Subject: EDN: Meet the Funders Tues. June 13

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Tues. June 13
Navigating the Changing Landscape
Thank you!
We are expanding our 4th EDN this season to invite Development Directors, and all others interested, in a double panel discussion with funders representing different types (government, individual, foundation and corporate) and different geographic/political levels (national, state, county, and town).

Learn what funders are thinking and how they are responding to different funding levels and priorities and join in the conversation. Email your questions in advance to have them included in the discussion.
PANELISTS to date include:
Rina Bakalar Town of Trumbull
Senator Bob Duff
Helen Higgins Connecticut Humanities
Juanita James Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Stuart Katz Cohen & Wolf
Kristina Newman-Scott Connecticut Office of the Arts and Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council

The cultural funding landscape continues to shift in many ways, as funders change priorities, resources are re-allocated, systems face increasing complexity, and communities articulate changing needs. In this environment, organizations can discover opportunities to initiate new strategies to work co-creatively with constituents and funders to support new programs as well as their own operations.

Arts and culture is funded by government agencies, individuals, foundations and corporations - operating variously at national, state, county and town levels. All funders have their own individual interests, values and beliefs and, as a reaction to external stimuli and internal changes, are often refocusing their priorities and realigning their vision.

As cultural organizations plan their programming and sources of funding, to which groups or individuals should they look for support? How can they develop and deepen relationships with these funders? How can cultural groups navigate the need to adopt new approaches, methodologies and suggestions from funders, with the need to continuously reinterpret their mission and sustain their annual expenses?

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County invites funders—with their different perspectives and beliefs about funding—and its arts and humanities constituents—with their questions about local and national developments—to participate in this conversation to increase the level of communication between funders and funded, and to assist organizations to think through new approaches they might need to adopt in the coming years.

QUESTIONS: Please send questions for the panelists in advance to

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