CAW needs and is preparing for a $3-5,000,000 capital campaign in 3-5 years by laying the groundwork with increased fund development. The exterior of the Workshop building needs a major overhaul, and the roof, elevator and much of the studio equipment needs replacing. We are exploring options to accomplish these improvements while also making the building more energy efficient.
CAW needs to add to its endowment, which would enable us to draw down more on an annual basis. We need to bring staff levels up, both salaries and number of people, as we currently have administrative work being done in two major programmatic areas by volunteers and unpaid interns.
Work with the UConn School of Business and a new registrationsystem have enhanced to our service to our students. We continue to attract students from all over the region some from as far as Danbury, West Hartford, and Norwich. Community outreach includes classes at the three senior centers in New Haven, and we continue to offer galleryspace to high school students. We seek more opportunities to work with other organizations.
While our bi-annual gala remains our most successful fund raiser wealso held a concert, a retrospective of a student’s work; and participation in the GreatGive and other events are being planned. Our board is keenly aware of the need to diversify funding sources, and all of them have contributed to our fund raising efforts. The Celebration of American Crafts now includes a very popular fashion show that highlights the clothing and jewelry on sale. This past year we added a demonstration of table settings using the home decoration and ceramics in the show.
Concurrent with the events planned to raise funds are visiting programs, meetings with students and donors to discuss our goals and strategic directions, applying for grants to support our operating budget, and preparing for planned giving opportunities.
FY 2015 will be one of great transition for CAW. Executive Director Susan Smith retires at the end of 2014, and we’ve begun a new strategic planning process involving all stakeholder which will help us develop a new direction. A search for her successor will begin spring of 2014. This change brings both challenges and opportunities, and the Board is taking full advantage of the time she has given us to plan for the transition.
Our Governance Committee is firming up needed procedures andworking on transition protocols and the new Board member orientation process. The Nominating committee has been charged with recruiting new Board members to replace those who have termed out.
The Board continues to govern in accordance with best practices. We have noted some long term challenges to be addressed within the next few years. Not the least is the need for significant improvements to our building which has been under continuous and demanding use since 1972. The projected cost of the work requires us to plan for a capital campaign within the foreseeable future.
This year marks the end of my tenure as the Chair of the Board, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this unique organization through this critical transition year. I look forward to continuing my volunteer work with the Workshop, my involvement as a student, and my support as a donor. This has been a treasured experience for me and one that I will remember with pride in the work that is done every day to bring the arts to everyone in the greater New Haven region and fondness for a precious community asset.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
We have been able to attract grants from small foundations that previously have not supported the organization. As mentioned in Board President's comments, the Board is committed to expanding its fund development efforts in a way that they have not done before.
Greater New Haven is home to a thriving arts community that includes theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. It is invested in its museums, historic preservation and the celebration of its members’ ethnic and cultural diversity.
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