August 23, 2017

James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation cordially

invites you to a unique convening of grantees 

facilitated by Grantmakers in the Arts


Thursday, October 5, 2017

(the day before the Oregon Arts Summit in Portland)


Eliot Center

1226 SW Salmon Street, Portland OR 97205


9:00 AM – Noon

Check in at 8:30 AM

Coffee, beverages, and breakfast pastries served.

Capitalization is having money to achieve artistic mission over the long term. It is synonymous with financial health and the resources needed to meet an organization’s mission.


"Learn the rules before you break them" is standard advice given to artists. This advice also applies to capitalization. An arts organization needs to be financially healthy before it can innovate and take risks.  


Conversations with Nonprofits on Capitalization and Community is designed to engage local arts and cultural nonprofit leaders in a dialogue about working with board, staff, and funders to achieve stronger financial health and vibrancy. The workshop provides a shared vocabulary between granters and grantees in hopes to deepen our knowledge and inform our organizations’ financial practices. This 3-hour session underscores the importance of planning and employing strategies to ensure organizations have the resources needed to fulfill their missions. To ensure a comfortable setting for participants to engage in a candid discussion about nonprofit finances, no funders will be present during this session.


Participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the mechanics of capitalization.

  • Explore the myths vs. the reality of capitalization

  • Identify the obstacles to financial health.

  • Discover how to diagnose the challenges faced by their organization.

  • Learn how to improve practices.


Participation by two or more senior staff and board members is strongly encouraged. Development directors may accompany the organization’s CEO, ED, and/or CFO.


This workshop is free with support from the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation


RSVP by September 25, 2017, to

The workshop is designed and presented by Rebecca Thomas, Principal, Rebecca Thomas & Associates; and Janet Brown, President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts.


For more information on the National Capitalization Project, go to:

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