What SCAFFOLD does:
Like scaffolding, we provide project-based support: there when you need the help, removed when the project is complete or on hiatus. Here is a list of the sorts of services Scaffold provides for organizations.
With a decade of successful executive leadership, we understand the day-to-day requirements of keeping an organization running, from financial management to programming, and from communicating to funders and guiding junior staff. Interim leadership can ensure smooth transition for your arts organization.
Programmatic and organizational health assessment.
As individuals, we understand the value of an annual medical check-up. Non-profit arts organizations can also benefit from an occasional assessment. Whether marking a key anniversary, embarking on a strategic plan, or facing leadership transition, getting a sense of how your organization’s policies and procedures (for both staff and board) match up against current best practices can be empowering.
Board members are often passionate about their organizations, but don’t fully understand the roles and responsibilities that board service entails. Board training sessions of varying length—tailored to the unique needs of your organization, can ensure that everyone is working for the same goals with clear understandings of expectations and best practices.
Volunteers are most effective when they have a full comprehension of your organization’s mission, vision, and values. To be sure that all volunteers meet the requirements to successfully work with your constituents, Scaffold can coordinate training sessions as needed.
Exhibition planning and curatorial services.
Strategic planning, including fundraising plans.
Grant research and writing.
What Scaffold doesn’t do:
Bookkeeping, accounting, audit preparation. We do like a good balanced budget, but some things are best left to those with specialized training. We can recommend some great folks!
Public art contract management. Again, we can make some recommendations, especially in the Washington, DC area.
Building and maintaining databases. But, you guessed it—we have a few names we’d be happy to pass along.
Corporate or individual fundraising solicitation. However, we can train your leaders and board members in current best practices, either one-on-one or as a group.
Capital campaign feasibility studies or campaign management. We can recommend some terrific firms doing great work in this area.