60% outside of Anchorage
    • 6. Goals for2012Increase numberof awards madeby 25%Increase totalamount awardedto $2.23 million
    • 7. Who wefundAlaska-based501(c)(3)sGovernmentagenciesYear-plus offinancials
    • 8. What we don’t fund Who we don’t fundGovernment functions Schools and churches (generally)Operating expenses Individuals (except for artists)Deficits or debt reduction Organizations planning to redistribute fundsEndowments, scholarships, events or sponsorships Politically-affiliated or discriminatory organizationsReimbursements for itemsalready purchased;Emerging technologies.
    • 9. EvaluationCriteriaOrganizational track record and capacityAn active board;Community support and benefit;Sources of financial support;Project feasibility.
    • 10. How itworks90 day turnaroundOnly one openTier 1 at a timeEasy reportingprocessRepeat
    • 11. Think about:100% board givingCommunity benefitFunding diversityRight request?Operating expensevs. capital projectReadinessQ? Call first
    • 12. Types of Grants: Capital Grants Great way to start a relationship with the Foundation; 80% (65) of the 90 grants were for capital/renovations.
    • 13. Open Arms Child Development CenterProject description: Funding for new carpetingApplication Strength:• Strong support – 65% of funds generated locally;• Well articulated need – Kids + Nasty Carpet = BAD!Tip: Have you asked business for a nonprofit discount? Project Budget: Rasmuson Foundation: $13,320 Zion Lutheran Church $21,000 Plambeck’s Flooring $4,160 Total Project $38,480
    • 14. Girdwood Nordic Ski Club Trail construction • Secured funding: $351,929 • Rasmuson Contribution: $18,000 Application Strength • Work done prior to Rasmuson – Project was ready to go; • Ferocious fundraiser – wasn’t afraid of being told “no” Tip: Explain how you will maintain/sustain project. Funding Sources ContactedGirdwood 20/20 Anchorage Trail CareAnchorage HLB American Hiking SocietyIndividuals Conoco PhillipsState of Alaska Parks & Rec GCIAnchorage Parks & Rec REINational Park Service Atwood FoundationMoose’s Tooth Wells FargoAlpine Air Alaska U.S. Forest Service RAC
    • 15. Calypso Farm & Ecology CenterPatio construction and building renovationApplication Strengths:•Reputation of organization – “doing amazing work”•Volunteer labor•Partnership with school;Tip: Is there any way to partner on a project withanother community organization? Project Budget: Rasmuson Foundation: $13,912 Calypso (in-kind): $9,375 Calypso (cash): $1,024 School District: $100 Total Project $24,511
    • 16. Kenai Peninsula Food BankRenovation of Fireweed Diner’s kitchenApplication Strength:• Organization provides obvious benefits to Alaskans;• Long history with the Foundation. First grant made in1997 for $3,300.Tip: $25,000 awards are the exception. Project Budget: Rasmuson Foundation: $25,000 Total Project $112,000
    • 17. Technology Requests1. Start by calling staff;2. The Foundation will pay for technology consultant3. Applicant can submit a request after technology strategy/plan adopted.
    • 18. Fairbanks Rescue MissionTechnology upgradesApplication Strength:• Vetted technology list• Designated technology replacement fund• 3-year technology plan in placeTip: Technology consulting takes time andresources. Do you have enough of both takeadvantage of it? Project Budget: Rasmuson Foundation $18,819 Rescue Mission $20,315 Total Project $39,134
    • 19. Capacity building Funding to help organizations address critical internal issues. Examples include: Strategic/business planning, board development, feasibility studies, audience development.
    • 20. Alaska SeaLife CenterSupport to attend out-state conferenceApplication Strengths: Request contributed to ASC’s pursuit of fieldaccreditation. Had significant dollars designated for travel and personnel development.Tip: Request should be part of a development strategy. We do not like “stand alone” requests. Project Budget: Rasmuson Foundation $5,000 SeaLife Center $3,339 Total Project $8,339
    • 21. Creative Works Funding to support the creation and publication of films, documentaries, books, exhibits and other cultural works. Strong Alaska-specific context
    • 22. University of Alaska Foundation University of Alaska PressExpenses to publish book titled "My Wrangell Mountains”.Application Strength: Unique subject matterTip: Requests commonly have an educational component Project Budget: Rasmuson Foundation: $25,000 UA Press: $10,050 Total Project $35,050
    • 23. Program Expansion Funds to support growth into areas related to expertise; Broad impact.
    • 24. Anchorage MuseumFunding to support True North Art ExhibitApplication Strengths:• Natural fit with what museum is already doing• Sector leaderTip: These should be initiated by establishedorganization Project Budget: Rasmuson Foundation: $19,000 Alaska Air $4,000 BP $10,000 Alaska Design Forum $5,000 Total Project $38,000
    • 25. Connect with us
    • 26. Summary• SHOW ME THE APPLICATIONS!
    • 27. Copies of this presentation: Questions? Call us: Jeff Baird, 297-2831 JEFF BAIRD: