The League is in the final days of its Annual Fund Campaign. The Annual Fund is vitally important to the League and its mission. Last year we surpassed our goal and raised $53K. This year we set our goal even higher hoping to reach $65K. At this time we are at a respectable $40K and we still have a little over two weeks to go before we end our fiscal year.
The staff and I do our best to keep our juried and supporting members informed on all of the activities at the League. Most notably our Exhibitions, Fine craft galleries and Craftsmen’s Fair make up a large part of our communications. Needless to say there is never a lack of work to be done at Headquarters. It dawned on me that in the midst of our Annual Fund Campaign it would be appropriate to share with you what is happening behind the scenes on behalf of our organization.
The League was accepted and is participating in this program offered by the NH Center for Nonprofits. This program will help us identify how we can secure our position in the nonprofit world. Divided into a series of webinars, in-person workshops, and phone coaching sessions, the six-month program will take participating organizations through processes to:
- Develop a clearer understanding of their own dual bottom line – financial viability and mission impact
- Identify strategic imperatives for sustainability
- Receive professional advice and coaching to bring innovation and change to their nonprofit
- Offer an opportunity for advanced leadership development to board and staff
- Build capacity to fulfill their mission
We are about 1/3 of the way through the process and we are already beginning to see the benefits of this program.
Our database has been a challenge to our fundraising, development and outreach projects which affects every aspect in the business of operating a successful nonprofit. At this time, we estimate that we are approximately 40% through our data base update. This is revealing many opportunities to modernize the way we work in the office such as streamlining our application for the Fair, exhibitions and other events. We are also able to refine our data for grant applications and development (fundraising) efforts. We are looking forward to working with the new data base which is being tailored to support the unique needs of our organization and will save a tremendous amount of staff time.
Plans for our new website are well underway. We are now in the midst of the process to design and build the new website focusing on the needs of the organization and current website operating standards such as use on mobile devices. We are aiming to launch the new website in May.
As a self-employed artist and entrepreneur for over 30 years I am keenly aware of the cost of doing business and the needless waste which can occur with a lack of oversight. The staff at Headquarters makes every attempt possible to make efficiency one of our greatest priorities. We are regularly applying for grants and searching for funders for specific projects. The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair takes the majority of our attention and we strive to create a very well run and well promoted event which serves our juried members and the organization at large. However, the need for more revenue is constant and the Annual Fund plays an important part in our success.
I hope that these insights encourage you to support what we do on a daily basis to maintain and promote the importance of one of New Hampshire’s most iconic organizations, and the craftsmen we serve.
Thank you for your interest in and support of the League. We appreciate any contribution you are able to make to our Annual Fund – and if you have already donated, thank you again.
With your help we can reach our goal!
Miriam Carter, Executive Director