Fundraising, development, grant writing, and sustainability are crucial components of any successful nonprofit cultural institution. Whether an organization is just beginning or is looking to expand, these sessions will help participants better understand development best practices that should be incorporated into an organization's daily operations. These webinars are designed specifically for small to medium sized cultural organizations and grassroots groups. Participants will learn sustainable fundraising strategies for our times; how to cultivate and maintain relationships with donors; develop a giving campaign; work with a fiscal agent; who to approach when looking for funding; and much more.
Fundraising in the Age of COVID-19
Anna Barber is President and Principal Consultant for Barber & Associates, a boutique fundraising consulting firm focused on helping non-profit organizations achieve their full fundraising potential. The firm specializes in campaign and fundraising strategy planning, major gift officer professional mentorship, and fundraising trainings.
Prior to starting Barber & Associates, Barber was a senior major gift officer for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) where she worked for 8 ½ years. She was part of NMAAHC’s inaugural fundraising team that surpassed its $270M private philanthropic goal by $50M. Prior to the Smithsonian, Barber spent 10 years working as a frontline fundraiser in college athletics at Michigan State University, Miami University in Ohio, and Arizona State University.
Barber earned a Juris Doctorate (Intellectual Property) from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Howard University.
Barber is an avid traveler and scuba diver.
Relevance and Sustainability During Times of Crisis
Vedet Coleman-Robinson is the Executive Director of the Association of African American Museums. Coleman-Robinson comes to AAAM from the National Park Service (NPS) where she served for eleven years as a Grants Management Specialist within the State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division (STLPG). During her time at the NPS, Vedet was the Program Lead for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant (HBCU) and the Underrepresented Community Grant programs for STLPG. She has devoted herself to helping bring voice to communities that lacked representation in the fabric, space and time of American history, and was the subject-matter expert in the STLPG Division on the policies and procedures of museums who were awarded grants. She also served in leadership roles within the National Park Service’s Employee Resource Groups to help foster and promote relationships and visibility of employees and sites that are underrepresented within the National Park Service and was often called upon for historic research studies that pertained to African American history and culture.
Brent Leggs leads the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a $25 million fundraising and preservation initiative to help preserve 150 sites of Black activism, achievement, and community. Envisioned as a social movement for justice, equity, and reconciliation, the Action Fund is promoting the role of cultural preservation in telling the nation’s full history, while also empowering activists, entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders to advocate on behalf of African American historic places.
During his 15-year career, he has led national campaigns to honor the American Civil Rights Movement, women’s history, arts and culture, and more. His expertise is strategic and master planning, social and ethnic issues, fundraising, partnership development, and branding. Brent has taught at Harvard University, Boston Architectural College and the University of Maryland. He is a Senior Advisor and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s graduate program in Historic Preservation.
Juanita Moore is a 40-year museum professional with experience as a curator, educator, administrator and a museum planner with three national museums. She has been a results-oriented strategic leader as President/CEO of the Charles Wright Museum, Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum, and Founding Director of the National Civil Rights Museum. Most recently Moore served as President/CEO of the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit, Michigan. As an entrepreneurial leader, Moore led The Wright, a city museum, through Detroit’s toughest economic depression.
During this time The Wright more than doubled its programs and community partnerships, increased membership, attendance and launched a successful annual fundraiser. The fundraiser, The Wright Gala, became a premier city event and in the fifth year alone raised 1.7 million dollars. Moore has served on numerous boards, including: The African American Museums Association, American Alliance of Museums, The American Association of State and Local History, and ICOM-US. She currently serves as a commissioner with the NC African American Heritage Commission.
Grant Writing Basics
Kimberly Kandros has worked in philanthropy, development and fundraising for nearly 20 years. During that time, she has raised over $40 million from federal and state government agencies, private foundations and corporations to support museums, historic sites and other cultural venues. She earned her BA from the State University of NY at Albany and her MPA from Florida Atlantic University. Originally from New York City, Kimberly has lived in Clayton, NC for the past 17 years during which time she has worked exclusively for the state of North Carolina.
Fundraising 101 for African American Heritage Institutions
Witnie Martinez is a non-profit consultant and serves as Chief Development Officer at Project Scientist. Her passion for helping non-profit organizations fulfill their missions comes from growing up within a low-income community and seeing the need for positive change. With more than 15 years of experience across all areas of the nonprofit sector, her consultancy work focuses on strategic revenue generation, integrated marketing and scaling impact. As a former teacher, Witnie believes that children and families in under-served communities, need to have access to quality and holistic educational experiences, along with the essential resources needed to break cycles of generational poverty. She holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, a B.A. in Theatre, and B.S in Health Sciences both from Florida International University; and a M.S. in Psychology and Ed.S in Leadership, both from Nova Southeastern University. After 17 years in Florida, Witnie now lives in the Charlotte Metropolitan area with her husband Ryan and two young children Brayden and Olivia.