Mentoring and Technical Assistance

Raw sign

Coalition member organizations had considerably different capacities and competencies for major donor fundraising. In the friendly but competitive environment of Blooming Art, where 30 organizations were literally featured side-by-side, small organizations without trained staff or well-connected boards did not fare as well as those more established organizations.

ARTWorks for Kids asked for help from nonprofit development professionals not in the coalition. Engaged as consultants, these experts provided needs assessments; developed tailored plans; and offered support at the showcase as needed.

The most successful mentorship engagements had a few consistent elements:


“I am most indebted to our mentor. We have an action plan in place leading up to Blooming Art, and she’s going to specifically help me overcome my fear of talking to rich people.”
Mentorship recipient