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Organizations receiving funding through Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio have been participating in the DataArts platform for about a decade. In addition to being a reporting mechanism to us and other funders, DataArts has used that information to provide data-informed insights and resources to the arts and cultural sector – for grantmakers, researchers, and individual organizations.
The recent merger between DataArts and Southern Methodist University (SMU)’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) brings together the data platform and in-house research expertise, and promises many future reports and tools for those who want to see the arts and culture sector thrive
One wonderful product of the new entity is the “Fundraising Report.” (View this webinar for the audio/visual presentation.) SMU DataArts will have a similar webinar on September 24, specifically on how board members can use findings from The Fundraising Report to understand the context in which arts and cultural organizations are working. Registration for that is open now.
Takeaways on their Fundraising Report:
Wondering how your organization’s fundraising trends match up with national averages?
Not yet participating in DataArts?
Massachusetts organizations have access to the platform for free through support from Mass Cultural Council and a few other local funders. Create an account and get started.
Hungry for more analytics reports?
SMU DataArts also offers the KIPI Dashboard, a free online diagnostic tool that allows arts organizations to benchmark their individual performance in nine finance and operations categories against their peers.