Delivering Knowledge and Tools to Nonprofits
Michigan Cultural Data Project Training Coming to Battle Creek, May 25
On May 3, Michigan, through the leadership and support of several foundations, launched the Michigan Cultural Data Project (Michigan CDP), becoming the eight state to launch such a project.
Michigan CDP is the first online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. This unique system will provide arts & cultural organization with the tools necessary to analyze and benchmark financial and organizational data. By participating in the Michigan CDP, these organizations will be part of a successful and growing project that will allow the arts community as a whole to better articulate and provide evidence for the sector’s assets and needs, as well as its contributions to the state and the country. They can also generate reports to be included as part of the application processes to participating grantmakers.
This emerging national standard enables participating organizations to track trends and benchmark their progress through powerful reporting tools, empowers researchers and advocates with information to make the case for arts and culture, and equips funders with data to plan and evaluate grant-making activities more effectively.
Benefits of Participation
- Powerful reporting tools to track trends and benchmark against other organizations by discipline, budget size and geographic region;
- Streamlined grant application process to participating funders;
- Toll-free Help Desk and User Support assistance and free access (by phone) to a team of financial consultants specializing in accounting for nonprofits;
- Statewide on-location, web-based and online training.
Organizations can get started by visiting the Michigan CDP Web site www.miculturaldata.org. Free trainings about the project are being held around the state, and Nonprofit Alliance and The Arts & Industry COuncil will host a training at the WK Kellogg Foundation on May 25 for local organizations. Register online or view alternate dates near your area: www.miculturaldata.org